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Old 12-10-2009, 06:22 AM   #1
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Default Similar to Opus X?

A few months ago I was in Vegas and visited the Fuente store in the Caesar's Palace shops where I paid way too much money for an Opus X. But it was a wonderful smoke! Rich, spicy, lots of wonderful, thick smoke.

Does anyone have some recommendations for a less pricey smoke that might have some of the same flavor and richness? I realize that you won't get the same taste/feel/richness for $10 or less, but it would be great to have a smoke that is somewhat reminiscent of that wonderful Opus.
Ideally I'm looking for sticks that might be available at a well-stocked B&M.
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Old 12-10-2009, 06:30 AM   #2
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Default Re: Similar to Opus X?

my opinion is that the specific wood flavor that is present in Opus X is also present in Liga Privada #9, although the LP is less complex.
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Old 12-10-2009, 05:00 PM   #3
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Default Re: Similar to Opus X?

And around me the liga's are almost the same price as the opus
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Old 12-10-2009, 05:01 PM   #4
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Old 12-10-2009, 05:23 PM   #5
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Default Re: Similar to Opus X?

You might try the Ashton VSGs - not exactly the same, but if you like Dominican Republic tobacco. I would try something from La Flor Dominicana as well.
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Old 12-10-2009, 05:28 PM   #6
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Default Re: Similar to Opus X?

Honestly there is nothing like an Opus...nothing like an Ashton VSG either...and personally I didn't care for the Liga's at all.
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Old 12-10-2009, 05:34 PM   #7
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Default Re: Similar to Opus X?

If you consider a CZ a good substitute for a diamond or a supermarket steak just as good as Kobe beef, then you may want to try any of the aforementioned "taste-like" OpusX. But in truth that is why a premium cigar costs premium dollars. You will find Nicaraguan or Honduran cigars as strong as an Opus. A few Dominican's might have some of the flavors(not all) of an Opus.
But an Opus is an Opus, that is why they command and get the prices they ask.
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Old 12-10-2009, 06:21 PM   #8
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Default Re: Similar to Opus X?

I would suggest a LFD LG it's a solid line and they have a good amount of strength and more flavor than Opus.
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Old 12-10-2009, 06:46 PM   #9
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Default Re: Similar to Opus X?

First off, hello to a fellow Mustang enthusiast!

Secondly, I haven't smoked anything that compares to the FFOX in flavor profile. the LG's are good, but not gonna give you the same satisfaction, unles you wanna go with an Anejo... but then you are still in the same price range.

Watch the For Sale section on here, you can sometimes find them cheaper than your local retail price.
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Old 12-10-2009, 06:53 PM   #10
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And around me the liga's are almost the same price as the opus

QFT, they arent cheap either!!
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Old 12-10-2009, 07:14 PM   #11
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Default Re: Similar to Opus X?

Thanks for all the input!

The reason I asked is beacuse I was heading out to my local B&M's lounge today, I wanted to try something "similar" to the Opus. When I checked back, the only reply was the original one from Don Fernando. SInce my B&M had the Liga Privada #9, I tried that. It was $10. Which is considerably cheaper than the $20-30 I normally see for the Opus.

It was pretty good. Strong and spicy like the Opus, but it definetly wasn't anywhere close to as smooth or as rich and creamy. But it was a darn good cigar.

Thanks for the other recommendations too -- I'll try them out!

Bobarian: of course I know there's nothing like an Opus other than an Opus. Which is why I was looking for a cigar"somewhat reminiscent".
To use your analogy -- a $5 supermarket steak isn't going to compare to a Kobe, but maybe going to your local butcher and spending $25 on a nice quality ribeye, will satisfy you and get you as close as you need to be, without dropping $75 on a Kobe.
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Old 12-10-2009, 07:19 PM   #12
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Default Re: Similar to Opus X?

i got a lot of cedar from the few that i have smoked, another cigar I know that has a good cedary taste is the NC El Rey De Mundo in the tissue paper.

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Old 12-10-2009, 07:29 PM   #13
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i got a lot of cedar from the few that i have smoked, another cigar I know that has a good cedary taste is the NC El Rey De Mundo in the tissue paper.

Oh man, I smoked a ERdM flor de llaneza this weekend that was fantastic. The tissue wrappred robusto largas were my first box purchase.
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Old 12-10-2009, 10:17 PM   #14
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Default Re: Similar to Opus X?

Opus MSRP runs from about $9.50-16.00 or so. You should be able to find them for pretty close to MSRP if you keep your eyes peeled. Some B&Ms jack the price up, but honestly, they are good smokes, but not worth much more than MSRP.
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Old 12-10-2009, 10:26 PM   #15
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Default Re: Similar to Opus X?

if I wanted to duplicate the flavor from the last opus I smoked (a #4 from last year) I would dump a bottle of peppercorns in my mouth and chew them

however I have a XXX a while back and enjoyed it

a similar but different cigar is the Ashton ESG, which I love to death
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Old 12-10-2009, 10:39 PM   #16
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Default Re: Similar to Opus X?

I used to think the Opus were overhyped and overpriced but they have really grown on me. I agree that they are worth the msrp, but unfortunately I never see them priced near msrp.
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Old 12-10-2009, 10:40 PM   #17
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Default Re: Similar to Opus X?

Ashton VSG is similar imo, as well as the Diamond Crown Maximus
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