After a much needed short vacation, I return this week with a Review of the Arturo Fuente 8-5-8 Maduro. I picked up a few of these sticks to try a few months ago while stopping into a local B&M. With a price tag of $3.75 I decided to give them a shot.
During my initial inspection I found the cigar to be a little rough in appearance. The wrapper color varied from light brown to dark brown with lots of spots in between. The texture was lumpy with a firm feel when pinched. When clipped, I found the draw to be a little firm but produced a smooth and sweet pre light flavor.
After a quick toast and light I had the cigar burning evenly and producing a good volume of smoke. The body started off in the medium range and produced a smooth but dry finish. The base flavor to start was that of a typical Maduro. The initial flavors were a rich, natural tobacco flavor with an enjoyable sweetness as an aftertaste. The resting smoke was light and aromatic while the burn line was thin and even.
The second third of my cigar was very consistent to the first third. The body remained about medium and provided me with a smooth and short finish. Even though the finish was both short and smooth, I found it to be a little dry but not too bad overall. The base flavor remained a rich, natural tobacco flavor with a nice Maduro sweetness. The draw was getting a little tighter as I smoked but remained bearable and produced a decent volume of light colored smoke. The ash was light in color but would not hold on after a half inch or so.
As I smoked deeper into this cigar, and into the final third I really began to enjoy it. The body raised slightly, but remained a solid medium bodied smoke while the finish lost its dryness and became smooth and creamy. The base flavor continued to be a rich, natural tobacco flavor with an added Coffee and sweet flavor that rounded out the smoke well. The draw loosened up considerably with a bit more handling to loosen up the tobacco. The ash remained fairly light in color but consistently dropped before getting longer than ¾ of an inch.
Overall I think that this was a decent smoke. I didn’t care for it too much until the final third when it just opened up and became a new cigar all together. For $3.75 at a local shop, I think that this was a good buy and definitely worth a try if you enjoy Maduro cigars. If this cigar would have opened up earlier on, and been as enjoyable in the beginning as it was in the end I think that this would be an excellent cigar and not just a decent one.