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“Fonseca Arana, an extremely pleasant and flavorful cigar.
Definitely more flavor than your run-of-the-mill Fonseca 5-50.
Earth-shattering? Not really.
A Top-10 list smoke? Probably not.
A bundle of twenty for $29 + change? Absolutely.
Yea, that’s not a typo. A long-filler, hand rolled taste treat for a little more than you’d pay for a Swisher Sweet.
“Got twenty (20) Fonseca Arana Robustos in the mail last week. Gave them a five days in the humidor and smoked the first one this evening. I gave these a try as an everyday summer smoke because I truly enjoy their Casa Magna Colorado Robusto. I was very happy with the even burn and flavors of the Arana! Certainly tastes more expensive than it really is. Give this cigar a try -- it is well worth the price!”
“This new blend by Fonseca is quite a little treat. If you're looking for that same classic Fonseca flavor and love the Habana Selección and the Cubano Limitado, you'll like this. In addition to these flavors, it delivers with notes of smoked cinnamon, wood, and medium shoe leather without being overpowering or light footed. A solid medium-bodied performer, this cigar will deliver all the Fonseca goodness with plenty of wallet breathing room.”
“Just received a bundle today, lit one this evening and was quite impressed. I figure with a little humidor time, they will be even better. It draws nice, burned even, and only a $1.50 a stick...(coronas) My only regret is, I didn't try them sooner.”
“Recevied this in a sampler, and I couldn't figure out why the journal I keep on cigars. This Fonseca was noting like an enty I had made months ago concerning my feelings on the cigar. I then noticed that the secon one had the darker wraper, and met the description of pepper within the flavor. I have to make an aplogy to all those who enjoy pepper in a cigar, since it was not something I desire in the least bid. However, after my son who is also a lover of the stick, expressed is love for a peppery flavor. This will meet that description without going overboard for people such as myself who don't care for the tase of pepper. Well constructed, and even though it had only been in the humidor a couple of days. The burn was pretty much even, and while it may not be a cigar I would choose. It is very easy to see why there would be others that would. I smoked it down to the nub, and I would place this in the moderate category. More humidor time would also help the cigar last longer, and the small size cigars that make up most of the samplers, need all the time they can get. A 5 X 50 has to be made pretty well in order to get a slow burning time. That is probably one of the greatest attributes of the Cuban cigar. A 6 X 52 Cuban will hang with a 7.5 X 84 5 Vegas Gold 7.5 X 84. There are also non Cubans that I have received from CI that have a nice slow burn without sacrificing a good draw. This is a cigar that I would suggest any person who likes a small step above a mild, with a slight peppery flavor, should give them a chance”
“So I just got my 20 pack in the mail. This cigar is the best purchase I feel I have made from Cigars International. Smooth dark flavors almost like the Carlos Torano exodus 50 years. The best Fonseca I have smoked and I have tried a few in my young life. With this price on coronas it has become my new favorite. Thank you Manolo and CI for this amazing smoke. I'm blown away”
“My son picked up a 20 pack of these for me last week when we stopped in CI. I thought, for the price, I wasn't going to like them but to my surprise I really enjoy them. Been having one every night now after work and I must say I like the flavor. We are planning on riding our bikes to CI Saturday and I sure hope they still have them in stock as I plan on pickup up 2 more 20 packs while there.
“Fonseca Arana Torpedo...Not a big Fonseca fan, but I thought I would try a bundle at the special price. To my amazement, I was pleasantly surprised. The first one was very good along with the second and third. So I purchased four more bundles before the price went up. Just the right amount of spice, a very pleasant cigar. Quite a complex cigar with the intensity growing all the way to the band. The burn could be better but the flavor is worth the little bit of clean up necessary to keep this baby going nicely. After many years of experimenting, the Arana has become my go to cigar.”
“In a few words the 6 x 60 are amazing! At this price they are a fantastic. Thank you CI for this great Father's Day gift.”
“Just received my mazo of Fonseca Arana Gordo....Great cigar!! I got the special that included a lighter for a $1 more. Not a fan of the lighter, but for a $1 I can't complain too hard.”
“My son picked up a bundle about 3 weeks ago and I amazed at how nice they were. The flavor is fantastic and I really enjoy them. A little spicy, peppery flavor that is so enjoyable I couldn't believe it, especially for the price. Like them so much that the following week we went back to CI and I picked up another bundle. I have been having one every night now and couldn't be happier. I would recommend at least trying them, taste and price are right and you have nothing to loose and everything you would want sit back and enjoy a nice relaxing night.”
