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Fuente Fuente Opus X XXX Belicoso Cigar Review

Posted on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

Fuente Fuente Opus X XXX Belicoso Cigar Review

This 5 5/8×49 cigar otherwise known as the Power Ranger, or Triple X, or X3, features a dark brown firm and smooth wrapper with a mottled splotchy appearance, minimal veins, tight seams, even construction and a soft perfume like aroma.  First light reveals a perfect draw, tons of full bodied smoke with very dry black pepper and tobacco flavors with an extremely long dry finish.  You need a drink with this smoke.15 minutes in, the body is way down for an Opus X, to a solid medium while the strength is full on.  It’s had a bad burn to this point, with  almost an inch difference side to side and at this point needs a relight. Definitely strange for any Opus X.  40 minutes in at the 1/2 way point the flavors finally pick up a bit, adding a smooth coffee to the mix, although still very mild for an Opus X at a medium level.  Burn since the relight has been just ok, needing more puffs than the usual cigar to burn properly.  The ash is equally unimpressive flaking quite a bit and dropping off every 1/2 inch.  50 minutes in starting the last third, it needs another full relight.  It simply does not like to stay burning and goes out on it’s own.  It’s not tunneling or burning lopsided, it just simply goes out.  There has been no flavor transition since the last update point.  Ending at 1:20 where it went out completely again with 1 1/2″ or so remaining there were no further changes.  Thank you very much to viewer HappyTaro for generously sending this for review!

  • HappyTaro

    Oh geeze. I’m sorry it went out on you. Maybe an odd one out of the bunch? But, I agree. This Opus X is different from others. More one dimensional, but I like it. it’s my ‘once in awhile’ cigar.

    Good note on smoking at cigar lounges. For the lounges I goto, if I get a bad one out of the bunch, they will typically swap it out for you @ no charge.

    Anyway, I hope the rest of the stix burn ok. Not all have strength kicks. I tried to mix it up a bit.

    Thanks again for all of your great reviews!

    • HappyTaro

      Btw, I haven’t tried this batch yet; so, will try it @ the end of the week to see if I get the same results. The ones you tried were just rec’d from a tabaconnist I frequent. I have a couple of Power Rangers from 2006 which are fine from when I smoked it last. But shouldn’t make a differene cuz it’s more about construction & Opus X line s/b up there in that area. Hmmmm… Anyway, again my apologies…

      • http://www.cigarobsession.com Bryan Glynn

        Absolutely no reason to apologize! Thank you so much for sending it in again!

  • Hemingway

    That’s what she said HAHAHAHAH

  • Grove52

    oh well, ya can’t win ‘em all. :)

  • http://www.cigarobsession.com Bryan Glynn

    It’s astounding to me how just about everywhere this is being discussed – youtube, forums, facebook, etc. people are coming up with every excuse in the book why it had problems – are people really that fanboyish about cigars? Isn’t it easy enough to accept that sometimes you get a dud no matter what cigar line it is?

    No I did not smoke this in the wind. No you do not need to let them sit for 5 years before smoking. Yes it was lit just fine thank you. No I did not let it sit too long. No I did not smoke/edit/present/review this differently than the hundreds of my other video.

    Wow!

    • HappyTaro

      Yeah, even the best of them can have a dud in the bunch. But I think that people are discussing this because Opus X is thought of as the top of the line (and a major magazine named it as I think #3 as the best cigar of the year which I think is a bunch of dookie)

      To me, its a fun stick. All a matter of opinion. Different smokes for different folks.

      I’ll send you something different next time which should be fun to discuss… :)

  • 777xenos

    Bryan, thanks for another informative review. Appreciate the background info, and objectively presented observations.

  • Danny

    Great review once again! Your site helps me a lot to make a choice in which brands to try.
    Can’t find a Fuente here in Belgium though.
    To bad for the construction issues you had, must have been coincidence.
    I had a similar problem a while ago with a H. Upmann N°2, kind of takes the fun away of smoking having to pay that much attention on the burn.

  • Greg Bellante

    Fuente and Aston Cigars which Fuente makes are highly over rated and arguably the most expensive cigars out there. So, Bryan got a dud here no biggie it happens even in the best of cigars .

    • HerbalJedi

      WOW are you on glue bro lol Ashtons are awesome smokes and Fuentes have been doin their thing forever. Now I’m not sayin there’s not better out there but if you said Gurkha or something like that you might be better off but no worries man

  • Andrew

    Hmmm…medium-bodied with understated flavors and no transitions + full strength nicotine rush and several drinks + wonky burn + $20-30 per stick? Even if you got a lemon, I think I may pass on these for a while…not to mention that just about every internet cigar company is sold out of them! Thanks Bryan for the review, as always!