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Fonseca Arana

Great blend, better price.

Just don't forget my birthday. Because that's the least you could do after I bring you a deal this impressive. A full-flavored, high-quality handmade from the legendary Fonseca brand. One that's loaded with flavor and starting at less than a buck-fitty apiece with generous sizes to choose from. More than just an “atta boy” should be coming my way, my friend!.

Fonseca Arana is a true beauty from head to toe. Blended by cigar-legend Manuel Quesada, the man behind the 93-rated Casa Magna, Arana employs a dark and toothy Habano wrapper, a spicy Criollo '98 binder, and a bold blend of Cuban-seed Dominican long-fillers aged to perfection. The result is a full-flavored, medium-bodied smoke. Each savory cigar is smooth, rich, and extremely well-made. Notes of pepper, earth, and cedar complement a hearty tobacco core, creating an eventful and highly enjoyable experience from first light right on down to the finger-burning nub. Fonseca Arana, legit on so many levels and a steal at my paltry asking price.

Pack In Stock MSRP Price Qty Cart
Churchill (7.0"x50)
Pack of 20 In Stock $130.00
save $80.01 62% off
Corona (5.5"x44)
Pack of 20 In Stock $90.00
save $55.01 61% off
Gordo (6.0"x60)
Pack of 20 In Stock $140.00
save $85.01 61% off
Robusto (5.0"x52)
Pack of 20 In Stock $110.00
save $70.01 64% off
Toro (6.0"x50)
Pack of 20 In Stock $120.00
save $75.01 63% off
Torpedo (6.5"x52)
Pack of 20 In Stock $130.00
save $80.01 62% off
Overall Rating 3.74137931034483 out of 5 Based on 58 Ratings

Customer Reviews of “Fonseca Arana”

