Nice review Brooks! I've seen some sites have the Fuente story 2011 with a Taurus the Bull so this was definitely surprising to me.
Review: OpusX Scorpio Maduro
For those of you that don’t know… In November of 2011 Fuente released its latest version of the popular The Fuente Story humidors. In commemoration of the 99th anniversary of the Arturo Fuente Cigar Company, Fuente released 2,011 travel humidors produced by Prometheus, made of Macassar ebony and including four different (fairly rare) cigars. The FFOX Scorpio was first released in 2007 as part of the Journey to Chateau de la Fuente humidor release. Since then, it has gone on to appear in numerous Prometheus/Fuente humidors and in 2010, the FFOX Scorpio Maduro was first released as part of the 2010 Opus 22 set.
The astrological scorpio is fairly important to the Fuente family, so it is no surprise they named a cigar after it. An excerpt from “Journey to Chateau de la Fuente” reads:
And when one asks about the picturesque painted rock scorpion colorfully stretched out across a green expanse of lawn, Carlito will tell you that Scorpio was the astrological birth sign of his grandfather Arturo, born on November 18th. Perhaps not by chance, this was also the date the very first boxes of Fuente Fuente OpusX were shipped to America.
Included in each sampler are:
- The biography of Carlos Fuente Sr.
- 1 Don Arturo Gran AniverXario, Natural
- 1 Don Arturo Gran AniverXario, Sun Grown
- 1 Don Carlos Edicion de Aniversario, Double Robusto
- 1 Fuente Fuente OpusX, Scorpio Maduro
(Pictures via Press Release)
In May 2011, there was another release of the same humidor, but included:
- 1 Don Arturo Gran Aniverxario Natural
- 1 Don Arturo Gran Aniverxario Sun Grown
- 1 Don Carlos Edicion de Aniversario Double Robusto
- 1 OpusX Tauros the Bull
Instead of 2,011 humidors, Fuente released only 1,912 humidors to commemorate the birth of the Arturo Fuente Cigar Company.
But enough of that, let’s get down to business, shall we?
- Cigar Reviewed: Fuente Fuente OpusX Scorpio Maduro
- Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
- Factory: Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia
- Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
- Binder: Dominican Chateau de la Fuente Sun Grown
- Filler: Dominican Chateau de la Fuente Sun Grown
- Size: 5 3/4 Inches
- Ring Gauge: 56
- Vitola: Double Robusto
- MSRP: $41.50 (Travel Humidors of 4 Cigars, $165.00)
- Date Released: November 2011
- Number of Cigars Released: 500 Opus 22 2010 Humidors of 1 Cigar & 2,011 The Fuente Story of 1 Cigar (2,511 Total Cigars)
- Number of Cigars Smoked for Review: 2
The Scorpio Maduro is covered in an extremely dark brown wrapper that smells strongly of barnyard, manure, wood and leather. It has the perfect amount of give when squeezed and the Connecticut Broadleaf is quite toothy along its length, although there are no bumps or seams to be seen.
The First Third starts off with quite a strong black pepper overtone, along with flavors of toast, barnyard and dark bitter chocolate. Very strong flavors to start, and the strength of the Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia creation is fairly high out of the gate as well. The Second Third shifts a bit with less obvious black pepper, although definitely still noticeable, and more of a dark earthy profile. Still a bit of bitter chocolate as well, but no spice to speak of. Strength is increasing and by the end of the Second Third of OpusX Scorpio Maduro, it is easily a strong medium. The Final Third continues like the previous with about the same black pepper, and the same dark chocolate and earth. However, the big change was the strength, which continued to ramp up until it was a solid full by the time I quit.
- While the original OpusX Maduro wrappers (reviewed HERE and HERE) were Cuban Hybrid-Seed grown at Chateau de la Fuente, the newer ones (i.e. any produced after about 2002, including the CF 22 Boxes) all use Connecticut Broadleaf.
- A portion of the sales proceeds will be donated to Cigar Family Charitable Foundation.
- The ash on the Opus Scorpio Maduro is a very light gray, not quite white.
- Construction, burn and draw were perfect for both samples that I smoked, a pleasure to smoke.
- The Final Smoking Time for this cigar was 1 Hour and 25 Minutes.
- Although just about every place I looked only sell these in the Fuente Story packs (for around $165), the wonderful people at site sponsor Tobacco Grove are selling them in singles for $41.50. While that seems like quite a bit for a cigar and let’s be honest — it IS quite a bit for a cigar; it is actually one of the cheapest prices I have seen for a real Opus Maduro. Also, if you buy the whole package, Tobacco Grove is throwing in an extra Don Arturo Sun Grown Gran AniverXario, which is a $50ish value. Go HERE if you want one.
The Bottom Line: I have a smoked a few different vitolas of the new Opus Maduros, most notably the Robusto and the BBMF, and the Scorpio Maduro is easily the best out of those. Still not the most complex flavors, but I do love a nice earthy cigar, and this one had that profile in spades. The major problem with this specific vitola is that it has only been released in the humidor releases for CFCF, making it very expensive. Is the OpusX Scorpio Maduro worth $15 more than its non-Maduro brother? Yes, indeed, at least to me, but then, I do like the profile it gives me.
Final Score: 89