The lost cities of myth -- Cibola, Atlantis, Aztlan -- beckoned to explorers bold enough to find them, luring the bold and courageous to part the leaves that lay before the ancient walls. The Arturo Fuente Fuente Opus X Lost City brings back that thrill of discovery, the golden prize of a long-concealed treasure worth waiting for.
Let’s start with the rare tobacco. Wrapped in a slightly veiny, dark Dominican wrapper, the tobaccos of the Opus X Lost City are grown on the Chateau de la Fuente and aged gracefully over five years in ultra-small batches of only 500 boxes a year. If you find a box of these sticks, you’ll feel like Indiana Jones holding the golden idol -- and you’d be right. With tight-packed, invisible seams and incredibly well-done construction, these are sticks you’ll treasure.
Heavy in the hand, the Opus X Lost City Double Robusto initially presents dominant hints of cedar, a light and gentle woodiness, and a rich cloud of full-bodied smoke and firm, white ash. The subtle sweetness continues throughout the first third of the smoke with flavors like summer sun tea laced with honey.
The woody notes intensify through the middle and gradually deepen from cedar into oak with darker notes of coffee and the delicate zing of white pepper. Through the end, the burn slows down and the floral notes promised by the cedar and wood dominate here, fragrant and full and mellow as molasses, with a long, sweet finish.
The burn throughout the Opus X Lost City is scalpel-even, a solid sheath of ash with weighty, rich smoke. At nearly thirty dollars per stick, this is no casual experience, but like Mark Twain argued, it is wise to smoke in moderation: only one cigar at a time.
The Fuente Fuente Opus X Lost City would make a truly unforgettable acquisition for the discerning aficionados who know true gold when they see it. Each box comes with its own individual serial number and certificate of authenticity.
- Flawless construction
- Complex woody and floral palette
- Tight ash
- Fast burn