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Old 07-09-2010, 12:13 PM   #1
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Default Acid Opulence 3

Okay, before you boo me off the stage, hear me out!

Earlier this year, I asked for one of these in a MAW, and I offered to review it here. Kelmac07/Mac granted that wish (and beat me with some other questionable sticks ) so Iím staying true to my end of the bargain. You may be surprised by the results of this little experiment...

The Acid Opulence 3 is one of the more recent blends from Drew Estates. Hereís how itís being marketed:
Opulence 3 sports a jet-black, oily maduro wrapper from San Andres, Mexico that provides a rich and creamy character with a pronounced sweet nuance noticeable in the finish. This wrapper is perfectly balanced with a hearty blend of Nicaraguan tobaccos grown in Esteli, where some of the strongest Nicaraguan tobacco is grown. These tobaccos were harvested in three separate crop years including 2005, 2006, and 2007, making Opulence a rare, incredibly limited treat. Not only is the cigar infused with oils and botanicals chosen by Jonathan Drew himself, but also each individual leaf is infused to provide a full-flavored, uniquely enjoyable experience each time this cigar is lit.


For starters, this was as well constructed a cigar as Iíve smoked in a long time. Great roll, quality wrapper and cap, no hard or soft spots. The burn was sharp, never needed a touch-up or relight, put out a copious amount of smoke, and the draw was absolutely perfect. I typically donít smoke straight from my 70/70% cooler, but this cigar didnít have any of the problems I usually get when I donít dry-box.

Like other Acids, the cigar has a sweetened tip. But it wasnít overbearing like the Blue line, instead it was more like a Flor de Oliva. Itís hard to describe the individual flavors of the infused DE lines. But what was remarkable about the Opulence 3 is that the primary flavors seemed to come from the tobacco instead of the ďalternative substancesĒ--this is reverse of most DE blends Iíve tried. For example, I find the San Andres wrapper to be pretty distinctive, I like it very much and can usually pick it out pretty readily in most cigars using it. That was the case with this cigar, too--the infusion didn't overpower the wrapper's flavor.



Hereís how I would describe the first half of the cigar: chocolatey & fruity, no discernable spice, very easy to nose exhale, leaving a creamy, floral finish. It was definitely an infused stick but it was subdued and pleasant, not the kind that makes you feel like you swallowed your grandmotherís perfume bottle. In fact, the second half of the cigar seemed to lose its infused quality altogether, turning into a very good Nicaraguan similar to the Liga Privada: full-bodied & strong, earthy, with a peppery spice that suddenly appeared in the last couple inches.



Yes, I nubbed it! Surprising, I know, but this was a very good Drew Estates blend, probably my favorite so far. The sweetness of the first half was still a little strong to make this an everyday smoke, but I can definitely see keeping some on hand. Especially if I want my wifeís company when I hit my smoking loungeóthe aroma was very pleasant and wouldnít run her off, like many of my other usual cigars.

Mac, thanks for sending one of these my way!
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Old 07-09-2010, 06:05 PM   #2
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Great review. Thanks for sharing. I have not tried a DE cigar in quite a while. Last one was an Acid One which was pleasantly different from their other offerings in that line. Your review has sparked some interest in trying these out.
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Old 07-09-2010, 06:23 PM   #3
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When you say this is your favorite DE blend, does that include the Liga line?
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Old 07-09-2010, 07:41 PM   #4
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You are right Gerard...very surprised at your findings. Might have to grab another and sample it myself.
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Old 07-12-2010, 10:56 AM   #5
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When you say this is your favorite DE blend, does that include the Liga line?
Tom, I'd have to give the edge to the Opulence on this one. The Liga Privada is a good smoke, but to me it was similar to a number of other maduros. I think what makes it special is that it showcases Drew's ability to blend something other than an infused cigar. I smoke the Liga's, but they're pretty interchangeable with other cigars.

The Opulence is a unique smoke, so I'd favor it over the LP.
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Old 07-12-2010, 04:25 PM   #6
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I don't know why people get so uptight when talking about flavor infused cigars. Just because the taste and smells are not traditional does not mean the cigar is not worthy of a good smoke. I personally like Acid's, I do not smoke them regularly but they are good for something new from time to time.
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Old 07-17-2010, 08:29 PM   #7
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Thanks for the great review and photo's Gerard. Now I need to go out and purchase one. Nice looking cigar holder. Is the material brass or copper?
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Mark, it's actually tin with a copper powder coating. I redid our backsplash a couple years ago with sheets of the stuff, and had a few left over pieces that I used to make the holder. I don't have a cigar ashtray so this does the job holding those larger RG sticks
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Mark, it's actually tin with a copper powder coating. I redid our backsplash a couple years ago with sheets of the stuff, and had a few left over pieces that I used to make the holder. I don't have a cigar ashtray so this does the job holding those larger RG sticks

Hmm, sounds like to me you just said you need an ashtray....
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Hmm, sounds like to me you just said you need an ashtray....
Michael, I don't think I have an addy for Gerard yet...
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Mark, it's actually tin with a copper powder coating. I redid our backsplash a couple years ago with sheets of the stuff, and had a few left over pieces that I used to make the holder. I don't have a cigar ashtray so this does the job holding those larger RG sticks
Interesting. May have to try one of these. Thanks for the review.

Note to self- Gerard doesn't have a cigar ashtray.
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Michael, I don't think I have an addy for Gerard yet...
Let me know if you need some help Mark!!
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Hmm, sounds like to me you just said you need an ashtray....
Who's taking care of this problem?
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Interesting. May have to try one of these. Thanks for the review.

Note to self- Gerard doesn't have a cigar ashtray.
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I should know better. I step away from the thread for less than an hour and all hell breaks loose.
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I generally like a cigar flavored cigar and regard all else as abomination unto the Great God Nick O'Teen, but this is actually an intriguing review. Still not sure I could get past the gaggingly awful Acid perfumey scent and the sweetened tip, but it sounds like they at least started with good tobacco.
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As you rnot a Noob, don't you know any better than making a comment like that?

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I can picture you poking him with a stick..
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