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.