A night or two ago I was smoking a well-aged Opus X Perfecxion No. 5. As is my custom, I spent a few minutes thinking about what I was tasting- grass, caramel, cedar, maybe a little white pepper. I also noticed it didn’t seem as robust a cigar as the last few Opus X’s I’ve had. That stands to reason, this little petite corona has been sitting undisturbed in a humidor for years.
As with many of my cigars, extended aging is a cocktail of rampant impulse buys, accident, intent and disorganization. When it comes to the Opus, the cocktail is heavy on the intent. In the past, I’ve found that they taste an order of magnitude better after at least a year of age, and sometimes two. But as the Perfecxion No. 5 in my hands formed perfect ashes, I realized my Opus rule of thumb doesn’t seem true any more. In fact, it probably hasn’t been true for the last three years.
The cigar I was smoking was a fine cigar, but it just wasn’t as good as any of the ones I’ve had fresh off the shelf since 2013. Maybe even earlier than that. Of course, tastes change with time and flavor and potency can fade with age, but I don’t think it’s either of those things. I think that Fuente has upped their Opus X game, and I’m not the first person to say that.