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Fuente Fuente Opus X Perfecxion No. 5

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I’ve actually been a non-slacker lately, kicking out another a review. Daniel will actually be going out of town this week and next on a much deserved vacation in Florida, where he will be soaking up rays, drinking real beer, and will not have to worry about being attacked by moose (mooses? moosi? meece?). So I, along with you, our readers, will be allowed to take some time and bash his reviews with comment love while he is away. Kidding of course, I hope he has a great time and a safe return. Anywho, moving forward with this week’s review of Fuente Fuente’s Opus X Perfecxion No. 5.

Fuente Fuente Opus X Perfecxion No. 5

The Good Stuff: This stick was amongst a package sent over from out friend at Cigars Direct some time ago. They carry a large variety of Opus X with this stick at a price point of $19.95 a piece. I can’t think of a line that is anywhere near as hyped up as the Opus X due to price point, and rarity. The Opus X line, is one of the very few cigars blended perfectly enough to use Cuban seed tobacco grown exclusively in the Dominican Republic. After being rolled, the cigars are then cured in rum barrels, and then aged for at least a year before being packaged and shipped.

Fuente Fuente Opus X Perfecxion No. 5

Size: 4.88 x 40  –  Wrapper: Dominican  –  Binder/Filler: Dominican  –  Body: Full

Fuente Fuente Opus X Perfecxion No. 5

Prelight:The Opus X Perfecxion No. 5 is a nice box-pressed style petit corona. The wrapper is almost calico colored, spotted with orange and medium brown with lots of small darker brown spots. The wrapper is silky, and extremely shiny and almost sticky to the touch. The Perfecxion No. 5 is then topped off with a rounded triple cap (that was capped so cleanly it took a very close inspection to even figure out how many times it was wrapped) and branded with the standard Fuente Fuente Opus X signature gold and red band that demands the attention of just about anyone’s eyes. The Perfecxion No. 5 is extremely firm to the touch, with no soft spots and only one larger vein running through the body of the cigar. Perfectly constructed. The wrapper gives off an extremely pungent tobacco scent of notes of citrus and spice. The foot gives off a very similar scent, only with added grain and oat aromas. The Perfecxion No.5 clipped cleanly using my double bladed Palio cutter. The cold draw produced very earthy flavors with hints of oats and leather.

Fuente Fuente Opus X Perfecxion No. 5

First Smoke:The Opus X Perfecxion No .5 starts off very smooth and creamy with a small burst of pepper and spice backed by cedar, leather, cocoa, and tart plum. I was actually surprised how smooth this cigar started out as I was expecting something with a little more punch, not that I am complaining in anyway. The Perfecxion No. 5’s effortless draw kicks out a thick, cedar scented cloud of smoke while giving off very little to almost not stationary smoke. The burn line on this Opus X Perfecxion No. 5 is razor sharp and dead even producing a beautiful, tightly packed white and light grey ash that held on for about two inches before giving way.

Fuente Fuente Opus X Perfecxion No. 5

Halfway There:Halfway into this Perfecxion No. 5 the Pepper flavors and the body really began to ramp up. The main flavors outside of the pepper are still very earthy and leathery with a bit of spice and sweetness. There is also a little bit of plum still in there but the sweet tobacco is starting to overpower it. The retrohale is a bit strong and spicy, but gives off a great cedar primer. The full body is really starting to make itself more apparent. The burn line has started to produce a few small waves, but nothing to be concerned about at this time.

Fuente Fuente Opus X Perfecxion No. 5

Finish:I don’t know if it is just me, but I swear I taste some type of meat in this cigar. Beef maybe? Maybe I am just hungry. Who knows. The nicotine in this little cigar is starting to hit me like a ton of bricks. Very strong into the final third. Outside of the meaty flavor, the cedar and spice mixed with a bit of sweetness are the flavors taking center stage, with a ton of earthy notes to back it up. The burnline has corrected itself and is now burning dead even. The Perfection No. 5 burned pretty slow and actually took about 1.75 hours for me to smoke from start to finish.

Fuente Fuente Opus X Perfecxion No. 5

One thing did irk the crap out of me. From the beginning I had wondered just how much glue is used to hold a band as large as the opus x band in place. The answer, too damn much. As you can see from the picture below when carefully removing the band I found that glue had seeped out of the band and on to wrapper destroying it upon removal. Not a good sign from such an expensive cigar.

Fuente Fuente Opus X Perfecxion No. 5

Overview: After all is said and done the Opus X Perfection No. 5 is a damn good cigar. The complex, and plentiful flavors make for a great cigar experience. The body, and complexity is probably too much for the novice cigar smoker, but perfect for just about any enthusiast. The price point is the only thing that concerns me. $19.95 a piece from the Cigars Direct. I honestly think I’d much rather have a nice little Padron or even a Fuente Anejo over Opus X at that price point.

Fuente Fuente Opus X Perfecxion No. 5

Pairing:I decided to change pace a little bit and pair this cigar with a glass of Sandeman’s Founder’s Reserve Tawny Port. This port is an extremely dry, powerful wine with strong black cherry, raspberry, cinnamon, and grape notes. It made a great pairing with the opus X, although at times I had to put it down and sip on water just to ensure myself that the citrus and plum flavors I was picking up in the cigar we not that of the wine itself. The Opus X Perfecxion No. 5 is a flavor bomb, just waiting to go off. You really want to be careful and pair this with something dry, of flavorless. Unsweetened tea, dry wine, water, or scotch make for a perfect combination.

