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A wonderful rendering of Cuba's great Fonseca.

Originally, the Fonseca brand was only sold in Cuba, and remains one of today’s most respected brands from the mother land. However, it is also made in the Dominican Republic by Manuel ‘Manolo’ Quesada, a master at his craft with the uncanny ability to create a cigar that rivals (and out performs) those of Cuba. Wrapped in a beautiful, light-colored Connecticut shade wrapper, the Domincan Fonseca combines a superior, well-aged mixture of Dominican long-fillers bound by a tasty Mexican leaf. The result is a smooth and deliciously creamy smoke delivered in an enjoyable, well-balanced fashion.

Fonseca Vintage: an exquisite cigar that employs a Dominican blend of tobaccos that have been aged in Tercio bales for a minimum of 5 years. This aging process allows the tobaccos to retain their natural oils, which in turn promotes a bouquet of smooth natural flavor and aroma. Smooth, creamy and made of the highest quality.
Overall Rating4.39 out of 5 Based on 18 Ratings

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Where are the Foncesca
Great cigar mild good burning cigar!!
5 out of 5
Quality and arrived early!
Quality cigars and arrived in such a timely manner! Will definitely order these again!
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Fonseca 10-10 Review
Smooth taste, good even burn!
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Great Cigar
Not sure why these are not considered some of the best out there. They are consistent and smooth and always have a place in my humidor!
1 out of 5
Formerly a great cigar
Still well constructed, but now harsh-tasting. Too bad - used to be one of my favorite cigars.
2 out of 5
disappointed but not surprised
bought these on a whim, mostly because I like this size of smoke. I had seen multiple reviews on different sites, and these were highly varying. My impression is that the draw and burn reasonably well, but lack any depth of flavor and have a bit of a harsh bite. To be clear, these are not awful, but cannot compare to my favorite RP Decade. Will not buy again.
5 out of 5
Mild, a touch of spice, consistent
4 out of 5
They are a little stronger
They are a little stronger than the fonseca’s I have had for years. This may be due to the new manfacturer
5 out of 5
Great Cigar
I have smoked these on and off for years they are always a great smoke. Very mild, smooth cigar. Some reviews complained that they didn't burn well, the ones I got burned nicely all the way down.
2 out of 5
Inconsistent Flavor
Three out of five are really good smokes. Unfortunately the other two are bitter. Guess its a quality control issue.
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Favorite smoke
Favorite smoke
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Love Fonseca
Fonseca is a very difficult cigar to find. I have been smoking them for almost 15 years. To find them at such an amazing price was a great surprise. You have one very satisfied customer!
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Fonseca 8-9-8 Really Great smoke
If you like a mild cigar but with a lot of flavor then you can't go wrong with the Fonseca 8-9-8. I love the 10-10s also when I have time for a longer smoke.
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I love my Fonseca very
I love my Fonseca very mild
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Best Buy in the catalog
As a relatively new smoker I have tried over 60 mild to medium cigars at all price ranges - most higher priced then these- looking for the right blend of taste and mildness. I have found the Fonsecas to be the best at any price. Easy to light, lots of smoke, easy draw , well constructed and consistent with nofunky aftertaste. Great in the morning or after a meal. My search is over these are excellent cigars at a great price.
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A true treasure
The 8-9-8 is a true treasure. I have found it to be consistently well made and packed with toast and cream flavor stick after stick. When I want a mild smoke, this is my hands down choice.
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Love 'em...
I've only been smoking for 5 years or so, but the 5-50 is one of my favorites. I've tried many different cigars, from mild to full bodied and this is one of the ones I come back to and purchase frequently.
5 out of 5
Best cigar at any price
I have been smoking cigars for 25 years and the Fonseca 5-50 in my opinion is the best cigar out there and I have smoked just about every cigar there is. I think I'll go smoke one right now!
Customer Testimonials
Great cigar as always. Not my go-to premium, but I get a craving for a Fonseca 5-50 every once in a while and they never disappoint.
RE of Knoxville, TN
Mildheads must worship Manolo Quesada, in the same manner us fullheads put the skills of Abdel Fernandez up against any blender alive! The Fonseca 5-50 robusto is an example of Manolo's mastery of the blending art. Mild, but full of flavor, thanks to the five year aged Dominican fillers, a tasty Mexican binder leaf & a pale, shade grown Connecticut wrapper, 5-50 will keep even the most jaded follower of full-bodied cigars attention. It makes a great change of pace smoke or compliments coffee, wine or hard liquor. One of a few mild cigars that I like enough to keep on hand. Ultra consistent, exceptionally well made & affordable enough to earn an 89/100.
The worst cigars I've ever purchased and attempted to smoke. I say attempted because they were in-smokable. This may seem harsh but I'll never get any thing like these again. The main issue I think is the batch was too dry. The wrapper flaked a was falling off. - and I do have a humidor.....The cigars do not burn without constant drawing which was odd as the draw lacked any kind of resistance. A bit like sucking on a drinking straw. I have not managed to smoke one yet. I get about a inch and then it's lights out. To be pulling and pulling in every draw makes for a bitter taste and even that didn't keep it alight.
DV of San Antonio, TX
The 5-50 brings back memories of the "Cigar Boom" days. It is a classic mild bodied smoke of unwavering consistency. Back then, a 5-50 commanded a Princely sum, but was an available alternative to the Punch EMS Rothschilds I was addicted to. The Fonseca blend is far too mild for my personal taste, yet I burn them down to the tiniest nubs, whenever I smoke one. If you like Macanudo, you may like the stick & a half you get for the same price when you choose Fonseca. I'm probably not the best judge of mild, but this one is perfectly constructed, consistently tasty & almost affordable. You can do a lot worse for more.
A real favorite of mine. Mellow but flavorful. Very consistent from smoke to smoke.
EH of Philadelphia, PA
Of all the cigars I smoke regularly, the standard Fonseca series (10-10, 5-50, 8-9-8, etc.) is far and away the most reliable. I've smoked hundreds of them in every size, and I've encountered not a single knot, plug, canoe, or tunnel among the lot of them in 20+ years. Every last one has been flawlessly constructed; every last one has delivered an even burn, an effortless draw, and the smoothest light-bodied mild flavor you'll find this side of a Dunhill or a León Jimenes. The 2-2 Claro in particular (4.25" x 40) is the best companion a double cappuccino ever had.
