The Opus X that I smoked for this review came from the Fuente Extremely Rare Holiday Collection. Personally, I wouldn’t consider the cigars that included in the box of 10 extremely rare as 2 of them are released twice a year while the other 3 are usually available all year round. Something that I would consider extremely rare would be the unique Opus X shapes such as the BBMF or the Forbidden X line. The box had an msrp price of $95 before taxes and is distributed nationwide. From 2007 to 2011 It seems that the cigars and vitolas have stayed the same while the price point has gone up ranging from $95 to $120 in certain shops. I’d like to venture that the 2012 Extremely Rare Holiday Collection will be the same cigars.
Fuente Extremely Rare Holiday Collection (contains 2 of each size):
Anejo #48 “7 x 48″
Double Chateau Natural “6 3/4 x 50″
Double Chateau Sungrown “6 3/4 x 50″
Hemingway Classic “7 x 48″
Opus X Perfecxion X “6 1/4 x 48″
Fuente Fuente Opus X Perfecxion X
Wrapper: Dominican Shade Grown Rosado
Size: 6 1/4 x 48
Time In Humidor: 5 years
Smoke Time: 1hr 40 min
The Opus X Perfecxion X comes with a cedar wrap on the cigar with a red band on the foot. It seems to be well rolled with a good amount of weight in the cigar. I did notice one or 2 water marks on the wrapper itself but tears or holes which hold more weight in judging this vitola. The band is the typical Opus X which I like for the most part but some may feel it’s too much and takes away from the cigar. The overall appearance doesn’t seem to be the best. In fact, many of the premium lines from Fuente don’t always have the greatest look but they usually perform well.
The draws on Opus X tend to get better or at least that way once the cigars start to age as I notice this again on the Perfecxion X. The burn was wavy and at times jagged, but that was easily fixed with a few touchups. The draw was one of the best that I’ve had in a while close to perfect. The volume of smoke was typical for the Opus X, just the right amount. Even though the white ash fell sooner than expected on one of the cigars, it held for little over an inch. It’s still breezy up here in NH so the wind may be playing a small role with the size of the ash and volume of smoke in the pictures.
The wrapper and foot smell very similar with notes of cedar and tobacco. The foot does give off a bit more spice in stronger amounts. In the initial draw, I get leather with a small dose of spice. In the first third the leather notes are strong with a rich flavor along with some sweet undertones and the pepper has mellowed out quite a bit as if it were just little sprinkled. The aroma however, is very peppery and that hasn’t changed. The five years of age has helped the Perfecxion X out very much and even though the flavor notes have mellowed a bit, the strength feels like a solid medium that is slowly progressing.
The second part continues where the first left off. I do notice a bit of herbal spices on the finish but the overall flavors feel married. Midway through there are tangy notes though the overall profile feels unified. The cigar has a creaminess to it while the flavors are rich with hints of chocolate at times. Entering the third, notes of cedar and wood are prevalent even leather still is dominant. The Perfecxion X ends up as a full bodied cigar but different from the strength of a fresh Opus X which may confront you with a steady blast of pepper.
- Solid construction, above average burn, wonderful draw combined with a flavor profile that is mellow and married makes this cigar very good. However, while I could detect various notes in the Perfecxion X, leather really dominated the profile and wonder if this will continue to increase at least in this vitola.
- This is a medium complexity cigar that starts off with medium body and increases to full by the end of the cigar. I think because of the lack of punch (pepper), the strength of the cigar can be deceiving.
- The Perfecxion X is a very good size vitola for the Opus X line. However, I find the smaller vitolas to be more enjoyable for the most part. I feel the wrapper shines more in the small vitolas because of the ratio of wrapper to binder/filler.
- At almost $15 a stick, the Perfecxion X has a higher pricepoint than most Opus X. I would recommend buying a few of these and various other sizes to see how they all smoke. Not everyone prefers an “aged” Opus. Find out what you enjoy and go from there.
- If the Extremely Rare Holiday Collection continue to have the same cigars in them, I don’t believe it is a worthwhile buy. Save your money and purchase the Opus X and Anejo individually.