Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Flora Fina 8-5-8 Claro

Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Flora Fina 8-5-8 Claro

Size: 6×47, 8-5-8

Wrapper: Claro

Binder: Dominican

Filler: Dominican

Strength: Mild

Price: Box of 25, $104

Grade: 9.1

The Arturo Fuente Flora Fina 858 is a part of the Gran Reserva line of cigars, and 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 handful of these along with some of the Maduro some time back and now I’m going to do a little review on this one.

It’s always fun to review a cigar that has been around forever and a cigar that is known by most all smokers. Sometimes the non-specialty lines from Fuente feel like a Honda Civic; you know it’ll be consistent and an easy ride, but sometimes you just end up wanting to drive the Mercedes or the Camaro.

We reviewed the Maduro version some time back, and you can view it here.

Pre-light, 1.8:
This unique green wrapper is triple capped and is cleanly rolled along the seams. The construction is solid and is firm in my palm. Moving down, there are no soft spots and the thinner gauge still carries a good weight. The aroma is of sweet cedar at the head, barnyard at the foot, with an additional butterscotch note. The Arturo Fuente Claro cuts clean and possesses an adequate pre-light draw, with flavors of mild tobacco and barnyard.

Burn, 1.8:
After a great light, there is an open draw that carries an even burn line. The pull is easy, the temp is cool, and there is a beautiful sheet like ash. The constriction is spot on throughout and it requires no effort in between puffs. Most importantly, this stick was consistent throughout the handful I smoked.

Flavor, 2.7:
The initial bust is very mild and smooth with some minor floral notes and a balanced sweetness that creates a slightly creamy texture. Settling into the first third, there is still quite a bit of floral notes with a toasty background that remains creamy. Moving into the second third, the smoke is very clean and pleasant on the palate with minor notes of toast, cedar, and a slight creamy butterscotch. The profile is a bit drier in this portion however. Moving into the final third, the profile is dominated by the floral notes that have been present in lesser degrees earlier in the smoke. Overall, for a mild bodied and flavored cigar, the transition and complexity was both surprising and enticing.

Overall, 2.8:
At around $4 a smoke, this is an incredibly consistent and pleasant smoke. The construction is spot on with an excellent burn, and the flavor is shiftier than most milder cigars offer. Mild in body and ultra mild in strength, this cigar would be an excellent gift cigar for un-experienced smokers, but will also satisfy those with a more experienced palate. This is an excellent cigar.

(Total: 9.1)