NI of Jefferson, LA
Here is a cigar that is very consistent every time you light one up. It's a nice mild cigar that's great with coffee. Holds its ash and burns even with construction that's always there.
Fonseca 5-50 is one good smoke-just the right amount of flavour: woodsy and creamy. If you're looking for an everyday cigar, then look no further.
GT of Lillington, NC
This was the very first cigar that I ever smoked. My GF got me a selection of 5 cigars from a local shop to get me to quit smoking cigs..OK. So I didn't kick that awful habit but I'm happy to say that 5 years on I now have over 3500 various cigars resting quietly in 2 huge humidors!! DAMN HER! lol.. This is a great cigar for the money. VERY tasty exceptional construction and draw. I keep buying box after box every year and never have I had a bad one. I honestly hope they never stop making these sticks. I for one am a fan for life. get some. You'll thank yourself that you did!
DM of Herndon, VA
I really liked the 5-50's mild to medium taste. It was smooth, creamy and burned like a champ, no construction issues at all.
TS of Corona, CA
A pleasant cigar! I smoked one from a sampler pack and am impressed with the overall experience. The smoke was not complex, but very consistent and rich throughout. For a lighter cigar, I noticed a nice spice through the sinus and a dominican aftertaste that leaves you enjoying the palate. The draw was easy and the burn was very straight. All other details are's a buy!
NK of Bettendorf, IA
The 5-50 is a wonderfully mild bodied cigar. To me, it whoops on Macunudo any day of the week. A perfect morning smoke.
PN of Yelm,, WA
I sampled a ten pack that I scored on a joe's daily deal,and a deal it was!! This is a fantastic cigar. I ordered forty more.
JC of El Paso, TX
Having never smoked one of these before I really didn't know what to expect. Wow, it was a cigar that I kept it in my mouth until there was nothing left to keep. This is a great cigar, and one that I could smoke all the time if needed. The flavor seem to change all along the cigar as I was smoking it. Never did it become harsh, or the smoke burn in your mouth. Dr. Bill
DM of Taylor, MI
MH of Cumming, GA
The construction of the cap was a mess once I clipped it and not completely, the cigar wanted to unravel on me. But the smoke was enjoyable with woodsy spicy flavors and a pleasant aftertaste that stayed consistent. The filler was nicely packed and gave a well compacted ash after the fact. I enjoyed the cigar, but was slightly bothered by the loss of the cap at the get go. All in all I would suggest if you are going to smoke these be careful of your initial cut.
DF of De Queen, AR
Very fine well build cigar. It's not my favorite but I'm satisfied. Appearance 90, Taste 88, Construction 91, Quality 90.
FD of Gardena, CA
I just finished a Fonseca Vintage 5-50 Robusto which I received a couple of months ago with the Cigar of the Month Club. I had not heard much about this brand and none of my friends were familiar with it either, so I didn't expect all that much. This has just jumped to the top of my list ahead of the Macanudo and 5 Vegas Gold as my favorite mild. Creamy is the best description, and extremely well made. My ash didn't drop until about 2.25 inches in. What a fantastic cigar!
RH of Spokane, WA
WOW! had a chance to meet Mr. Quesada himself this past saturday at an event here....also had the pleasure of trying 2 diffrent sizes of the (Fonseca) Vintage series. again CI reviews were right on the cherry.. great medium body cigar, smooth to the end, now I always see the term "creamy" and this cigar showed me what that meant. Anyway very good cigar by a humble man. Thanks CI
JR of Parkville, MO
I am smoking a (Fonseca) 5-50 right now. Smooooth. What a nice smoke. Thanks for the recommendation.
MG of Fort Collins, CO
Nice cigar, indeed. Fonseca Well made with no flaws. Excellent flavour and about a medium body. I like these....
MC of M Leesburg, VA
Ide just like to say well done CI,i come over from the UK every year & buy from you,Great cigs great prices,as for the Cusano Grey ,what a beautiful smooth mellow smoke ,just get home sit down & enjoy. if you like mild-medium & creamy smooth look no further. well done guys. Steve U.k
SC of Knt, AA
The Fonseca cigars are a lovely, mild-bodied, well-made cigar. They have reasonable taste, but not amazing. A good place to learn about cigars, especially the 5-50. A good cigar for a good price.
WG of Boston, MA
I've NEVER had a bad Fonseca. That being said, my favorite cigar is a Fonseca Vintage, but the regular Fonsecas aren't far behind. By the way, the Vintage is what Manuel Quesada, President of the company smokes himself. That's quite a recommendation. Try one. You will not be disappointed.
JH of Houston, TX
The F Series (Fonseca) is a quality cigar. I received it in the Top Tier 3 Sampler. It turned me on to try more of the Fonseca cigars. I just purchased the Fonseca Sampler. I look forward to smoking them all.
GH of Bordentown, NJ
I have just recieved my sampler pack from cigar international today. The Fonseca stood out among them for a very strange reason. The ring was small and not flamboyent. It was like the little thing was hiding behind its bigger brothers. Needless to say being the big bully I am, I snatched it and lit it up. Kind of hard to light but that is okay as the flavor just hit my tongue and the cigar should have been a cow, cause it is that creamy. wow. Nice white ash. I am a Manduro smoker by habit but man this would be good after a light lunch or a heavy supper. I can see me sippen mixed drinks and smoking this on a beach somewhere.
JC of Louisville, KY
Several months ago I visited my old home town to see my folks and stop in on a few friends. One also enjoyed a good smoke from time to time but couldn't get away from work long enough to join me for a Fonseca Vintage robusto, so at the end of our short chat I reached into my glove box and told him I had a very special cigar for him. Last week when I returned I stopped in on him again, and he couldn't wait to tell me what a delicious cigar it was and how he smoked it till he couldn't. I'll dwell on the experience for days myself. I'm going to have one right now!
RV of Minneapolis, MN
The Fonseca Serie F is a delight to the palate, beautiful in construction, and a must try for those of you looking for a medium cigar with no after taste. I'm looking forward to a Private stash as soon as I get another humidor!!!
DK of Mt. Holly Springs, PA
Fonseca Vintage is one of the finest cigars I have ever tried and a truly wondrous experience! Do yourself a favor and TRY IT!
JH of Folsom, CA
For any who are fans of a strong, flavourful cigar the "Serie F" (Fonseca) is one of those must tries. It is a delicious blend of smooth yet powerful tobacco producing a genuine, full flavor that tantalizes the palate while providing a relaxing and enjoyable smoke. I would recommend this cigar to my friends, so it must be good.
KS of Chicago, IL

