By: Nelson DeMelo  

Arturo Fuente is one of the most recognized cigar brands in the world. Known for their outstanding quality and of course amazing Dominican Republic tobacco. Today we discuss the Flor Fina 858 Rosado Sungrown. I have tried the regular 858 but the rosado sun grown is something special in a category by itself in my opinion. Fuente is usually attached to Opus X conversations but I’m challenging that with this one….read on ….

Backstory:  Back in 2002 Fuente Released the first set-up boxes with only 87 being released.  In 2009  an unknown number of boxes were sold at the IPCPR to vendors. In 2012 more boxes were released to the public although that number is also not disclosed. The good news is while the number is unknown,  these can be found at retailers around the country as I found them in 3 shops myself.

Appearance:    These look very similar to the regular Flor Fina sticks. It comes in cellophane with a Spanish cedar wrapper. The main difference is the Rosdao Sun Grown has a red ribbon on the foot.  The body of the stick looks good with some veins but otherwise good construction. The wrapper is milk chocolate, not oily, and doesn’t feel like the draw will be tight. The band was a traditional Fuente logo band.
(Score: 22 out 25)

Notes:  On the cold draw, not surprisingly (due to the wrapper), were hints of cedar and coffee. .   This was a smooth transition smoke as nothing was overpowering to start but soon went into that earthy cocoa I love so much. Even more so on the retro-hale. I will say this was not a very complex cigar and those great flavors I enjoy maintained throughout the experience. I smoked this puppy right down to the nub (insert rare use of cigar dagger! (Score: 23 out of 25)

Experience:  Overall, for me, this was a great experience. From cut to nub I enjoyed every puff. I had zero touch-ups or canoeing. This had a razor-sharp burn throughout. Great consistent smoke as well. I don’t usually smoke anything below 50 gauge but this felt great in my hand and mouth (there’s that mouthfeel I talk about). This was a med strength and body stick and I highly recommend this for all palates. Smoke time was 75 minutes (Score: 23 out of 25)

At an average of $12 this is a great value for any humidor.
(Score: 23 out of 25)

SCORE :  91                                       StogieGeeks Rating:   Box Worthy

Avg Price: $ 12                                   Vitola: Corona             Size: 6 ¼ x47           Strength:Med

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Rosado Sun Grown    Binder: Dominican     
Filler: Dominican

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