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1 out of 5
Never had a cigar that tasted like overboiled kale before. But now I have. The star is only because you've got to pick something.
4 out of 5
Great stick for the price.
These are obviously not high end cigars, but what a great smoke for the cost. I have not had any problems with the draw and really no uneven burning. I believe these are my new go to for a daily smoke.
5 out of 5
mike from Columbus Ohio.
The Fonseca arana,s are a good med /full . Cigar.. Good flavor, good burn, Will purchase again..
5 out of 5
Great at twice the price
I got a couple of bundles of these on the Cigar Fu special based on the fact that I have never been let down by a Quesada product. These did not disappoint. I am about 5 cigars into the first bundle. Mild to medium flavor with spice and leather hints. The are well constructed and I found the draw to be firm, but not tight. The burn evenly, hold the ash well. There is nothing bad to say about these cigars. Easily worth two or three times what they are asking for. My only regret is not buying more bundles.
4 out of 5
Good stick
Good enough that I ordered another bundle. Good, shorter duration smoke.
5 out of 5
Love these cigars! I think they are the best cigar at this price range.
2 out of 5
Not a happy camper
I was expecting more from this cigar. Outside edge of wrapper was hard to keep lit. Uneven burn and had to keep relighting. Taste was harsh. Would not purchase again.
5 out of 5
Better than Macanudo
I switched to this cigar from Macanudos which I had smoked for years and loved. This is 1) less expensive and 2) tastes even better. Some of the criticisms I've read seem to relate more to the properly humidified condition. I too have had that problem that they don't stay lit if they are at all dried out. But properly humidified, they are terrific and burn perfectly. They were back ordered when I put in my last request so I went back to Macanudo. I will switch back just as soon as they get their new shipment of these cigars. From the way they run out of them I see I am not alone in my love of this particular size (corona) of this brand.
3 out of 5
Expected Better
What I discovered is that it tastes great but was really a tough smoke. Had to always re-light. Definitely not a golf cigar.
3 out of 5
Slight offputing flavor early, becomes
Slight offputing flavor early, becomes better as it is smoked.
5 out of 5
Great cigars
These were very good
5 out of 5
I have not had any
I have not had any Fonseca cigars that I have not enjoyed. Great value.
4 out of 5
Cigar smoker
Smooth smoke, good burn
5 out of 5
Fonseca Arana Robusto
Awesome deal here, I highly recommend trying these.
5 out of 5
good stuff
good prices, punctual delivery
1 out of 5
About the fonsecas arana gordo
I smoke more than half but if those cigars are 90 + i felt very disappointed, they are very poor quality, they not burn normaly and taste bad, sorry but i never gona buy those AGAIN
2 out of 5
Not a really good smoke at all. Was very disappointed with this purchase. Large smoke output with a burned flavor. Had to put it down after the first third.
5 out of 5
dabesta robusto
Thes cigars find their way to my house with regularity. As a retired man with limited spending money these keep me enjoying and not just smoking. For the money spent, they are great. Are there better cigars ? Sure ! But not much.
5 out of 5
great cigar...great price!!
great cigar...great price!!
4 out of 5
Very good for the price!
A smoke for the golf course and front porch. Good draw. Flavorful and consistent. I always keep some in my humidor.
5 out of 5
What a BUY!!!!
It's light, flavorful and has a sweet aroma.....Doesn't get harsh at the end like some others....... This one will always be in my humidor.....
5 out of 5
Best everyday cigar
Great flavors Love it these GrodoS.
1 out of 5
Humidor nap couldn't save these
I put these in one of my humidors and the results are in: THEY ARE STILL WORSE THAN HORRIBLE!! In all of my 35 years of smoking cigars, I have never thrown any away until now. I tried to smoke one a few days ago and I couldn't go even halfway with it. The horrible chemical smell was gone but they now taste and smell like old stale cardboard. I wouldn't accept these if they paid me to take them. Something was horribly wrong with these cigars, maybe it was poison ivy leaves instead of tobacco leaves they were made of. I will never take a chance on these again.
3 out of 5
Not. Bad
It's. A. Good. Cigar For. The. Price
4 out of 5
Good Cigar but a Great Value
Not the best cigar in the humidor but possibly the best value. It's a great stick for smoking while doing something else.
5 out of 5
Good cigar good price
4 out of 5
Suprisingly enjoyable for the price
I'm smoking this right now. It's actually not that bad. U can tell the tobacco isn't well aged... But the flavors are still pretty good. I've never had a good cheap cigar.. but this one may be the best u can get for the price. It is mainly an earthy taste... But there are very suttle hints of leather, cocoa, and coffee. Some pepper. Well made. Buy a bunch of these to hand out to friends. Enjoy with some coffee. Not bad at all.
1 out of 5
Purchased these a few weeks ago because they looked so good in the leaflet they sent me with a previous order. I regret I ever saw these cigars, the pre-light smell of these had an odor of ammonia mixed with insect killing spray. I thought surely they would not smell like this when I smoked one. WRONG! They were even worse when they were lit. I don't know if I got a bad batch of these or not. They were harsh and bitter and I almost got physically sick as I smoked it. The smoke from these had an effect of breathing sulfuric acid fumes. I am going to continue giving these a long nap in one of my humidors to see if that helps.
4 out of 5
On second thought...
Hey it's me again... Upon further review of this cigar I'm upgrading my thoughts on it. The longer they sat in my humidor, the better they got! I'm a huge fan of the flavor and the burn is consistent. If I wasn't so busy buying up all the daily/weekly deals CI has to offer, I'd be filling up on more of these gems. I have them flagged for my next order and I suggest you do the same!!!
3 out of 5
Not too shabby
I was looking for a good deal when I came across these. I had high hopes for them based on the description. There are a few in the bundle that were difficult to smoke but overall they're not too shabby. A decent flavor and a good buy for the price. I'll buy them again.
1 out of 5
Cigars did not burn well
Cigars did not burn well and were a tough smoke. Only a couple good cigars in the batch.
5 out of 5
good inexpensive digar
I like all of the Fonseca Arana's. Good flavor good burn for a inexpensive gar.
3 out of 5
Good Budget Smoke!!
No complaints here, you get what you pay for, right? As others have said, the consistency can be a little lacking. Sometimes I have to open up the draw with a little spike tool I have - but hey - whatever, they're working for my taste and my budget, so I'm not complaining. I'll buy them again for sure.
4 out of 5
Based on price, a great deal
This cigar seemed well constructed when taking it out of the bundle. I let it sit in my humidor for 4 weeks before trying. The cigar feels good in the hand. It toasted and lit very easily. The first third was very mild, easy to smoke. The second third brought in some more flavors and starting coming into its own. The last third was the best! All of the flavors seemed to be bursting through in that last third. The burn was super even and the ash was a medium gray that held very well. This cigar never seemed to get hot, just a cool burn the entire time! Would be a great cigar for beginners or just a good daily smoke! Best less than $2 cigar I have ever smoked. I am looking forward to smoking the rest of the bundle.
