Opus X Reserva D Chateau Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, December 9, 2011
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Opus X Reserva D Chateau Cigar Review

This 7×48 cigar features a dark brown soft and spongy wrapper with a fairly rustic roll, minimal veins, tight invisible seams, triple cap, oily paper bag feel and faint pepper and tobacco aroma. First light reveals a very full body smoke with a light draw giving flavors of a smooth musty, deep and earthy tobacco, bit of sweetness and big oil through the finish. The first third shows more full bodied flavor with a very smooth complex blend of twangy flavors. That’s what I call a combo of black pepper, slight cayenne and citrus! The core is a smooth deep earth and tobacco, mixing well with the twang through the long finish. Smoke output and draw is excellent. 30 minutes in just hitting the 2nd third, body goes down a bit to medium-full, shifting to a very creamy smooth textured cinnamon and pepper with the same nice tobacco and zing. 45 minutes at the 1/2 way point flavors remain unchanged, the burn is razor sharp, smoke output is plentiful and thick, and the strength finally starts coming in, making me a bit light headed. 55 minutes in ending the 2nd third, flavors shift a bit dropping down the heavier earth replacing it with a nice creamy taste to go along with it’s texture. The cream goes very well with the sweet cinnamonish flavors and pepper zing through the finish. Ending at 1:15 the last bit showed no further changes, simply continuing the great performance.

  • Twin1NAC

    Great review. I have to admit I’m the exact same way when it comes to full strength cigars…I even find sometimes that I get sick from a cigar that didn’t get me sick the previous time, which is very annoying! I give all my smokes ample time to rest in the humidor just in case. Most of my smoking buddies find it quite amusing when I get flush and green and need to lay down, ha ha.

  • JJO

    Twang! Isn’t that the Duane Eddy sound? 😉 Great review.

  • LionTamer

    Man O Man, this was a class in session. quite entertaining though. Is this the longest video you made thus far ?.

    I have a couple of opusXs and anejo sticks languishing in my humidor, think I may light one up this weekend.

    cheers.

    • LionTamer

      Oflate the sticks I have smoked have all been below par and tasteless. Wondering if my Humidor is set right, as of this morning its showing 75% humidity and 59 degreesF.

      • JJO

        Have you calibrated your hygrometer lately? That’s the first thing I would do.

      • Ahhhh way too high! Go down to 70 max

        • LionTamer

          Thx JJO and Bryan, hygro salt test was spot on removed a couple of extra hydration pillows that i accidentaly left in there, now back down to 65.
          Recent memorable smoke: Punch rothchild maduro..

          • JJO

            LionTamer – Good to hear you got things back under control. It would be shame to waste those Fuentes! Happy smoking!

  • CigarStrawn

    Great review!
    I’ve heard that some cigar companies, like Arturo Fuente, will also age their tobacco in rum barrels and other sources of flavor after fermenting them.

    Wouldn’t aging these cigars at home also mellow out the flavor?

    • Aging is a complex process and cannot be fully explained in a small reply as volumes have been written on the subject. In short, aging a cigar will cause the oils to blend and oxidize. This process will, generally speaking, cause the smoker to perceive a more refined experience with increasingly nuanced aromatics. OpusX tend to show best when enjoyed at least five years after boxing.

  • puffrey

    Watching this review for the 3rd time however it is the 1st view for me since I picked up 2 of these as a gift for a friend who is getting his Master’s in a month. We have been talking for a year about getting them for the occasion and now I get to surprise him with Opus!

  • yosef5

    Another good review
    Thank you

  • klavius71

    I absolutely love Opus X. The Fuente’s went out of their way to create such a magnificent cigar that (according to my palate) compares to some Cubans. Your review was spot on to my experiences with Opus X, especially the Reserva D’ Chateau. When I get my hands on a few of these at a time, I will light one almost immediately and store the rest for mellowing. Great review.

  • Gigalo de Vitolas

    sounds like a tasty stick. So many cigars to smoke yet so little time. I wish my job allowed me to smoke at my desk.

  • Proud American

    I have to say, after living in Sicily for 18 years, and smoking Cohiba cigars any time I want, the stuff coming out of Nicaragua is comparable OR BETTER. I have some Opus X in my box, waiting three months… but the Rocky Patel Decades, I have been smoking are ON PAR with a Cohiba Siglo 6…..

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