Arturo Fuente Opus X Forbidden X TAA Keeper of the Flame 2018

Drew Estate

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

Pre-Light

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.

First Half

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.

Second Half

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.

Overall

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