Brand: Arturo Fuente Country: Dominican Republic
Size: 6 x 47 Wrapper: Cameroon
Price: $4.60 (Buy)
The Label Factor:
I’ve ragged on Arturo Fuente labels before. The Flor Fina 8-5-8 helps rectify the problem of having a label identical to many other AF cigars by being wrapped in cellophane that bears the name, “Flor Fina 8-5-8.” It’s still nowhere near as fantastic as the Opus X labels, but at least you know what you’re smoking.
What We Liked:
This is our second review sponsored by the good folks over at True Tobacco. Like the Rocky Patel Vintage 1990, I was able to smoke through a solid “fiver” of the 8-5-8 before making an informed opinion. The other cigars in my humidor were getting a little jealous during this phase of my life. My cigars are a lot like the Toy Story Aliens; each one wanting to be chosen next to get set on fire and put in my mouth. OK, maybe not as similar as I thought.
With a cameroon wrapper and a low price point, I’ll admit that I was expecting the Flor Fina to land somewhere near the “yikes” zone. I’m happy to report that each one landed in the “wow this shouldn’t be that good” zone. The flavor profile is far more earth and leather than sweetness but the flavors are unoffensive and probably won’t turn people away.
To get things started, a strong leather is dominant with a generic tobacco flavor present for the first batch of puffs. A pepper and wood begin to rear their heads later on with the wood flavor becoming slightly sweet closer to the end. Not the most diverse or balanced smoke ever, but I definitely enjoyed each one.
Perhaps most surprising was the construction. All of the sticks I smoked had close to perfect burns and good smoke production. The ash doesn’t hold on for very long so make sure to mind your lap after the ash gets to half an inch.
What We Didn’t Like:
Considering the price, there are really only two issues that come to mind here. First, I don’t really seek out a profile of dominant earth and leather. I’d much rather have sweet be the dominant flavor with spice and earth complimenting. Second; there is a definite lack of balance present here as I picked up almost zero sweetness throughout. Again, put into perspective of a $4.00 cigar, these issues become trivial.
Should You Try/Buy It:
Absolutely, yes. Everybody has different tastes and if the dominant leather and earth sounds appealing to you, this could easily be a “box-worthy” cigar for you to stock up on. At the very least, pick up a five-pack and give it a chance. I suspect you won’t be disappointed.
If you are interested in trying the Flor Fina 8-5-8, a five-pack can be purchased here.