“Got these for work and have been surprised with how good they are (being less than $2 each). Sadly, I've had to toss at least four while in mid smoke (damn you work), great buy for something simple.”
“The previous reviewers are not blowing smoke up your skirt when they say that Fonseca Arana is a very good, inexpensive bundle cigar that smokes like a lot of box offerings that cost 3 or 4 times as much. I received a bundle of the coronas today & was impressed by the packaging, the terrific look of the dark brown wrapper, the construction, which looks more like a box offering than a bundle stogie, & last but certainly not least, the tremendous flavor profile. I cannot remember a Fonseca cigar that I have enjoyed more than the Arana. A step up in power from most Fonseca sticks, Arana emits gobs of smoke that is filled with medium bodied flavors like cinnamon & sweet tobacco. The greyish ash is firm & holds on like a pit-bull, until you roll it off. The smoke remains cool throughout & peppery spices compliment the cinnamon base. I cannot recall smoking a better tasting bundle vitola. When you factor in the price, further enhanced by the 7 cigar freebie that CI so generously added to my deal, it's another absolute "No-Brainer". I will be ordering more of these & cannot wait to try the J. Fuego Origen corona I spied in the freebie that came with this bundle purchase. That's the 17th highest rated cigar of 2012! Thanks again CI, for continually offering such high quality cigars at prices that will keep me coming back for more.”
“Wow! 20 lip smacking Fonseca Arana coronas & a nice assortment of Fonseca robustos, at a price that puts them in the bargain range. No complaints here. The Arana corona is a peppery little firecracker of a smoke. Medium/full bodied & overflowing with spices & nutty goodness that compliments the overall earthy flavors. Clouds of thick white smoke flow from this firm, heavy feeling corona. The ash is greyish/white & clings like glue to the sporty 5.5"X 44 chassis. The burn is long, smooth & eventful from start to finish. Truly a bundle cigar that looks, feels & smokes like a box cigar costing 2 or 3 times as much. The reddish hued, toothy, dark habano wrapper covers a luxurious Cuban seed, Dominican long filler blend bound with a spicy Cirollo '08 binder. Quickly becoming my favorite bundle cigar, the Fonseca Arana corona will thrill those who are looking for an everyday treat that doesn't cost an arm & a leg. Full flavored & full bodied freaks will love this spicy blend. There is a strong pepper component present, but it enhances the smoke, because it is not overpowering. I am already figuring out how I can order up a bundle of the Arana robustos & grab another 7 pack of the Fonseca robustos for a mere Lincoln more.”
“Enjoying this smoke on a lovely September day walking along the east side of Manhattan. I am truly amazed at the high quality taste profile from such a reasonable priced stick! Definitely rosewoody-cedary taste with a hint of earthy flavor. There are some peppery notes, but contrary to the above reviews, the pepper taste is pleasant and very subtle. I can definitely recommend this piece of art as a wonderful walk or driving smoke and I will guarentee that you won't be embarrassed to hand this out as a give-a-way cigar to a friend. Even a seasoned smoker won't recognize this as a $1.50 cigar.
“Packed too tight, plugged, whatever you want to call it, near impossible draw. Tossed half of them so far. Those few I could smoke, 4 so far, were nothing special. Woody and leathery with a so so burn. OK stick for the money, but figuring in the toss rate, price goes up to about $7 a stick. Not worth it.”
“I have already gone through 1 bundle of the Torpedo's and just received another bundle of the Toro's a few days ago. I have been smoking quality cigars for over 20 years and let me tell you these are some great smokes especially at these prices. Beautifully made, great draw, lots of billowy smoke, smooth taste and a good mix of flavors. Makes for a great everyday smoke for the price. I could easily give these a rating of 89 to 90.”
“Not bad for a bundled cigar...put in humi for at least a month. Come back, you have a good cigar for the price. Perfect for long days ice fishin, thanks CI..........”
“The Fonseca Araña Robusto is a mild body cigar, not spicy at all with some creamy cedary flavors. It performed great and the price point is to die for. Connecticut fans should try it. It won't hurt.”
