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Where to Buy Fuente Fuente Opus X Cigars

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Few cigars inspire the kind of devotion that Fuente Fuente Opus X cigars do. Everybody wants them and there aren’t nearly enough to go around to satisfy demand. Certain sizes and unreleased editions of Opus X cigars enjoy mythical status – the stuff of unicorns – and they’re highly collectable. That’s why the few sources that list Opus X for sale online are perpetually sold out and/or the price is exorbitantly marked up – ten to twenty times over MSRP in some cases. Grown men go to insane lengths to get their hands on Opus X and will pay extravagant prices for the privilege of adding a few Opus X cigars to their humidors. Below is the backstory behind these groundbreaking cigars and where you can go to get them.

Fuente Fuente Opus X – The Pinnacle of Premium Cigar-Making

Beginning in the late 1980s, master cigar-maker Carlito Fuente spent over seven years cultivating the soil, planting tobaccos crops from different seed varietals, and harvesting, aging, and blending the tobacco that would become Opus X cigars. All in the Dominican Republic, where other cigar-makers, who had tried and failed to grow Dominican wrapper leaf, told Carlito he, too, would fail.

For Carlito, making Opus X cigars is a matter of immense pride. The journey began when a French retailer told Carlito he was more an “assembler of tobaccos” than an actual cigar-maker – one who grows their own crops and blends and produces the finished product. Although the retailer may not have intended to offend Carlito – whose family had been making premium cigars for three generations – the comment stuck in his head and spurred his ambition, along with the advice of his father, Carlos Fuente Sr., who told him that whatever you do in life, aspire to be the best at it.

It took years of trial and error to perfect the blend for Fuente Fuente Opus X cigars, and at the end, Carlito established his Chateau de la Fuente estates in the Dominican Republic, where all Opus X wrapper is grown, as one of the most prestigious tobacco farms in the world. Opus X is a Dominican Puro – a cigar made entirely of Dominican tobacco: binder, filler, and wrapper. Even today, there are very few other Dominican Puros on the market, and the other cigar of note, Ashton ESG, is also made by Fuente and finished in a wrapper grown on the Chateau de la Fuente estates.

Unparalleled Opus X Demand

When the first Opus X cigars went on sale in 1995, the buzz around them was huge. At first, Carlito only sold Opus X to select retailers east of the Mississippi River because there was so little to go around. Store owners limited the quantities customers could buy, often to just two cigars. Nearly thirty years later, Opus X cigars are still allocated to a small group of elite Fuente retailers who receive ultra-limited quantities two or three times throughout the year.

Many of the few retailers who carry Opus X cigars reserve them for their best customers, so you’re unlikely to find them sitting out on a shelf. It’s also common to see Opus X prices with significant aftermarket markups. Aficionados collect Opus X cigars and will hoard them if given the opportunity. Carlito has never been concerned with the quantity of Opus X he produces – only ensuring the cigars are the best in the world.

Luckily, there is one event you can attend every year where you’re guaranteed to get your hands on precious Opus X cigars, and that’s Fuente Mania at Holt’s.

Fuente Mania: The Super Bowl of Cigar Events

Fuente Mania takes place once a year, usually in the fall, at both of our Holt’s Cigar Company retail locations in Philadelphia. It’s considered the Super Bowl of cigar events. Check our Holt’s event calendar for upcoming dates. Fuente Mania is open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required. We’ve been hosting Fuente Mania for ten years now. Thousands of cigar lovers from across the country make the pilgrimage to Philly to meet Carlito Fuente in person and purchase coveted, rare, and unreleased cigars when he opens the floodgates on his Opus X supply for his ravenous fan base. Proceeds benefit the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation.

At Fuente Mania, you’ll encounter classic sizes of Fuente Fuente Opus X cigars, including Opus X Perfecxion X, Reserva D’Chateau, and No. 2. alongside ultra-limited cigars like Opus X BBMF and Opus X No. 77 Shark. While supplies last, you can score the rarest Fuente cigars available, including Opus X 20th Anniversary, Angel’s Share, Oro Oscuro, Arturo Fuente Añejo, Destino al Siglo, Rare Pink, and Casa Fuente. And you can shop all your favorite Fuente classics like Arturo Fuente Hemingway, Don Carlos, Chateau Fuente, Magnum R, Casa Cuba, and more. You’ll find the rarest Fuente cigars for sale in full boxes, collectable cigar samplers, and single cigars.

Giving Back: Cigar Family Charitable Foundation

Cigar lovers who’ve had the chance to meet Carlito Fuente know he’s as passionate about the people who make his cigars as the cigars themselves. That’s why proceeds from Fuente Mania benefit the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation (CFCF), an organization, founded by the Fuente family in 2001, that provides essential humanitarian support for the Bonao region of the Dominican Republic where Arturo Fuente cigars are made. Basic resources like running water, primary and secondary schools, a medical center, an organic farming operation, and a sports and recreational facility have become realities for the once impoverished Bonao region. CFCF is recognized by the United Nations as a global model for education and community service. Know that you’re supporting an amazing cause when you buy your favorite Arturo Fuente cigars during Fuente Mania.

Clear your calendar and tell your friends to head to Holt’s in Philly for the next Fuente Mania! We’ll see you there!

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