5 out of 5
great cigar, great value
I loved this cigar from start to finish. the burn was great, the taste was good and better at the end .I have smoked 4 from my first bundle and not one bad . and all taste about the same , smoke time is pretty good also not so long you get bored ... I would recommend this cigar it was great
5 out of 5
Awful smoke
tried 5 of them and all were plugged.
5 out of 5
fine cigar
These are now a constant occupant in my humidor. The price is right and they always hit the mark.
2 out of 5
plagued by poor draw
About 1/3 of the bundle had draw issues.
4 out of 5
Good Everyday Smoke
A decent everyday smoke. Didn't find a bad one in the bundle.
4 out of 5
I'd nominate Fonseca!
Early polling shows increasing popularity; all positions of taste, draw and strength are favorable; could trump all candidates if these trends continue. And, as we know, that would be big, tremendous, unbeatable and beautiful. But, I'm not sure I can say that . . .
1 out of 5
Poor Burn and Unsmokeable
I bought these and initially gave them a good review after trying to smoke the first one. The burn was horrible so I put them away for 2 months. Once I came back to them I realized they were junk. The cigars won't burn even, and they also have many soft spots and groves which can be felt through the wrapper and binder. They look good on the outside, but they are junk on the inside. No more taking a chance on something and wasting good money.
4 out of 5
Fonseca Arana Toro
A satisfying med to full flavor cigar. Rich and smooth to the end. Has a mellow rich flavor better than some of the more expensive brands.
3 out of 5
Mixed Review of the Fonseca Arana
I hate to give this a negative review, the smoke is great, I love the flavor and the looks of the wrapper…however in this last bundle about half of them were plugged about half way up the cigar. After throwing several of them away, I decided to start using a “draw poker” device to open up the tight spots. These cigars are great as long as you can actually smoke them.
3 out of 5
ok gor guets on sale
uneven draw and burn, difficult to keep it lit
3 out of 5
Very good cigar for the price
Good draw,even burn and great taste makes this stick a great everyday smoke.
4 out of 5
Fonseca Arana review
For an everyday knock-a-round smoke, these cigars are not bad.
5 out of 5
4 out of 5
half to have them
great cigar for its price
4 out of 5
Let them sit in your Humidor for a couple weeks.
ok, So much better after sitting in my humidor for 4 weeks. The price makes this a real bargin and I would definitely buy again if I have room in my humidor to have them sit at least 2-3 weeks (the first one I tried was straight out of the mailbox and I thought I had made a mistake). Great flavor, a little spicy but still very smooth draw. Burns extremely evenly. Goes great with a cup of coffee.
5 out of 5
Great Cigar- Great Price
one of my favorites- great smoke that's even from start to finish -love the oily dark wrapper
3 out of 5
Great everyday
For the price you can't beat it. While this is a rather one dimensional stick, it proves to be a hearty, and satisfying smoke. Medium to full body with plenty of flavor the whole way down.
2 out of 5
ok for hand-outs
Doesn't burn even. Starts off very Mild. Dont get into the flavor until the very endd
3 out of 5
I would hand this cigar out without guilt to friends who don't normally smoke cigars.
Right off the truck i noticed the cigars were dry but i tried it anyway, very loose draw and it kept going out. I figured i would let them come up to the right humidity before i rushed to judgement. Final result was a nice smoke for a great price. 5 stars for the price point and 3 stars overall.
5 out of 5
Excellent. I can't wait to crack it open and try one.
4 out of 5
Solid smokes
Fonseca Arana Torpedo cigars are a solid value and a serious smoke. Earth notes that develop nicely as the burn develops. Good cigar, great value!
5 out of 5
Not a bad smoke!
enjoyed these cigars very much, the price caught my eye but I have to say after smoking them I was extreme impressed. Already ordered another batch.
3 out of 5
A good everyday smoke. Excellent
A good everyday smoke. Excellent value. Good draw and even burn. No harsh aftertaste or lingeing bite.
5 out of 5
Great Value Stick
Love these cigars- smooth with great flavor, even burn, and well crafted at a great price.
Customer Testimonials
I ordered these accidentally thinking I was reordering the larger version and I am glad I did. The larger cigars are good, but these have a better taste intensity! The burn is great draw is great and the taste gets better past the halfway mark all the way to the nub. Originally I was just hoping for a decent "yard gar" I could have everyday without breaking the bank and these Arana series have a lot more than I expected. I prefer earthy, spicy, woodsy, sweet flavors to leather or coffee or chocolate, so these are a delightful cigar to my tastes. Construction is great too. I have yet to find a problem with them. Highly recommend if you like an affordable mild to medium cigar with solid flavor from start to finish.
Nice cigar for the price. I'd describe this as a medium-mild cigar. Well made, easy draw. Good value for the price.
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.
Earth and pepper taste. A best buy cigar. Tastes like Oktoberfest, but cheaper.
Medium-Full bodied pepper, cream, leather; an excellent cigar. :)
Wow! A great tasting cigar from beginning to end. It has a wonderful taste and aroma. Enjoyable to the burnt fingertips.
UPDATE: 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.
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.
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!
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!
Quality of these cigars has seriously declined in the last 2 months. Burn hot, muddy flavor. Unacceptable and a great disappointment.
Fantastic Cigar at a fantastic price,I can not get enough .Just re ordered again. Tnx C I
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.
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!
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.
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..........
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.
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.
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.
Was not impressed at first, but the more you smoke it the better it gets. I find it to be a mild cigar.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fonseca Arana, an extremely pleasant and flavorful cigar. Definitely more flavor than your run-of-the-mill Fonseca 5-50. Ground-breaking? No, 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. Thanks, CI!
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
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!
Just got a box of Fonseca Robusto. Smoked one out of the box, it wasn't anything to write home about. Burn was a bit off... Waited a few weeks for the rest to age a little in the humidor. Fired one up last night, and it was a lot better. I really like the smooth taste of these cigars. They are def medium bodied, if not lighter. I would highly recommend these to novice smokers. The nice oily wrappers and decent construction was good value for the price. The taste is a blend of espresso, lite pepper, and a bit of vanilla. Overall i do like these cigars, which makes great everyday smoke.
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
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.

