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Posted 18 July 2012 - 01:06 PM

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Cigar name: Fuente Fuente Opus X cigars
Wrapper: Opus X rosado
Binder: Opus X rosado
Filler: Opus X blend
Released: late 1995

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Notes: From left to right:

(Effective January 1st, 2007 there was a minor price increase of 50¢ per cigar for all Opus X vitolas (except the "A"), the first increase from Fuente since 2003)

(Effective June 1st, 2009 there was a price increase of $1.00 per cigar for all Opus X vitolas, in response to the SCHIP tax on cigars).


1. "A" (9 ¼" x 47) ...................................... MSRP = $26.00 x 20 per box = $520.00 (released 1998)
2. Double Corona (7 5/8" x 49) ................... MSRP = $16.00 x 32 per box = $512.00 (released 1995)
3. Reserva D'Chateau (7" x 48) ................... MSRP = $14.00 x 32 per box = $448.00 (released 1995)
4. Perfecxion No.2 (6 3/8" x 52) .................. MSRP = $15.00 x 29 per box = $435.00 (released 1995)
5. Perfecxion X (6 ¼" x 48) ......................... MSRP = $13.00 x 32 per box = $416.00 (released 1998)
6. Petit Lancero (6 ¼" x 39) ........................ MSRP = $11.00 x 32 per box = $352.00 (released 1995, changed to tapered head in late 1997)
7. Super Belicoso (5 5/8" x 52) .................... MSRP = $13.00 x 29 per box = $377.00 (released 1999)
8. Fuente Fuente (5 5/8" x 46) ................... MSRP = $10.50 x 32 per box = $336.00 (released 1995)
9. Robusto (5 ¼" x 50) ............................... MSRP = $12.00 x 29 per box = $348.00 (released 1995)
10. Perfecxion No.4 (5 3/16" x 43) ................ MSRP = $9.75 x 42 per box = $409.50 (released 1998)
11. Perfecxion No.5 (4 7/8" x 40) .................. MSRP = $9.00 x 42 per box = $378.00 (released 1995)
12. xXx aka "Power Ranger" (4 5/8" x 49) ..... MSRP = $10.25 x 42 per box = $430.50 (released 1998)


(Newer Opus X vitolas):

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1. Double Robusto (5 ½" x 52) ...................... MSRP = $13.75 x 42 per box = $577.50 (released late 2007)
2. Opus X Shark (5 ½" x 52) ...................... MSRP = $14.59 x 36 per box = $522 (released late 2010)
3. Opus X Magnum O (4 ¾" x 54) .............. MSRP = $12.75 x 36 per box = $459 (released late 2010)
4. Opus X Love Affair (4 5/8" x 52) ............ MSRP = $16.00 x 18 per box = $288 (released late 2010)
5. Opus X Pussycat (4 ¼" x 42) ................. MSRP = $8.75 x 39 per box = $341.25 (released late 2010)

MSRP does not include state sales tax, nor state tobacco tax, the latter of which can be quite significant.

Cuban hybrid seed planted in 1992 ("seeds of hope") yielded the first Dominican puro when the Fuente Fuente Opus X cigars debuted for sale in late 1995, and more widely in 1996. The original name for these cigars was "Project X from Planet 9" which is what they were known as inside of Fuente before the name "Opus X" had been decided upon. They were not sold west of the Mississippi river until the late 1990's.

Although "1992" appears on each box of Opus X cigars that are sold, it does not refer to when the cigars were rolled. Rather, it refers to when the first "seeds of hope" were planted. The first Opus X cigars released to the public became available in last 1995 in very small quantities.

All Opus X cigars use 100% Dominican tobacco that is cured in rum barrels for a few months before being rolled into cigars. The cigars are then aged for a year or so before they are color sorted, boxed, and shipped to customers. Even prior to rolling, the tobacco is aged: current 2006 production Opus (which will be on sale in 2007) are made up of tobacco predominantly from the 1999 crop.

The "Opus X blend" of tobacco which, in addition to the trademark Opus X Rosado wrapper, constitutes an Opus X cigar is a blend of 5 distinct types of tobacco rolled together. Opus X tobacco is fermented, then aged, then fermented a second time, in addition to a number of other techniques, in order to bring out its trademark flavor.

Humidipaks were included in boxes of Opus X cigars beginning in 2002; there should also be a blue waterdrop sticker on post-2002 boxes to indicate the inclusion of a Humidipak.

Approximately 750,000 Opus X cigars are released on an annual basis.

Other Opus X cigars

Fuente has created a number of other non-regular production Opus X-banded cigars. Please browse the Rare Arturo Fuente Cigars gallery to view these cigars.

Fuente also introduced Opus X "gift tins" in late 2006, with 3 cigars per tin.

Original Release Opus X's

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From left to right:

1. Double Corona (7 5/8" x 49) ...... MSRP = $13.50 x 25 per box = $337.50 (released 1995)
2. Reserva d'Chateau (7" x 48) ...... MSRP = $11.50 x 25 per box = $287.50 (released 1995)
3. Perfecxion No.2 (6 3/8" x 52) ..... MSRP = $12.50 x 25 per box = $312.50 (released 1995)
4. Petit Lancero (6 ¼" x 39) ........... MSRP = $8.50 x 25 per box = $212.50 (released 1995)
5. Fuente Fuente (5 5/8" x 46) ...... MSRP = $8.00 x 25 per box = $200.00 (released 1995)
6. Robusto (5 ¼" x 50) ................... MSRP = $9.50 x 25 per box = $237.50 (released 1995)
7. Perfecxion No.5 (4 7/8" x 40) ..... MSRP = $6.50 x 42 per box = $273.00 (released 1995)

Given their age and relative rarity, OR Opus X cigars go for significantly more than their original MSRP today.

The original cigars had no gold lettering on the cellophane, and came in slide-lid boxes that were eventually discontinued due to warping issues with the box top. The last Slide Lid Box (SLB) Opus were sold in 1997. Opus X's of this age typically have a rather yellowed cello, and only 7 sizes were sold in the original slide lid boxes.

Note that the OR Petit Lancero vitola is different from the current release. The OR Petit Lancero vitola had a rounded head with a pig tail; the current release Petit Lancero, introducted in late 1997, has a tapered head and no pig tail.

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