Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia

Arturo Fuente, Santiago, Dominican Republic

Arturo Fuente Opus X BBMF

There are cigars out there that you save for special occasions, maybe because the cigar is discontinued, maybe because it’s a unicorn, maybe a limited edition from a year that has special meaning to you, maybe because it’s very hard to find or maybe because the price tag is insane. I’ve been lucky enough to smoke a few unicorns and very expensive cigars like the Daniel Marshall 24k torpedo, but today I’m reviewing this Arturo Fuente Opus X BBMF because I got great news, my wife who’s from Singapore just got her MVV, that’s a permit to move to The Netherlands to stay with me and build a new life here. Now if that’s not a special occasion worthy of smoking the most expensive cigar from my stock then I don’t know what is.


Fuente shocked the cigar industry with the Opus X, the first Dominican puro, while everybody said that no wrapper could be grown on the Dominican Republic and the Opus X became a legendary cigar, the flagship of the Dominican cigars. Fuente branched off the Opus X with the Anejo and with limited edition with extreme names as chili pepper or pussy juice, weird shapes like footballs and they combined it in this perfecto with a shaggy head and the name Big Bad Mother Fucker aka BBMF. Its a Dominican puro, completely out of Sun Grown Rosado grown on the Chateau de la Fuente and if you can find these cigars the price tag is insane, I haven’t seen them cheaper than $275 online.


In my ratings the cigar scores points for the ring and the construction and with the high quality, very detailed, distinguished ring and the awesome shape of the cigar, with the beautiful maduro tip and the crazy head that looks like a masai haircut this cigar scored incredibly high on that department. The wrapper, chocolate milk brown, is flawless with one vein at the back. It feels a little oily and has a deep reddish glow. And the aroma, which is medium strong, has a complexity to it which is unique. I smell some ammonia but also spiced and herbs.


Due to the head I have no option than to cut. The cold draw is good and I taste pepper. After lighting I taste coffee and pepper and the initial draw is tight but that’s probably because of the shape. And indeed, once I am passed the Maduro foot the draw opens up. The flavor changes to toast then too with pepper and herbs. The pepper grows strong, with toast as a supporting flavor. Halfway the toast gets a little stronger and now with a little acidity but pepper is still the main flavor. The final third starts with a mellowed out pepper. The pepper gains strength again though.


The draw starts difficult but opens up soon but it’s hard to keep the cigar lit in the beginning and the burn is uneven and keeps giving me issues.  The silver gray ash is dense and firm. The smoke is medium at max and the burn and smoke rating completely destroy the high rating the cigar got for looks. This is a full flavored full bodied cigar. The smoke time is an hour and forty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? No. Insane price, too many burn issues.

Score: 90
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Arturo Fuente Añejo 77 Shark

There are a lot of cigar groups on Facebook and in some of those groups people like to combine days with cigar brands, like Tatuaje Tuesday and Fuente Friday. Since I have so many unpublished reviews and need to post a lot I decided that this week will be a week dedicated to the weekday – cigar combinations and I came up with a few of my own.

This week I will post a review every day, monday to sunday, all with the name tied to the weekday, here’s the list:

Murcielago Monday
Tatuaje Tuesday
Warped Wednesday
Taboo Thursday
Fuente Friday
Santiago Saturday
Sosa Sunday

Fuente Friday – Fuente Añejo Shark

Within a year after lighting my first cigar, which was a Cohiba Siglo II by the way, and reading a lot of information about the hobby I decided to smoke an Arturo Fuente Opus X because that was supposed to be the bomb. I can’t say that it was a bad cigar, because it wasn’t, but it was a let down, it’s an expensive cigar, the expectations were sky high and it didn’t give me the satisfaction that I thought it would give me so I stayed away from Opus for a few years until I was given an Opus X Shark. The size was intriguing, a box pressed foot with a torpedo top? How cool! And after smoking that cigar I was a believer, what a great stick, still expensive but worth the money. I guess I was just too unexperienced when I smoked my first Opus X.

 


And then you tell everybody that the Opus X shark is one of the best cigars that you’ve ever smoked until a few friends, who’s opinions about cigars I respect highly, say “nah, good cigar but the Fuente Anejo shark is better”. So the hunt began and I found some that I loved. About 3 years later my then employer got a lot of boxes is for a decent price of €22.50 per cigar so I bought a few and tonight I feel like lighting one for a review. Now if you don’t know the story about the Anejo, a hurricane left Fuente with a shortage of Opus X wrapper and instead of halting the production they decided to use a different wrapper, a 5 year old Connecticut Broadleaf that had been aging in cognac barrels and called the line Anejo. So in essence it’s an Opus X with a different wrapper.

