The story behind the Arturo Fuente Flor Fina 8-5-8

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 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. ­čśë

* Since the interview was originally posted, the website has been redesigned and updated; therefore, I can no longer find it there.

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

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Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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