Fuente Fuente Opus X Perfecxion No. 5

Tony Casas is a 32 year old Creative Managing/Webdesigning/Craft Beer Drinking Cigar smoker from El Paso, Texas. When he isn't loving his wife he is either sleepy, hungry, or suffering from a headache.

17 Comments

  1. thetobaccophile

    July 20, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Dude, you’re going to kill me. Now I have to go get a $20 stick (just to research of course), and some port…. Great write up, as usual.

  2. Tony Casas

    July 20, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Thanks for the kind words! It’s always ok to splurge wenever “research” is invlolved 🙂

  3. DaByrdman33

    July 20, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Good review. I’ve only had three Opus X cigars & while I enjoyed them, I agree that the price point is a little steep in comparison to the experience. I also have had the same issues with Opus bands that you experienced. Keep up the good quality work bro.

    -DaByrdman33-

    • Tony Casas

      July 20, 2010 at 9:26 am

      Thanks man. I was telling Daniel earlier. It’s the fine details (such as band and glue work) that can really make or break an experience. With the price point what it is, you would think they would offer a higher quality on items such as these. Especially since it wasn’t a one time deal.

      Thanks for the read bro!

  4. Matthew

    July 20, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Gotta love the glue on those bands!

  5. The Champ

    July 20, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Good review brotha!! I totally dug the pairing as im a huge port fan!! Opus X is a “special occasion” cigar to me since it is priced so high. Keep up the great work!

    -The Champ

  6. Tony Casas

    July 20, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Matthew, everytime it happens i throw up in my mouth a little.

    Champ. Thanks man, I have been trying to pair with wine a bit more. I always hated wine until recently when I discovered port. I’ve been obsessed since.

  7. rcaddell23

    July 20, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Good review Tony!

    I don’t think I’ve ever had a Opus band come off completely clean… Its a pretty heavy duty paper they use too.

    lately I’ve had a run of bad luck with the burn on these bad boys… Can’t seem to keep em’ lit…but when the do burn they are great smokes.

    • Tony Casas

      July 20, 2010 at 10:11 am

      Yeah its kinda sad, but I guess it’s the price you pay for a luxury band. This one actually started to go out on me a bit, so I started puffing away and it regained it’s burn. I figured it was just me babysitting the cigar so I didn’t mention it in the review 🙂

  8. Albert

    July 20, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Tony, It was a real pleasure meeting you Saturday, thanks for the cigar! I’m going to have to try this Fuente dispite the expense (I’ll make sure and eat something before hand).

    thamks again!

  9. Tony Casas

    July 20, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    It was my pleasure Albert. Thank you and the family for the hospitality. My wife and I had a blast!

  10. Dalamscius

    July 21, 2010 at 4:29 am

    Great job Tony, I’ve had a few Opus X’s and the experiences have been mixed, going to have to do a little more “research”! hehe
    So who was that super cool guy who told you to start drinking Port???

  11. Victor

    July 21, 2010 at 9:05 am

    I have tried the Opus X before and enjoyed it. The price on the Opus X, on the other hand, is just too much. With so many great cigars out there for half the price, I think I’ll pass on buying another.

    I’m glad to hear you and your wife had a good time on Saturday. It was great finally meeting you. Hope we can sit back and enjoy a smoke, a beer and a talk sometime soon

  12. Tony Casas

    July 21, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Daniel, Have fun on your trip guy!

    Victor, just let me know and consider us there!

  13. Jared

    July 22, 2010 at 6:57 am

    Plum are you serious? C’mon man! Aside from wrapping my brain around what plum in a cigar would taste like, GREAT Review. Again I havent had an OPUS X but I’m in no hurry. Too many cigars out there to try that i can afford. Keep goin brother!

  14. Tony Casas

    July 22, 2010 at 6:59 am

    Jared! There you are man. Hope you’re doing well out there. Yeah man plum, totally in there. 🙂

    Its not anything you should rush to buy. Its more of a “gift” cigar. a really nice gift cigar 🙂

  15. Jim Ledford

    April 15, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Got to give credit to A. Fuente for knowing how to create a great cigar. I’ve been through boxes of Opus X, double robusto, robusto and the power house Perfecxion #4. all have been of high quality craftsmanship, great burn, near prefect draw and great amounts of flavor packed smoke. My only complaint is to much glue is used on the band of the Perfecxion #4. I stopped trying to remove them until the burn was right at the band and this seemed to heat the glue enough to loosen it up a bit. Still less glue would be better. The reviewer did a fine job of explaining the complexities of this little power house of a cigar. A bold Arabica bean coffee such as Gevalia makes the prefect companion beverage and I would not use any form of alcohol for the reason of not wanting my taste buds dulled or desensitized whereby depriving me of the complex flavors coming out of the prefecxion #4. I can’t say enough great things about the Opus X line and right now it’s a toss up as to whether it’s the double robusto or the power house Perfecxion #4 receiving my hightest praise. For the first time sampler of the Perfecxion #4 I recommend you eat first then cleanse your palate so as to maximize your sense of taste. On a 1 to 10 I’ll give the Perfecxion #4 a 9.5 and if Fuente will reduce the amount of glue used on the band I’ll revise that rating to a 10.

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