Cigar Aficionado

Fuente Fuente OpusX PerfecXion No. 5
PerfecXion No. 5
Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
40 40
Tasting Note
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.
Body Medium-Full
Size Petit Corona
Ring Gauge 40
Length 4 7/8"
Filler Dom. Rep.
Binder Dom. Rep.
Wrapper Dom. Rep.
Issue Cigar Aficionado – N/A
Price $7.50
Designation Top 25 of 2004 | Rank: 13
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2013 | Score: 92

This peppery petit corona is fortified with toasted oak flavors and an underlying full-bodied earthiness. The wrapper is dark and streaky.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2011 | Score: 93

Deliciously balanced with coffee bean flavors, dried orange peel notes and a spicy backbone. Lots of flavor and complexity for such a little cigar.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2009 | Score: 88

Tightly rolled with an oily wrapper, this attractive little cigar has a bit of a firm draw, offering primarily leather flavors that are very pronounced and very strong.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2009 | Score: 87

A well-made cigar wrapped in a dark, oily wrapper. It is tangy, peppery and strong, but there is a bite on the finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2006 | Score: 87

A lovely dark corona with sharp cedar notes, leather and lots of wood on the palate. It’s strong, with a medium to full body. Some inconsistency was noted.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Sep 20, 2005 | Score: 89

A lush brown wrapper covers this little cigar, which takes some time to light. It’s very strong, with spicy, hot pepper notes and a long finish.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Apr 01, 2003 | Score: 89

This petit cigar packs a full-bodied wallop. Its spicy flavors have depth, along with notes of vanilla. It has a long finish with spice and leather. A delicious smoke.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Sep 01, 2001 | Score: 88

A dark and very oily wrapper. The cigar draws and burns well, showing rich notes of espresso, leather and cedar. An earthy cigar.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Feb 01, 1998 | Score: 88

This small cigar is well made, with a dark oily wrapper. It packs a little kick of flavor, with some sweet, rich qualities.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Nov 01, 1997 | Score: 92

An excellent full-bodied smoke, with flavors of nutmet, sweet cocoa and a some sweet cedar wood notes on the finish.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jan 01, 1996 | Score: 88

A small cigar that's solid as a rock. It has a silky, oily wrapper. The smoke is spicy, with a hint of nutmeg and a cedary taste. A nice finish.

Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
  • Classic: 95-100
  • Outstanding: 90-94
  • Very good to excellent: 80-89
  • Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
  • Don't waste your money: 0-69
100-Point Scale