This cigar is just stunning to look at both in size and shape. The cigar is aptly named the “Big Bad Mother F#$ker” and properly lives up to that moniker. This massive cigar has an amazing maduro wrapped tip and tail. The wrapper feels like the finest silk with a rich red hue to the warm brown saddle leather. As far as the band, the Fuente family's standard is rivaled by none; ornate with a sharp print quality. This a cigar that instantly makes a statement (Note: This would make it a perfect gift.)
I'm almost sad to cut the cap on this cigar as it is such work of art, but of course this is a necessary evil. The pre light draw shows a strength; totally expected given the figurado shape. The draw shows notes of cinnamon, baking spices and red pepper. Upon lighting, the first couple of puffs had a moderate amount of spice one would expect from an OpusX, once the cigar opens up the spice declines sharply. Remember that a larger ring gauge produces less spice and at a 64 ring gauge, that's a whole lot of air you are drawing through. The notes are enjoyable, the draw a little loose, with flavors consistent with oak, toasted tobacco and a noticeable lack of pepper.
Getting into the middle third of this cigar, the flavor is very mellow, well rounded and easy to enjoy. The pre-light flavors of smooth leather and oak circle back with ample smoke filling the mouth. Smoke production is average, with the smoke itself feeling a bit thin. There is a distinct lack of spice, which has me checking the table again and again to make sure I am still smoking an Opus. As I finish off the middle third, I am starting to get a small up tick in smoke production and viscosity, the ring gauge begins to narrow. A welcome and enjoyable change.
Rounding third I'm encouraged as the spice begins to build, becoming chewy and moist; adding richness to the wood and leather notes. I'm encouraged as the decadence builds with every pull. The saddle leather and espresso beans combine with the spicey finish is excellent and a perfect pairing within the flavors. Smoke production continues to build until the very end, never becaming acrid or harsh.
In summary this cigar is a wild ride for sure, turning and changing with nearly every pull. The flavor changes radically from beginning to end, in addition to the draw and the smoke production! This cigar is not boring that's for darn sure. With opulent presentation, near perfect construction and a flavor roller coaster, this is a fun cigar! This vitola took nearly two hours to enjoy. The only criticism I would have of this cigar is that lacked dimension during the “fat” of the cigar. The enormous ring gauge looks pretty but messes with the cigars flavor and smoke production leading me to score it at 89 out of 100.
Cigar: Fuente Fuente OpusX ForbiddenX BBMF (Natural)
Box Date: Oct 2014
Date Reviewed: 12/30/2015
Origin: Dominican Republic
Size: 6 1/2 x 64n
Total Production Released: NA