THE FALL 2019 RELEASES OF THE OPUSX STORY
1,250 sets of the Fall 2019 Release of The OpusX Story will be shipped to the authorized Fuente Aged Selection dealers worldwide in November 2019. The Fall 2019 Release of The OpusX Story comes with a special publication and 4 rare vintage Fuente Fuente Forbidden X cigars made with the wrapper leaves grown at Chateau de la Fuente. Their blend is different from the core line of Fuente Fuente OpusX. Carlito Fuente selected very old tobaccos from the Fuente family's storied tobacco inventory and aged them in the Calvados barrels to make the Forbidden X cigars. Calvados is an apple brandy from the Normandy region in France.
The OpusX Story comes with:
20 Years of Fuente Fuente OpusX: An Interview with Carlos "Carlito" Fuente Jr. (interview book commemorating 20th anniversary of FFOX)
4 Fuente Fuente Forbidden X cigars: 1 Robusto, 1 Double Robusto and 2 Toro
The cigars are presented in the limited edition OpusX Story travel humidors produced by Prometheus. The OpusX Story travel humidors do not include humidifier.
Total Release Quantity for November 2019: 1,250 sets (Black 250, Blue 250, Macassar Ebony 250, Red 250, Yellow 250)
Each box is serial-numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
For consumers residing in the U.S., the state tobacco and sales taxes will be added to the MSRP, and for consumers residing outside the U.S., the import and local tobacco taxes will be added.
Red OpusX Story Travel Humidor, Release Quantity: 250, Item Code: H-TRAVEL/7R, MSRP $175.00
Black OpusX Story Travel Humidor, Release Quantity: 250, Item Code: H-TRAVEL/7B, MSRP $175.00
Yellow OpusX Story Travel Humidor, Release Quantity: 250, Item Code: H-TRAVEL/7Y, MSRP $175.00
Blue OpusX Story Travel Humidor, Release Quantity: 250, Item Code: H-TRAVEL/7L, MSRP $175.00
Macassar Ebony OpusX Story Travel Humidor, Release Quantity: 250, Item Code: H-TRAVEL/7M, MSRP $175.00
It would be no exaggeration to say that Fuente Fuente OpusX changed the cigar industry as much as the iPhone changed the mobile phone industry. It might even be an understatement.
When it came out in 1995, Fuente Fuente OpusX was an immediate sensation: a cigar so different in its taste, look and origin that cigar enthusiasts literally lined up to buy it. Retail shops sold out so quickly that some imposed a “one per customer per day” rule. It remains one of the world’s most coveted cigars, with each new release eagerly awaited by cigar enthusiasts, reviewers and retailers.
The entire premium cigar industry felt the impact of OpusX. Competing manufacturers introduced heavier-bodied cigars to try to compete with OpusX’s rich, robust flavor. Even the image of the industry changed. Suddenly, it seemed every cigar company, even huge multinational corporations, attempted to claim for themselves the Fuentes’ focus on tradition and family. They even copied the Fuente look, which has become as much an iconic image for cigars as Juan Valdez is for coffee. “Fuente Fuente OpusX has changed not only the taste of cigars, it’s changed the vision, the appearance and the way we think about cigars,” says Carlos “Carlito” Fuente Jr., the man who conceived OpusX cigar and who today runs the company with his father, Carlos Sr.
It wasn’t always this way. Because OpusX uses wrapper leaf grown in the Dominican Republic - a region other tobacco growers felt couldn’t produce good wrapper leaves - many industry observers initially doubted its quality, and even doubted the Fuentes could deliver a finished product. Shortly after Fuente Fuente OpusX finally hit the market, a major wine producer filed a trademark lawsuit that might have killed the entire project.
In this interview, conducted in New Orleans the night before the 2015 International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers (IPCPR) trade show opened, Carlito Fuente considers the impact Fuente Fuente OpusX has had on the cigar industry, and recalls some of the struggles that nearly destroyed his family’s company as they worked to bring OpusX to market. (Excerpt from Page 2, 3, and 4)