Arturo Fuente 8-5-8 Rosado

Arturo Fuente 8-5-8 Rosado

Arturo FuenteOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Grand Corona
Size : 6 x 47
Wrapper : Dominican (?) Rosado
Binder : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Price : ?

There is no harder cigar to find from the Fuentes than the 8-5-8 Rosado. This sample comes from the 2009 release. They are prized as collector’s items, so I was interested in seeing how such a rare cigar actually tasted.

The appearance of this cigar doesn’t suggest anything special. The reddish tint and few veins make it attractive, but it really doesn’t jump out at you.

After lighting it and taking the first puff, all I can say is “Holy crap!”.

What a rich robust flavor! Smooth and creamy, teeming with leather and a bit of spice, the first puffs are a dream. The finish is really long, allowing me to enjoy these flavors long after the exhale.

The stick is full flavored but not strong. However it does pick up halfway through. The same flavors are present but in greater intensity, making it a complex cigar, sort of.

The last third is rife with espresso and cocoa notes with that purveying leather flavor.

What a joy this was to smoke! It makes me understand why they are so heavily sought after.

Rating: 94 (A)

3 Comments on “Arturo Fuente 8-5-8 Rosado”

  1. Dang!That review makes me want to offer my first born to the Cigar God so I can find AF 8-5-8! You make it sound so inviting and I love AF cigars anyway, but this reads like love at first puff! Will add to my list of “Cigar Things to Do”!
    ~Love and Gratitude~

  2. Dammit! Now I have another rare Fuente I need to track down! Between OpusX, Anejo Sharks, God of Fire, Opus X Lost City, Don Carlos, etc al this company has a knack for making awesome hard to get smokes.

  3. My Review of the Arturo Fuente 8-5-8 Rosado

    Arturo Fuente 8-5-8 Rosado

    Fuente 8-5-8′s generate a lot of conversation among avid cigar smokers. The Natural, bleh… The Maduro, eh…. The Sungrown, heck yeah!!… The Rosado, Woo-hoo!!! Gimme some!!

    That is generally how it goes but can vary depending upon who you are talking to. I do enjoy the black ribbon Sungrowns when I can find them, but even rarer than those are the 8-5-8 Rosados. When it is Fuente and it is rare, it generates buzz. For this cigar it is warranted. It is a really fantastic smoke. It highlights how dramatically a good wrapper can impact the overall experience of a blend. As far as I know all the Flor Fina 8-5-8 cigars are the same blend of tobaccos in the filler. If this is true this line of cigars is a good example to highlight the role a wrapper plays in the flavors of a cigar.

    The 8-5-8 Rosado is smooth and delicious. Floral notes are complimented by distinct flavors like cinnamon, and espresso. There are also more robust flavors that develop later in the smoke like leather and spice, yet it always remains smooth with an almost creamy texture to it all. This is a great cigar, I wonder why it is that Fuentes best stuff always has to be rare and hard to find. The cynic in me says to keep prices and sales up. But I don’t know if the wrapper is just hard to come by or what. I just wish they would make some of their better stuff a little easier to find. I have grown disenchanted with the brand and no longer feel the need to go out of my way to constantly chase down these special releases even though I feel like I am missing out from time to time.

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