Fonseca Arana


A few people have already asked me my thoughts on Fonseca Arana. But up until now, the thought of burning one hasn't even crossed my mind.  I’m not knocking it, but I like fuller-bodied cigars....and the mellow, Dominican Fonseca brand doesn’t even make its way onto my radar. And to boot, it’s a cheap, bundled cigar. But I’m a man of the people, so I grab a 5-er of these cheapies off the shelf in the store & get to work.

Whoa, OK, hold the presses! I realize I may be eating crow on this one now because as I pull out this lovely toro from the bundle I immediately notice it’s got a toothy, chestnut brown Habana wrapper. It’s a little veiny, but overall very well made for a bundled cigar – and the real kicker – It’s got a beautifully made triple cap. I’m instantly intrigued so I immediately clip the cap & fire up this beauty. Instantly I’m greeted with a mellow, very flavorful taste with hints of cinnamon. I think I’m going to have to invest in a bundle or two of these for myself to investigate further.

Just as I began to get over the surprise of this cigar being so good a regular customer of our Downtown store came in. Carl S. Like me, this guy is all about great cigars, and he’s usually willing to pay a little more for quality, well aged tobacco to get an above-average cigar. After a little small talk his attentions quickly turn to the Fonseca that he sees me enjoying so much. “How much do they cost?” He asks. I tell him that by the bundle they’re affordable at $1.50 per stick. He immediately brought up a bundle & without even asking another question I rang him up, he fired one up, I heard a big “Mmmmmm, that’s good” emit from his cigar-filled mouth & he walked out the door happier than when he came in.

All of a sudden I realize that I’ve enjoyed over the first half of the cigar without even knowing that I’ve smoked that much of it. I quickly backtrack & do a little research to find that the tobaccos that comprise this $1.99 cigar are fit for much more expensive cigars. Under the toothy Habana wrapper is a binder of wrapper quality – a Criollo ’98 leaf (so it’s just like having 2 wrappers on this cigar!) I’m liking this more & more. I’m well into the 2nd third of this cigar & I’m enjoying its slightly spicy taste that is leathery and complex. A taste that I expect out of a much more expensive cigar – not from this $1.99 bundle stick that I was reluctant to even fire up just a half hour ago. And speaking of time, I’m almost finished up with this new Fonseca Arana Toro & I have nothing else but praise for this new offering from Manuel Quesada. I’m literally sinking my teeth into each and every creamy puff of chewy, spicy, dense smoke that’s full of smooth cedar and sweet tobacco.

One thing I know for sure – I’m going to be stocking up on the treats because the Northeast is starting to show signs of spring & after the torrential rains and floods that are scheduled for the rest of the week I’ll be getting my grill out of dry storage any day now & once that happens I’m going to need lots & lots of cigars.