 


The wrapper is beautiful, a flawless, dark, rustic wrapper with a silky touch and a little oil. The construction is unique and very good with that box pressed foot and the torpedo head. The aroma is mild and reminds me of a barnyard. The cigar has a cloth foot ring to protect the foot and a red ring with the golden Fuente logo and white letters A. Fuente Anejo. It surprises me that they went for the regular Fuente logo and not a twist on the Opus X logo as this cigar comes closed to Opus X than to a regular Fuente.

 


I had to use my xikar cutter instead of my preferred punch due to the vitola. The cold draw is fine and I taste a sweetness with some pepper and a bit of a cognac flavor, very mild though. I taste coffee with some metal and peanut shells.  After three puffs I taste coffee with some pepper and a little natural sweetness. After a centimeter I taste a caramel like sweetness with wood and a hint of cognac. Slowly the flavor changes a little with a little citrus added to dark oak, mild caramel and some black pepper. Halfway I taste caramel, lime, pepper and nuts, all subtle and soft yet not mild. A little later I taste coffee again with some chocolate and pepper. The final part is nice salty, nutty, peppery and woody.

 


The white ash is super dense and very firm. The smoke is medium thick, I prefer more smoke, but the draw is great. The smoke is great, slow and pretty straight. The cigar is flavorful yet subtle, a cigar for experienced smokers, not because of the strength but because of the complexity. The cigar is medium full bodied and full flavored. The smoke time is a hour and forty five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Every once in a while as a treat.

Score: 92
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Arturo Fuente Opus X Double Corona

This is an old review that somehow never got posted when it should have been uploaded.

I have no idea how I got this cigar, all I know it has some age on it and it has been bought at a Belgian shop as the cigar has a Belgian tax band. The cellophane has a golden Opus X print on it.
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The reddish brown wrapper is beautiful with 2 veins. The construction feels good and the wrapper feels silky. The aroma is mild. The cold draw is great and gives a spicy flavor. As for the ring, drop dead gorgeous.
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I taste a spicy cigar, herbs and pepper, coffee and citrus. A lot of complexity and spicier than I remembered from my previous Opus X experiences. After a centimeter I taste citrus, herbs and honey that slowly change into herbs with a citrus aftertaste. After a third I taste honey again with citrus, herbs and a little cedar and right before I reach the middle of the cigar I taste some pepper too. The flavors are well balanced and complex.
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After two thirds I taste cedar with some citrus and later on the herbs again with a hint of pepper. Near the end the pepper gets very strong.
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The smoke time was a whopping two hours and forty five minutes. The draw was amazing and I got a lot of thick smoke from the cigar. The ash is light colored, dense but not too firm. The burn is almost perfect. This is a full flavored full bodied and complex cigar.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Every once in a while, great cigar but that price tag, dayum

Appearance: 9
Construction: 9
Draw: 9
Burn: 9
Smoke & ash: 8
Aroma first part: 8
Aroma second part: 8
Aroma third part: 9

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Diamond Crown Maximus #4

Diamond Crown maximus is a brand made by Fuente for JC Newman. The filler is the same as the Opus X, I don’t know if the binder is the same but the wrapper is an Ecuadorian wrapper instead of a Dominican wrapper like the Opus X. The #4 that a friend gave me is a 6×50 toro.
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The band is detailed. The sun grown wrapper is quite dark with a lot of small and a few thick veins. I smell cacao powder with some wood. The construction feels good. The predraw is a bit tight and I taste raisin with a syrup like sweetness.
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I taste coffee, mild bitter and mild sweet. After half an inch I taste a soft wood flavor with quite some sweetness. After an inch I taste caramel with a bit of herbs and a tiny bit of chocolate. After a third I taste caramel with herbs. The chocolate has disappeared.
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The smoke time of this six inch cigar is an hour and thirty five minutes. I got a medium smoke. The draw was great, the burn was good. The light gray ash looks pretty and is firm. This cigar is medium flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I preferred the robusto

