Episode 219

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Episode 219 - January 30, 2017

6:30pm - SHOW START

This week on the Stogie Geeks show,

6:30-7:30pm - Opus X Cigars

Some interesting facts:

  • The Oliva family owned the land that would eventually become Chataue Fuente, where all Opus X wrapper is grown. Eventually Oliva would sell the land to Fuente
  • Due to climate and the conditions in the Domincan at the time (Weather and farming methods) wrapper leaf from Dominican was rare
  • Opus X wrapper is Dominican Corojo, really interesting!
  • A source close to the Fuente history once told me that Opus X doesn't always burn well, and that's because the Fuente's only stick to the specific leafs used for the blend, and do not add any to enhance the burn
  • The wrapper is often deemed Rosado, which is just a way to classify the tobacco by colore, meaning it has a red hue
  • There was a very high demand for Opus X when it was released in 1995
  • There was a lengthy trademark case, from Opus One wine, who had a trademark once used for pipe tobacco. After a lengthy battle, the two marks were deemed different enough to co-exist in different markets
  • Select rollers, who start from day 1 at Fuente, rolled a size (one size per roller)
  • Any tobacco not used in the Opus X making process is destroyed so no other cigar maker can claim their cigars have Opus X tobacco in them


  1. http://halfwheel.com/arturo-fuente-fuente-opus-x-reserva-d-chateau-2007/9799

Arturo Fuente Opus Cigar Legendary Smoke

The Fuente Fuente Opus-X

The History of the Arturo Fuente

Fuente Opus-X Roller Franklin Pichardo

Stogies Arturo Fuente

Years of Opus-X - Best quote from this article: "I first called it ProjectX From Planet 9. It was a working title until I could think of a real name," explains Fuente. "I was looking through the thesaurus and was thinking of using the word "opulent." Next to it in the dictionary I came across the word "opus." The definition was perfect. I combined that with the letter X and thought ‘OpusX. It sounds like sex!' "

7:30-8:00pm - Debonaire Ideal: Non-Connecticut Shade Cigars to Smoke in the Morning

Paul's List:

  1. http://stogiegeeks.com/2014/09/11/elogio-habano-lancero.html (Nicaraguan Habano)
  2. http://stogiegeeks.com/2015/05/14/la-aurora-cameroon-preferido-vintage.html (Cameroon)
  3. http://stogiegeeks.com/2014/07/03/davidoff-colorado-claro-special-t-redux.html (or this size: http://stogiegeeks.com/2013/01/03/davidoff-colorado-claro-short-perfecto-2.html) (Ecuadorian Colorado Claro (Sun Grown Ecuadorian Connecticut Seed)
  4. http://stogiegeeks.com/2014/05/15/debonaire-first-degree-2.html (Nicaraguan Habano)
  5. http://stogiegeeks.com/2013/11/21/quesada-selecion-espana-corona-redux.html (Ecuadorian Arapiraca)


  1. http://stogiegeeks.com/2012/11/20/epc-innagural-edition.html

Lots to choose:

  1. Padron 1964
  2. Arturo Fuente - Most offerings, non Opus X, can be smoked in the morning.

Joe's List: Non-Connecticut Shade Cigars to Smoke in the Morning

  1. http://halfwheel.com/esteban-carreras-chupacabra-hellcat-toro-grande/130336
  2. http://cigar-coop.com/2010/10/cigar-pre-review-elogio-lsv-robusto.html
  3. http://halfwheel.com/sobremesa-cervantes-fino
  4. http://stogiepress.com/blog/david-p-ehrlich-tremont-cigar-review/
  5. http://stogiegeeks.com/2015/09/08/kristoff-cameroon.html
  6. http://cigardojo.com/2015/06/tatuaje-black-label-corona-gorda-cigar-review/

Notes:-Deconstructing The OpusX Band

  1. http://www.cigaraficionado.com/webfeatures/show/id/deconstructing-the-opusx-band-18732

8:00-9:00pm - Stogies of the Week

Paul's Cigars:

Reviewing some already posted:





Joe's Cigars:

  1. http://stogiegeeks.com/2017/01/30/hoyo-la-amistad.html
  2. http://stogiegeeks.com/2017/01/27/davidoff-signature-2000-702-series-prerelease-cigar.html

Not posted yet to Stogie Geeks Site:

  1. http://halfwheel.com/esteban-carreras-chupacabra-hellcat-toro-grande/130336
  2. http://cigar-coop.com/2014/10/cigar-review-long-live-king-petit.html