The Arturo Fuente 8-5-8 is one of the most popular of the Arturo Fuente Cigar Co.’s Gran Reserva family of cigars. Blended in honor of Carlos Fuente, Sr.’s 85th birthday, the cigars possess aged long-filler tobaccos and superior construction. Additionally, the cigars come in a wide variety of wrappers, such as natural Cameroon, Rosado Sun Grown, broadleaf Maduro, and candela. The 8-5-8 possesses an unusual vitola at 6×47, but that ring gauge was quite common for old Tampa vitolas, such as a Soberano (5.75×47) or a corona de Cuba (6.5×47).
The 8-5-8 candela features the iconic green, extra claro wrapper associated with the olden days of the cigar industry and the Oliva Tobacco Co. Candela is created by partially curing or freezing raw tobacco leaves and then smoke curing them to seal the chlorophyll inside the leaf. The result of the process is a magnificent green wrapper with a mild flavor and a fragrant, floral aroma. The sweet, mild flavor of the candela wrapper is balanced by the aged Dominican binder and filler tobaccos, creating a perfectly blended cigar.
The 8-5-8 candela is the perfect cigar for a novice smoker or a long-time smoker. For novice smokers, it represents a perfectly constructed cigar with complex tasting notes and a mild wrapper. For long-time smokers, it represents a throwback to the old days of the cigar industry when green cigars were a common sight. The box of 25 is well worth the price point of $134.85. The cigar burns evenly, even in the case of a haphazard lighting job. The smoking experience lasts for about an hour and yields pleasant-tasting notes of tea, coriander, honey, and hazelnuts. The consistency of the smoke and flavor across multiple cigars is truly remarkable.