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Diamond Crown Maximus #5

The Diamond Crown Maximus is a Fuente made cigar for JC Newman. The cigars were introduced in 2003 and come in five sizes. I smoked the 5×50 robusto, called Diamond Crown Maximus #5. All cigars have a 50 rg though. The cigar is made from Opux X binder and filler with an Ecuadorian wrapper grown by the Oliva Tobacco group on their El Bajo farm. The cigars aren’t available in The Netherlands, I bought this cigar while I was in Florida. I paid $10.29 for it.
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The band is pretty but very detailed and busy. The chocolate brown wrapper is shiny and oily and I see a few thin veins. The construction feels good. I smell some straw with barnyard. The predraw is fine, I taste some mild tobacco.
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I taste sweet coffee with some wood, the flavors are mild musty but pleasant. The coffee disappears and after half an inch taste sweet wood, quite dry, but smooth and subtle.
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The flavors continue to be smooth, subtle and complex. The sweetness I taste is a combination of honey and caramel with some wood. After two thirds I taste wood and some herbs. Wood is the main flavor and the caramel honey flavor loses some of its strength. The cigar slowly gets a bit spicy.
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This cigar lasted me little over an hour. The draw was great, just like the burn. I got a lot of smoke. The light colored ash is firm. This cigar is medium flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I wouldn’t mind if these became available on the Dutch market.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Ashton ESG 20th anniversary

The Ashton Estate Sun Grown, Ashton’s own Opus X. And if I am well informed this is actually Opus X filler and binder with a unique Dominican wrapper, grown by the Fuentes, and never been used on any cigar before. Like any cigar with the Ashton name, these cigars are made by Fuente.
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The cigar looks great, a beautiful light brown colored wrapper with just one thin vein. The band is awesome and I smell a strong barnyard smell with some ammonia. The construction feels good and the band on the cigar is a piece of art. This 6¾x49 cigar had a great predraw with a nice tobacco flavor.
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I taste coffee and an earthy flavor with some pepper and some caramel. The pepper is also in the aftertaste and it is strong, red pepper. Soon I taste leather, wood and pepper. After half an inch I taste leather with a nice acidic flavor, herbs and some pepper in the aftertaste. After a third I taste leather with wood and some citrus. The aftertaste is now mild creamy with a herbal flavor.
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Slowly the herbal flavor grows in strength and become the main flavor with some creamy leather on the background. There are spicy herbs in the aftertaste with some citrus. I also taste some chocolate. The aftertaste slowly releases a red pepper flavor. The main flavor now changes to herbal leather with some citrus and pepper while the aftertaste is herbal. After two thirds I taste leather with wood, some citrus and herbs on the aftertaste. Near the end I taste mild creamy leather with herbs.
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This cigar lasted me for a full and pleasant two hours. The draw is great and the light colored ash is compact and firm. The burn is good. This cigar is medium bodied but full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I will, due to the price not by the box, but a single every now and then

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Diamond Crown Maximus #10

Ever since these Diamond Crown Maximus cigars hit the market in 2003, they are a big hit. Made by Fuente for J.C. Newman in the Dominican Republic with a El Bajo sun grown wrapper. I reviewed some Diamond Crowns Maximus before but I never had this 6.7×54 double belicoso before, it is the only Diamond Crown Maximus with a ring gauge other than 50. I bought this in Orlando for 18 dollar
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The wrapper is chocolate colored with a few big veins and it looks wrinkled. I smell a strong chocolate and barnyard smell. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine, I taste tobacco with a hint of raisin.
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I taste sweet coffee with some soil and cedar. After half an inch the coffee disappears and I taste sweet wood instead. After a third the cigar gets a bit spicy and I also taste some herbs.
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Halfway I taste herbs with honey and wood. The flavors are smooth and subtle. Near two thirds the wood flavor gets stronger. Near the end I also taste some pepper.
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The smoke time of this cigar is an hour and forty minutes. The draw is great and I got a decent amount of medium thick smoke. The ash is almost white, compact and firm. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored and has a nice burn.
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Would I buy this cigar again? For 18 dollar I expect more than what I got from this cigar.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Opus X shark Ilja van Horssen

