Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Flora Fina Maduro 858
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Price: Box of 25, $104
The Arturo Fuente Flora Fina 858 is a part of the Gran Reserva line of cigars, which features four wrappers and sixteen sizes: an African Cameroon, Connecticut Shade, Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro, and Ecuadorian Sun Grown wrapper. The 8-5-8 is sized at 6×47.
The Flora Fina is one of Fuente’s best priced cigars, aside from their mixed filler smokes. You can easily find these in B&Ms and online for around $3-4 a stick. I picked up a near full box of these and have really enjoyed their consistency, so I figured it was time to finally review it.
A beautifully colored chocolate brown wrapper covers Dominican filler. Spotting is across the Flora Fina, creating a very rustic exterior that is full of veins and bumps. Despite the unimpressive exterior, the construction appears to be flawless with no soft spots and a tight roll along the seams, all topped with a well constructed double cap. The aroma is very enticing, with notes of sweet cocoa, muted barnyard, and slight cedar nuances; there is even a minty hint on what is a very complex smelling cigar. The pre-light draw reveals a steady draw with a proper amount of resistance and the flavor is more difficult to detect than the aroma. Overall, the Flor Fina leaves a lot to be excited about.
The burn is slow and steady on the Flora Fina, although the line is ridged throughout and requires periodical touch-ups, but never a re-light. The coloring is consistent and thin layers stack to present a clean, sheet like ash. The aroma of the smoke is very plush and sweet and, along with the sweetness on the wrapper, it lingers and entices the experience.
On the first strike, there is an initial burst of thick cocoa that carries a long finish. Moving through the first third, the cocoa spike on the initial light fades into a dry body with some underlying notes of cedar and hay. Through the first third, the Flora Fina is very smooth, gentle, and consistent with minimal bite. Moving into the second third, the slight mint noted on the pre-light arrives and provides a subtle transition into an otherwise consistent and similar portion. The Flora Fina does not provide a great deal of complexity, but it is one of the more consistent cigars I’ve smoked, with a very mild and smooth body and an interesting enough profile to leave the smoker intrigued.
This would be one of my top recommendations for someone looking to introduce a friend to the joy of cigar smoking – it is consistent, well balanced, has an intriguing flavor profile, and has no sticker shock. It is also a great anytime smoke, for yard work, morning drives, etc. I really enjoy this size in the Gran Reserva line, and the price is also great.