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Fuente Fuente Opus X A and Johnnie Walker Blue Label

Arturo Fuente Fuente Opus X A
Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Dominican Republic
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Size: 9.25 x 47
Strength: Full
Price: $80 (see review)

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Whisky
Synonymous with the premium whisky blend. Blue Label is the rarest whisky in the Johnnie Walker stable.
Size: 750ml
Type: Scotch
Varietal: Blended
Country: Scotland
Proof: 80
Nose: Very fragrant with great body. Notes of oak, berries, spice, cedar and a hint of citrus.
Palate: Very smooth and balanced. Toffee and hints of smoke, chocoloate and a nice malt flavoring.
Finish: Oaks, floral, and hints of spice, honey and dried fruit.
Overall: One of the ultimate premium blends, Blue Label, in my opinion, is an a class almost all to itself.
Price: $220 - 750ml

The Cigar:

First I will address the price. I purchased my single Opux X A for around $30 locally but I see them all the time online for close to $80 so I highly recommend checking around with your local supplier and see if they have them in stock.

First the Opux X A. In my opinion this is an excellent stick and I highly recommend it. Opux X is one of the world's best rated cigars because of its complex blend, rich bold flavor, and smooth smoking experience. This is a premium Dominican cigar and they are made in very limited quantities which lends to its rarity. In my opinion the Opus X A is definitely worth the search and smoke process.

It is listed as a full body stick but to me it was more medium-full but very bold flavored cigar but it is not overwhelming. At 9.25" x 47 guage this is definitey the longest cigar in the Opux X line and is the longest I've ever smoked. Each cigar is packaged in it's individual coffin to maintain freshness. The cigar light easy and had a great draw and a nice amount of smoke. With the size of this cigar what impressed me was there were no burn or relight issues and construction was perfect.

The first third was full of spicy pepper and expresso. As I continued to smoke more earth and leather was instroduced and the pepper subsided somewhat but was still noticible. The reason I listed it is medium-full is because it starts off much milder that anticipated but it definitely picks up intensity as the smoke continues. About midway and the flavors start to blend together and you have a consistent mix of pepper, expresso, leather and a hint of nut. The fullness slightly diminishes a little past half way but as you enter the final third of the cigar both the flavors and intensity are enhanced. I am well past the two hour mark and the flavors are still very strong. The smoke is not hot or bitter but a very smoooth even smoke. As I get to the end the strength seems to be a full gear and this is where full bodied smokers will find their pleasure zone. This is definitely a nub worthy smoke but getting past the two hours to the nub point is a pleasure trip in itself.

The Scotch:

Johnnie Walker Blue Label is one of those spirits that people either love or hate and I am definitely in the love group. It is definitely on the higher end of the spectrum price wise but here's my secret - for fans of the Johnnie Walker Black, Red and Platinum spirits there is a gift set that contains 200 ml bottles of each and also a 200ml bottle of Blue Label for $99 - get the gift set. Ok now that my secret's out back to the Blue.

I could go on and on about the history behind the Blue Label, the rare casks used in brewing, the craftmanship behind the whisky, the character in the Johnnie Walker tradition but instead I will point you to this link - www.johnniewalker.com/global/bluelabel - and simply say that it's good. The fragrant body, the wonderfully blended mixture of oak, beries, cedar, citrus, malt, hints of chocolate and smoke, everything working together - yes it's smooth and it's good and if you are a Scotch drinker then you know just how smooth it is.

The first sip was full of richness. As you sip you inhale a very fragrant body which is just as smooth as the drink itself, no overwhelming or overpowering fumes. I've talked to some Scotch drinkers and they skip the Blue Label because of the price but again I say - get the gift set.

The Pairing:

Simply put - excellent. The boldness of the Opus X A blended perfectly with the rich smoothness of the Blue Label. It was over two hours of a smooth R&B and jazz blend of flavors - cocoa, expresso, dried fruit, spices, peppers, and more - all working together for an absolute tranquil smoke and drink experience. This pairing is definitely on the higher end of the spectrum when it comes to cigars and scoth but if you're in the mood to really relax, in need of a celebratory pairing, or just want to treat yourself to something you won't soon forget then yes - this is the pairing for you.

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