Originally Posted by Stu
Isn't the Opus like a $30 cigar?
Depends on the size. I can pick up the Petite Lanceros at a Tinder Box in the mall for around $11.
Originally Posted by RoyalTuxedo
Of the regular Fuente lines (eg - NOT Opus, Anejo, Don Carlos, Hemingway, etc.) I'd suggest trying some of the sun-growns. These are identified by a black band around the foot (as opposed to green). Regular production comes in four sizes, of which the Cuban Belicoso is usually the best, IMO. There's also a very rare fifth size, the 8-5-8, which I've never had and is a bit of a Holy Grail among cigar collectors. But the Cuban Beli you can surely find; the sun-grown wrapper gives it a flavor I'd describe as a nutty sweetness. Like many Fuentes, it starts out with a peppery burst before rounding into its full flavor profile, so be patient with that first half-inch of burn to give it a real chance.
I agree. I much prefer the Sun Growns to the Naturals and Maduros in the regular Fuente line. The 8-5-8s are good, but I haven't found them to be all that special compared to the other sizes. The Hemingway line is also great and the cameroon wrapper ones are usually pretty easy to find. Definitely try the Maduro Hemingways if you can find them. Especially the Work of Art. Yum.