“A recent clearance deal netted me two of the Fonseca Arana Robustos. I purchased a bundle & loved the Corona, but had long since smoked them all. One puff of the Robusto reminded me just how good this blend is. Factoring in price, Arana is my favorite Fonseca offering. I will now definitely pull the trigger on a bundle of the Robustos & gladly pony up the extra fiver to get the seven delicious blends that upgrade contains. If you like medium bodied, peppery, spicy vitolas that emit clouds of luxurious smoke & have firm grey ash that clings to the stogie like a pitbull, then Arana is for you. I know it's for me. Delicious!”
“Because of this Cigar I am now a Fonseca convert, there was a time I would not give this Brand a look because of a bad experience. This cigar has redeemed the Brand.”
“Quality of these cigars has seriously declined in the last 2 months. Burn hot, muddy flavor. Unacceptable and a great disappointment.
“Been a total Krap.... Out of 20 cigars, maybe on a good side, 5 were ok. Pleasant smell and taste for those five, but as for the others. Be bettered for ear popping draws to actual impossible!”
“I was fortunate enough to try the robusto when i ordered the Fonseca Anthology sampler and by far this was one of the best of the bunch. The draw was perfect, the burn was flawless and the flavor profile was pleasant with hints of cinnamon and wood that finishes slightly earthy yet very smooth. I then ordered a bundle of 20 Robustos, let them sit in the humi for about a month and lit one up. Couldn't be happier. You've got a great cigar and an even better price. You can't go wrong with these as they are one of the best bangs for you hard earned buck!”
“As a traditionally mild Dominican brand branching out into medium-strength Habano territory, Fonseca Araña makes a pretty good case for itself, an exceptionally good one when you factor in the price.... At 5" x 52, it delivers quite a high volume of dark earthiness topped off with the Habano's pungent notes of bitter cocoa. If you're looking to get blown away by a profoundly complex flavor, go next door and check out Fonseca's Cubano Limitado series. The Arañas are a bit more single-minded than that, but they're definitely worth trying. And, as they're Fonsecas, I naturally have zero complaints in the construction and burn departments. P.S. Give these some time, maybe 3 or 4 months. They smooth out beautifully with a little age.”
After letting half a bundle of the Coronas age for a year, I'm happy to report that they've morphed into something I've never had before: a smooth, mild, light-bodied cigar wrapped in a dark Nicaraguan Habano leaf. Since the money you would be laying out on these is pretty much rock-bottom —the most expensive is the 6.00 x 60 Gordo, and they're still only $2.50 a stick— you might as well go ahead and put in the time, if you have the storage space. They're worth it if you like mild fare, but want to experience a bit of a departure from the usual Connecticut Shade experience.”
“Wow! A great tasting cigar from beginning to end. It has a wonderful taste and aroma. Enjoyable to the burnt fingertips.”
“Medium-Full bodied pepper, cream, leather; an excellent cigar. :)”
“Earth and pepper taste.
A best buy cigar. Tastes like Oktoberfest, but cheaper.
“I just got these Fonseca Arana Robustos this morning and decided to give one a try a few hours later. First, this is a nice looking, well constructed smoke, and a pretty hefty one too with a 52 ring gauge. The first few puffs weren't anything special but after close to one inch things began to build. The aroma itself is worth lighting one up. It reminded me of the aroma from a Cohiba Red Dot when it's smoldering and also a mild cigar called Cu-Avana. The taste to me was a little woody with a slight hint of leather and some creaminess, but mostly in the first inch on the creamy part. As I got toward the middle I began to get strong hints of toasted cinnamon that I read about from other reviewers, but it faded after about 10 more minutes of smoking. In all I was impressed, especially with it having just arrived and no time in my humidor. Now I may smoke one more in a few days and then let the remainder rest for at least two months. I would like to add another thing too. If you're a newer smoker who smokes only mild cigars and you've been wanting to test the waters with a medium smoke then the Fonseca Arana would be an excellent choice. It's smooth, aromatic, and tasty. Unless you just have a super weak stomach you won't even miss a beat. Habano wrappers are one of my favorites, and when I saw it on a medium Fonseca cigar I had to try it. If I had the power to change one thing about this smoke I would want the hints of cinnamon to stay around longer. This may leapfrog my other favorite medium smoke, the Flor de Oliva original, which is also a good budget cigar. Both are good though. An apple and oranges thing I guess. I hope Fonseca keeps making these for CI.
“Fantastic Cigar at a fantastic price,I can not get enough .Just re ordered again.
Tnx C I”
“Was not impressed at first, but the more you smoke it the better it gets. I find it to be a mild cigar.”