The 858 Claro is one cigar that I am finding has little information out on it. Â The 858 Claro is part of Arturo Fuenteâ€™s core line 858 series, along side a maduro, sungrown, and natural. Â Fuente has been a household name for cigar enthusiasts for over 100 years now. Â I would assume that the candela wrapper was at one time a top seller back when it was the cigar of choice for American consumers. Â So much has changed in the industry since then and Iâ€™m betting this isnâ€™t the same cigar your Gramps puffed on. Â Today the 858 Claro will finish out our 3 part candela series, we hope you all have a happy and safe St. Patrickâ€™s day!
Vitolas: The 858 Claro comes in a single vitola, a 6.25×47 Lonsdale. Â The Claro is available in boxes of 25 with a $5.50-$6 price tag.
Blend: Wrapper: Connecticut Claro (Candela)
Appearance: Â The 858 Claro is a pale muted green color, the band is the standard 858 band with a green stripe at the bottom. Â The cigar appears to be well put together but the wrapper does seem very fragile. Â I also notice quite a bit of glue on the wrapper. Â The foot seems packed well and over all the cigar shows me nothing too concerning.
Pre-Light: The 858 Claro has some mild sweetness on the nose with some grass notes from the wrapper. Â The foot of the cigar gives a hint of cocoa, and the cold draw gives earthy and floral flavors.
1st Third: Â The Arturo Fuente 858 Claro opens up with very mild flavors, just a bit of grass with a very faint white pepper. Â Further into the 1st third notes of toasty bread begins to come through and the pepper notes pick up.
2nd Third: The pepper almost disappears as I move into the second third of the 858 Claro. Â The toasty notes are still very alive though with just a hint of grassy floral like flavors.
Last Third: The last third of the 858 Claro really fell apart flavor wise. Â I found the flavors to become harsh and intolerable. Â The construction remained good, but the flavors really were a turn off.
Construction: Â The Arturo Fuente 858 Claro was a very well constructed cigar, I found no flaws during the smoking of it. Â The candela wrapper was very delicate but never had any issues with cracks or holes, I was very pleased with how the construction performed, true to what we expect from Arturo Fuente.
Burn: The burn had a few issues in the first third but after a short touch up was sharp as a razor and never faltered there after. Â The smoke produced was great and the cigar had a nice grey ash that held well and was not flaky at all.
Final Assessment: Â Looking at this cigar as a whole I think it is just another cigar, nothing stood out and wowed me. Â With that said, the first two thirds were the only ones that I found to be smokeable, and they were enjoyable. Â The cigar was mild in strength and flavor. Â There was very little complexity but the flavors were there. Â If you are a smoker who is looking for power and complexity then steer clear of this one, although if you are looking for a very mild smoke it may be worth trying one, I would not suggest investing in more though until you decide for yourself.