Review: Opus X 952R
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Among the other cigars in that humidor were ten of the so called “952R” which is a 5 3/4 x 50 Short Pyramid that had supposedly been aging since 1997, which would make the cigar 13 years old at the time of this review, and one of the oldest Opus X there is, since the Original Release of the Opus X brand was in late 1995. (Sixteen of the 952Rs were also included with each of the 200making the total number produced of this vitola 4,200 sticks in 300 humidors.)
Now, when I purchased these five cigars, they were still in the packaging from the original humidor release, and I put them away for a while, thinking I would get to them at a later date. Well, I kinda forgot about them, and just happened to run across them recently, and decided it was (past) time to do a review.
Now, IMHO, well aged Opus X are one of the most amazing smokes in the world, and I expected this to be no different, but alas, I was to be disappointed…
- Cigar Reviewed: Fuente Fuente Opus X 952R
- Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
- Factory: Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia
- Wrapper: Dominican Chateau de la Fuente Sun Grown Rosado
- Binder: Dominican Chateau de la Fuente
- Filler: Dominican Chateau de la Fuente
- Size: 5 3/4 Inches
- Ring Gauge: 50
- Vitola: Short Pyramid
- Est. Price: $10.25 (Boxes of 18, $184.50)
- Date Released: December 2009
- Number of Cigars Released: 100 Humidors of 10 Cigars & 200 Humidors of 16 Cigars (4,200 Total Cigars)
The cigar itself was a great looking specimen, and quite firm when squeezed…the band on the cigar was quite yellow where it should be white (as it should be if it is this old), and the wrapper is a nice medium brown color and smells faintly of chocolate and cinnamon.
The dominant flavors in this cigar were a creamy cedar, coffee, a bit of spice, tobacco and a taste of an extremely earthy “grit” that was not pleasant, but was fairly interesting. The flavors just never seemed to “gel,” it was almost like they were sitting on top of each other. At the end, the cigar got so mild and flavorless that I almost put it down, since it was obvious I was wasting my time, but I DID finish it, waste of time and all.
In fact, I was so surprised about the outcome of this smoke, I gave one to a local friend to smoke, not telling him what it was before he smoked it, and he agreed with my assessment, and was astounded at what the cigar turned out to be, perhaps he will make a comment on this thread with his thoughts.
Also, while the draw and burn were great for the whole stick, the wrapper split on me in the first third of the cigar, and when I say “split,” I mean it. VERY annoying, but did not affect the flavor of the cigar in any way that I could tell, so it is just an interesting note.
The Bottom Line: I was surprised that this was an Extremely disappointing cigar, especially considering that I have smoked some OR Opus that have blown me away…This was a Very mild and annoyingly boring specimen that never got any better, in fact, at the end of the cigar, it was so flavorless, it was almost like I was smoking air through a straw. Just chalk this up to yet another “Hard to Find” cigar that has much more purpose in its rarity then in its actual flavor. (It is also an interesting look into how too MUCH age might effect a cigar negatively, but that is something I will get into at a later date.)
Final Score: 75