Fuente Fuente OpusX Reserva d’Chateau

Fuente Fuente OpusX Reserva d’Chateau

The number 11 cigar on our list of the Top 25 Best Cigars is Fuente OpusX Reserva d’Chateau.

#11 Opus X
Wrapper Origin: Dominican Shape: Double Corona
Length: 7 Ring: 48
Color: Natural List Price: $525 (Box of 32)
Origin: Dominican Republic Strength: Full

Cigar Aficionado Rating: 93 points

Fuente Fuente OpusX has been operating as a business for 25 years. The brand was launched in 1995 and what followed is a cult status of the brand for cigar aficionados due to a number of reasons: mysterious packaging, strange and uncanny name, limited production, and most especially because of its Dominican wrapper.

There was a common thought in the ‘90s that it is not possible to grow a top quality wrapper leaf in Dominican soil. Carlos “Carlito” Fuente Jr. didn’t agree with the common belief and insisted to prove that a good Dominican wrapper is possible with the aid of good climate, soil, and seeds. Carlos was able to find the right mix. He used Cuban seeds. The microclimate is coming from the region of Bonao while the soil is from the majestic plantation called the Chateau de la Fuente.

The OpusX Reserva d’Chateau is known as a Churchill that is relatively thinner in today’s standards. Even for those who are used to the thick cigars, when it comes to OpusX, it is better to go thin. This will allow you to taste the wrapper more which is what the entire experience is about. You cannot expect the OpusX to be a mild cigar. For every puff on the cigar, the smoker can taste a mixture of flavors which include leather, earth, spice, a hint of nutmeg, and that standout taste that only comes from a piece of Chateau de la Fuente. It is elegant in every inch, and this cigar gives off a bold and spicy smoke that can run as smooth as silk. It is a cigar that can grace all those special occasions.

There are cigar lovers who advise to let the Chateau de la Fuente age for 3 to 5 years in the humidor. It may be tempting to smoke it right out of the box. However, for those who like to experience the cigar in the best way, it’s better to let it sit for a while. Otherwise, the cigar’s flavor profile is complex and it’s not likely for a cigar smoker to get bored smoking it.