The cigar for this review was provided by Cigars Direct; As always, all reviews are my own
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sun Grown | Binder: Dominican Republic | Filler: Dominican Republic | Box of 20: $214.95; Five Pack: $54.95 | Robusto | 5″ x 50
0/3: Very good looking cigar with a dark, chocolatey brown wrapper and not very many veins. The cigar feels firmly packed. Oh, yeah, and it smells like manure… literally.
1/3: It may smell like crap but it doesn’t taste like it. Not by a long shot. A strong, somewhat sweet spice leads the way and is backed up with some oak and a dark sweetness akin to red wine.
2/3: Cedar comes on during the second third but that spice still remains. The spice is strong but it’s a well developed flavor that has a few different sides to it.
3/3: The spice’s intensity has dissipated some but the flavor is still there. Perhaps, this dissipation has made it possible for this floral flavor I’m getting to come through. Also, toffee is coming through now; I really like this flavor. It has lost that darkness of flavor but in its place there’s a lightness and clarity to the flavors that’s good change of pace.
4/3: Medium-full bodied with a good draw and burn; this Ashton VSG was a great cigar. Good complexity in flavor and the flavors are very enjoyable. Must try.
4.5 out of 5 points – Lots of good, strong flavors with this cigar