Time for a review!  This week, we’re taking a look at the Sungrown version of the 858, from Arturo Fuente.  The 858 takes its name in honor of Arturo himself, who was instrumental in developing the blend.  In fact, Carlito Fuente has said it was his grandfather’s personal blend.  When he (Arturo) died at the age of 85, the family brought the 858 to market under the name “858″ as a palindrome and reminder of their patriarch.  The cigar is 6″ long, a 47 ring, and comes in 5 different wrapper offerings.  The “standard” lines are the natural (Cameroon) and maduro (Connecticut Broadleaf).  I would also include the claro (Connecticut/candela) as standard production as well, although it is less common on retailer shelves.  I would imagine this cigar is readily available, just not quite as appealing to the current market, which probably drives somewhat lower production numbers (pure speculation on my part).  The remaining two wrappers are far more difficult to come by – the SG Rosado (cedar wrap/red band on the foot), and the Sungrown (cedar wrap/black band on the foot/Ecuadorian Sungrown wrapper).  Production has seemed erratic for these final two offerings



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Comment by Cigar Federation on November 4, 2011 at 3:14am
Well done review!
Comment by The Cigarmy (Kip) on November 4, 2011 at 2:19pm
Thanks!  Just wish I'd made that "READ MORE" a little more prominent...it gets lost in the shuffle.


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