The Opus X Forbidden X TAA Keeper of the Flame was released this year in the 2018 Tobacconist’s Association of America (TAA) cigar releases for the TAA retailers. The Opus X Forbidden X TAA was, by far, the most anticipated release of the year and probably one of the most anticipated release since the Tatuaje 2014/2017. The Opus X Forbidden X TAA was made to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the TAA. They just start arriving at TAA retailers and I was lucky enough to purchase some at The Cigar Shop in Biloxi, MS. The Opus X Forbidden X TAA was released in 6 sizes for 2018:
Opus X Forbidden X TAA Keeper of the Flame – 6 1/4 x 49
Opus X Forbidden X TAA 2018 Gods Whisper 1924 – 7 x 48
Opus X Forbidden X TAA 2018 Heart of the Bull 1957 – 5 1/4 x 50
Opus X Forbidden X TAA 2018 Nacimiento 1912 – 5 1/8 x 43
Opus X Forbidden X TAA 2018 Torch Bearer 2012 – 7 5/8 x 49
- Wrapper: Dominican Maduro
- Binder: Dominican
- Filler: Dominican
- MSRP: $22.00
The Opus X Forbidden X TAA Keeper of the Flame has a dark brown wrapper that is quite rustic looking. The wrapper almost has a matte like appearance with very minimal veining. The draw is perfect with that milkshake resistance with notes of rich earth and leather.
The Opus X Forbidden X TAA Keeper of the Flame starts off with a great flavor profile and tons of smoke. It has notes of leather, oak, caramel and cinnamon with a hint of salt. I get more of the caramel and some white pepper on the retrohale. The cigar is smoking quite well and has a medium body.
The last half of the Opus X Forbidden X TAA Keeper of the Flame is more savory than sweet. I get more of the oak and leather and now I get a little bit of espresso. The body of the cigar is still medium bodied and smoking great. The cinnamon has died down quite a bit and the caramel note remains steady.
I’ve been a big fan of the Opus X line since I first started smoking cigars in the late 90s. They never disappoint and they are worth the price to me. The Opus X Forbidden X TAA Keeper of the Flame is quite different from your standard Opus X cigar as it is more robust with a maduro wrapper. The Opus X Forbidden X TAA Keeper of the Flame had an amazing flavor profile that was rich and well balanced. I just never wanted to put the cigar down and was sad to see it go when I was finished. The TAA releases have alway been very good cigars, but this could be the best ever released. The Opus X Forbidden X TAA Keeper of the Flame is one of the best cigars I’ve ever had. It’s a stellar release.
Final Score: 95