Arturo Fuente Gran Reserva Flor Fina 8-5-8 Maduro

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  1. chefjohn

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    Length: 6
    Ring Gauge: 47
    Country Manufactured: Dominican Republic
    Filler: Dominican Republic
    Binder: Dominican Republic
    Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
    United States
    Color: Maduro
    Strength: Mild-Medium
    Shape: Corona Grande

    This was given to me as a gift and was estimated to have 2 years on it. It rested in my humidor for 172 days at 65%.

    Appearance/Construction (10 points): 9/10
    Slightly dryer Maduro wrapper but not excessive otherwise flawless construction with an evenly filled barrel, very few visible veins, and perfectly applied cap.

    Smoking Characteristics (20 points): 19/20
    This took flame quite effortlessly. The burn line did wander just slightly but presented not issue and required no touch up but I did deduct a point for that. The draw was perfect throughout the smoke and produced generous amounts of thick creamy smoke.


    Flavor and Aroma (35 points): 35/35
    Tasting the cigar even prior to cutting there was a very discernible sweetness which was present post light and becoming more prominent at about the halfway mark. In the end part of the 2nd third this sweetness took on an almost honey like sweetness and even the smoke had a very subtle sweet tobacco aroma. In the 2nd third a very soft spiciness reminiscent of white pepper and ginger emerged as did a Smokey/sweet flavor I can only describe as lightly charred sweet potato. There was quite a bit of complexity to this stick with a med/full body and very flavorful and lingering finish.


    Overall Summary (35 points): 35/35
    This was an absolutely flavor packed cigar with a pleasant finish. This is one cigar I would recommend be on your must try list.


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  2. Thebutcher

    Thebutcher testing testing.....is this thing on?

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    Wow... That was a glowing review,I have been meaning to pick up and try some AF Hemmingways I may have to throw a five or ten pack of these on the order with it.
    Again thanks for the review
     
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    Thanks Butcher. I think being that they had a couple of years on them had much to do with the nuances I picked up but I’ve heard great things about them even without the age on them, so I think that you’ll enjoy them plus they’re pretty reasonably priced. I have a couple of Hemingway Between The Lines napping in my humidor. Thanks again for your input and encouragement.
     
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  4. Palama

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    Very nice review. (y)
    The 8-5-8 Maddies are one of my favorite smokes.
    And if you like them after 2+ years of nap time, wait’ll you ash one up with 4 years or more... :woot:
     
  5. redneck_toy

    redneck_toy Fuente Fanboy donor5

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    Thanks for the review! Made me realize I haven't had a 8-5-8 in a long while. Peeked at Cigarpage and saw Fuente for 25% off until tomorrow morning. Picked up a box of Naturals for $109.
     
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  6. Mr.Capo.907

    Mr.Capo.907

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    100% accurate bro. This is my favorite stick so far in my few months of smoking cigars. I tell all my friends if they want to try a cigar to try this one.

    Sent from my backyard using smoke signals
     
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    mwlabel BoM July '13

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    Very much this. I've been finding true gems in my humidor lately now that I've re-organized everything. Regular production Fuentes, Padrons, Tatuajes, etc. now with several years on them are - to no surprise - heavenly.
     
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    jwintosh BoM June 07 donor13

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    great review! I smoke a lot of these back in the day. Send me your address. I think I have an old 858 sungrown you'll enjoy!
     
  9. Palama

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    8-5-8 SG, another favorite...wish they weren’t so hard to find at a good price these days. :meh:
     
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    Have you checked Cigar Page?
     
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    Not recently but appreciate the heads up and will take a look. I still have an unopened box of SGs from 2015 and splurged on 8-5-8 Rosados, WOAMs and R44s last year so my Fuentes cooler is quite full. But, not saying I couldn’t rearrange it if I had to.... :whistle:
    Thanks.

    Edit: they’re sold out. :banghead: Will check back.
     
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