Ilja van Horssen was an important man for the Dutch longfiller society, together with his brother Sasja he started The Longfiller Company, which is now the biggest independent cigar importer in The Netherlands with Fuente, Oliva, Ashton, Padron, Don Pepin Garcia, La Flor Dominicana, Tatuaje and many other brands in its portfolio and later opened a cigar shop in The Hague and bought a second. Without Ilja the longfiller wouldn’t be as popular as it is nowadays in The Netherlands. A couple of years ago Ilja died at age 36 from cancer and since then his brother Sasja honors him by releasing 36 numbered boxes of hard to find cigars as the “Ilja van Horssen edition”. This years Ilja cigar will be the Opus X shark, a really hard, almost impossible to find Opus X. The shark is a pyramid, 5¾x54 with a round top and a completely square foot end. The cigar is made with the Opus X blend with a rosado binder and wrapper.
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The wrapper is chocolate brown with a lot of oil and a big vein running over it. I smell speculaas, a Dutch cookie with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cardamom and white pepper. The construction feels good, the predraw is just fine and I taste some raisin.
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I taste leather, herbs, pepper and the cigar is quite spicy. After a quarter of an inch the cigar gets a bit of caramel sweetness, pepper, herbs and wood. I also taste some chocolate. After half an inch I taste sweet cedar with a herbal aftertaste. The sweetness is still caramel like. Soon after I taste spicy herbs with some caramel far on the background. I also taste some wood. After an inch I taste herbs with a little bit of citrus and some chocolate.
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Halfway I taste spicy herbs with some pepper and some leather. I also taste something sweet and sour on the background and in the aftertaste. I also taste some chocolate on the background. The flavors change to hazelnuts with a little bit of a salty flavor. After two thirds I taste nuts with some herbs and a little bit of pepper. Near the end I taste more herbs and pepper.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours and five minutes. The draw is great and I got a lot of smoke. The light colored ash is compact and firm. The burn started a bit crooked but corrected itself. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? HELL YEAH!

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 9 / 10
Aroma first part: 9 / 10
Aroma second part: 9 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Ashton aged maduro #20

The Ashton aged maduro is rare according to the Ashton website because of the limited availability of the Connecticut broadleaf wrapper that is used. Most of the crop doesn’t make it through quality control. I wonder if that is true, as I have no problems finding the cigars here in The Netherlands. Anyway, I smoked the Ashton aged maduro #20, a corona with a length of 5½ inch with a ring 44 which I bought years ago in a cigarshop in Den Bosch.
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The wrapper is almost black, quite oily, mild shiny and it doesn’t have much veins. The band is simple. I smell a quite strong barnyard smell. The construction feels good and I get a good predraw, which tastes a bit like dry tobacco.
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I taste chocolate and coffee with a little bit of wood. Half an inch later I taste leather with some pepper and after a third I also get some citrus. Halfway I still taste the leather with the citrus, pepper, nuts and even some cinnamon sharpness.
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The peppery aftertaste becomes stronger and I even taste some chocolate. After two thirds I taste herb with citrus and wood. The cigar slowly gets bitter and unpleasant. Lots of pepper with some leather and citrus, but all burned flavors.
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This cigar lasted me fifty-five minutes. I got a lot of smoke that was medium thick. The draw was good on the loose side of good. The ash is white, a nice contrast with the black wrapper, but not so firm. The burn is good. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? If I smoke Ashton, I will go for the VSG or the brands like La aroma de cuba, San Cristobal or Benchmade.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

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Ashton cabinet pyramid

The Ashton Cabinet series has 10 different sizes, amongst which this 6×52 pyramid. The Dominican filler for this cigar has aged 4 to 5 years and the Connecticut Shade wrapper has aged for even longer. Six different kinds of tobacco are used to create the blend, which Ashton calls “the white burgundy of cigars” due to the complexity of the flavors.
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The wrapper is pale and light colored with a few thin and sharp veins. The cigar has a mild barnyard smell. The construction feels good and the cigar has a great predraw, I taste a spicy and peppery tobacco.
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I taste a smooth, mild spicy, peppery and bitter coffee flavor with some pepper in the aftertaste. After half an inch I taste herbs with pepper and a herbal aftertaste and a slowly growing cedar flavor. The mild sweet and sour herbs are nice, the sour flavor reminds me of lemon or citrus and I get some pepper in the aftertaste. Every now and then I also taste some chocolate in the aftertaste.
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Halfway I taste something bitter and herbal with far on the background even some chocolate. The pepper has gone. Later I taste a full wood flavor with some herbs and after two thirds the flavors get company from a bitter and spicy pepper. The pepper grows in strength towards the end.
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This cigar has a smoke time of an hour and fifteen minutes. The draw and burn are great and I got plenty of thick smoke. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm. When I purged the cigar I got a nice big flame. This cigar is medium to full bodied and full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I might, just a single every now and then.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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