Fonseca Vintage

Steve R

By now I think you’ve come to realize that I don’t usually care for lighter bodied cigars. To add to this, I rarely light up a mellow bodied cigar on a regular basis. There are some exceptions, like K. Hansotia’s Symphony, AVO XO, 5 Vegas Gold and the new Perdomo Reserve Champagne. It’s safe to say that it’ll take a damn fine cigar to rank among my favorites...I mean come on, those are some incredible smokes!

Recently I was asked to provide a write-up for the Fonseca Vintage, a shiny Ecuadorian-wrapped Dominican handmade from Manolo Quesada. In case you don’t know, Mr. Quesada is a genius at his craft. He’s the talent behind Romeo y Julieta’s original Dominican blend, and the mastermind behind Fonseca, Cu*Avana and Licenciados. This vintage edition is an extension of Quesada’s highly acclaimed Fonseca line that combines a fine blend of Dominican long-leaf tobaccos that undergo a 5-year aging process with a sultry wrapper leaf that’s buttery smooth. The aroma is plentiful – hints of light cedar, slightly sweet. Naturally, I expect it to be mellow. And mellow it is, but boy does it open up my palate. Right from the get-go, the Vintage hits me with a creaminess that’s so rich, it’s hard to believe it’s a Dominican. There are no bells and whistles to the flavor. No nuts, no spice, no leather. Despite the slightest hint of cedar, the straightforward flavor is the best natural tobacco taste that I have experienced to date. Normally I would find this flavor to be incredibly bland, but because of the rich, creamy way it’s delivered I can hardly put the cigar down. Fortunately, its easy going nature allows me to take in a savory puff every 15-20 seconds. Right down to the nub, the Fonseca Vintage delivers with an ultra-smooth, relaxing smoke that would pair perfectly with a glass of red wine or port. Heck, the flavor even matched my double espresso. Considering Manolo Quesada’s track record, I shouldn’t be surprised by this handmade. Either way, I’d like to thank him for adding another notch to my small belt of tame cigars.