The 25 Best Cigars of the Year 2004
Fuente Fuente OpusX PerfecXion No. 5
The world said fine wrapper leaf couldn't be grown in the Dominican Republic, but Carlos Fuente Jr. proved them wrong in late 1995 with the release of the cigar he dubbed his baby, the Fuente Fuente OpusX. The cigars are a classic combination of strength and beauty, with reddish-brown Cuban-seed wrappers grown under shade. The PerfecXion No. 5 is the smallest of the line, a 4 7/8 by 40 petit corona that's one of the premier small cigars in the world. The slight ring gauge allows the wrapper taste to dominate the cigar, giving it a delicious combination of sweetness and power. The cigars are not for beginners, simply too strong for some palates. This is the 10th year the Fuente Fuente OpusX brand has been on the market, and it remains one of the hardest cigars to find.