Why Is The Arturo Fuente Opus X Destino Cigar Rare?The Arturo Fuente Opus X Destino cigar is among the rarest cigars in the world. Some aficionados believe it is, in fact, the rarest in the world, with some boxes having high price tags on some auction sites. When an enthusiast does find a dealer with them, they are usually only available in extremely limited quantities. However, they are worth the search because they feature a complex flavor profile that’s hard to match in today’s world of tobacco. As a result, they continue to be coveted according to publications that follow the industry.


 


This stick is a Dominican Puro, which is rare in itself. The wrapper comes from the finest plants in the Chateau de la Fuente, and the binder and fillers are a guarded secret. It is available in a staggering number of vitolas, though the Robusto (5 1/4 x 42), Super Belicoso (5 1/2 x 42) and Petit Lancero (6 1/4 x 46) are the most popular. The wrapper is medium brown in color and hides its veins and seams well. The label is red, orange and gold, and combines the company’s mark with a unique tag for the cigar brand. Reviewers detected a number of flavors on the prelight, including raisin and some spice.


 


The initial third of the Arturo Fuente Opus X Destino starts with an unusual mix of flavors, including some black pepper, raisin and a rarely-seen clove. The clove note is spicy and leaves a tingling on the tongue that adds a nice punch to the profile. About an inch in, some reviewers detected a little acid that resembles a citrus taste. By the end of the first-third, some slightly bitter chocolate and cocoa emerges and fills out the background. The clove and raisin flavors remain the primary notes going into the second-third.


 


During the second-third of this Dominican cigar, the flavors deepen greatly and become highly complex. The spicy clove slowly transitions into something similar to cinnamon and nutmeg, while the black pepper moves to the back of the palate. The raisin sweetness is still present, while the chocolate and cocoa flavors are joined with some damp earth and coffee flavors. Some reviewers also detected some toast and smoky wood notes.


 


In the last third of the Arturo Fuente Opus X Destino, the raisin flavor is still the dominant taste and is joined by the earth and spices. The black pepper is apparent on the retrohale at this point, and the background fills out the rest of the profile nicely, providing a rich mix of cocoa, chocolate, coffee, tobacco and wood notes. The end of the cigar features the black pepper along with the spice, giving a final kick before finishing off nice and cool.






Along with the unique blend of flavors, the smoke is also built extremely well, with a sharp burn and easy draw. It is medium to full in strength and full bodied. It is made for experienced smokers and is even better when aged. Given its incredible rarity and beauty, many smokers may just choose to store them away, ready to show them off to other aficionados when the chance presents itself.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017

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