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Quick Smoke: Arturo Fuente Opus X Chili Pepper

11 Jul 2009

Each Saturday and Sunday we’ll post a Quick Smoke: not quite a full review, just our brief take on a single cigar.


Not long ago I wrote that it isn’t always wise to let your rarest cigars sit in your humidor forever. With that in mind, I decided that Independence Day would be the perfect occasion for this rare (and pricey) Opus X Chili Pepper, which had been in my possession for the past two years. This Dominican puro features a somewhat rustic wrapper, but it’s well-constructed and is exceptionally firm to the touch. The flavor profile has plenty of cedar and a good amount of black pepper spice—what some call a Nicaraguan bite. As the cigar progresses, a subtle sweetness balances this medium- to full-bodied figurado.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

photo credit: Stogie Guys

4 Responses to “Quick Smoke: Arturo Fuente Opus X Chili Pepper”

  1. furious Saturday, July 11, 2009 at 2:41 am #

    Cheers, Patrick, for practicing what you preach. Life is too short to hoard sticks for a rainy day that may never come.

  2. Luke - AspiringGentl Saturday, July 11, 2009 at 6:55 am #

    Great cigar. Hope you enjoyed it.

  3. Jody Monday, July 20, 2009 at 8:16 am #

    I had no idea Fuente had an Opus X with a Hemingway wrap. What a beautiful cigar. I find Opus X too much bite for my tastes but the Hemingways are right up my alley. Being the only female cigar lover I know I don't hear much that's new or fab. Thanks!!

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