Written by Puff Staff

Friday, 30 December 2011

User Rating: / 2

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When I first look at the Flor Fina 8-5-8, I really don’t receive a vibe that it is an expensive cigar. That’s fine, because it isn’t. I think it’s the bit of lime green on the red and gold band that throws me off. Regardless, the cigar itself appears to be well-built. The medium-brown wrapper has many small veins and lacks any significant amount of oil. Dry and rustic are two words that describe the overall look of the 8-5-8. Luckily, we are not in a beauty contest. It does feel firm and lacks any soft spots, so it gets a passing grade overall. Just before lighting I notice a cedar aroma and a sweet cold taste, both of which lead me to believe that this will be a mellow experience.

After lighting, the Flor Fina 8-5-8 exhibits some less than desirable burn characteristics. The draw seems a bit loose, and the light gray ash is flaky. The cigar also tends to get uneven, requiring various touch-ups. It’s nothing that my lighter cannot handle, but I would prefer to be able to relax and concentrate more on the smoke. Fuente disappoints in this department.

While the burn was a tad problematic, the flavor is where the Fuente Flor Fina 8-5-8 really goes to work. There’s never a dull moment and plenty of complexity to be enjoyed. The first third starts off with notes of tobacco and cedar. Sweetness also appears to really give the cigar a pleasing profile. The second third offers more cedar and sweetness, and it also transitions to become very creamy. The final third caps things off with a blend of earth, leather, and more cedar.

So, the Fuente Flor Fina 8-5-8 was not the perfect cigar. To be honest, for the price I paid, I cannot complain too much. This becomes even truer when I think about the complexity contained within the 8-5-8. Perhaps I got a dud in the burn department, but it won’t prevent me from at least picking up another single. Speaking of which, a single sells for around $4. At that price, it’s worth it to purchase a pack of five or box of 25.

The Arturo Fuente Flor Fina 8-5-8 earns a rating of 3.5 out of four stars.

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