Q. What does the “858” mean in the Arturo Fuente 8-5-8?
– G. Kaczmarek
A. Great question, and you came to the right place to ask. I actually wrote about this several years ago. It comes from an interview with Carlos Fuente Sr. talking about his father, posted on the old CigarFamily.com website:*
“…My father showed me how to blend the tobaccos into a shape which later became known as the Flor Fina 8-5-8 ®. And when my father passed away at the age of 85, as a way of honoring him and as a means of expressing our eternal love for him, we called it 8-5-8 so that the number would be legible from both directions. It became very well accepted almost immediately. Since he was instrumental in originating this cigar, I am sure he would be delighted to know that the 8-5-8 is still our largest selling shape.”
And that’s the way it is. 😉
* Since the interview was originally posted, the CigarFamily.com website has been redesigned and updated; therefore, I can no longer find it there.