Ashton VSG Robusto – Cigar Review

Cigar Stats:

Length: 5.5′
Ring Gauge: 50
Approximate Price: $11.75
Wrapper: Dominican, Sumatra

Ever since I started smoking cigars I have heard great things about Ashton. These are supposed to be some of the strongest, most robust cigars on the market. They aren’t for children. OK, no cigars are for children, spoil sports.

Ashton cigars are made by the Fuentes, so they probably are very good cigars. The VSG, in this case, means “virgin sun grown.”

The look of this cigar is just wonderful. Very dark robusto, perfectly constructed, absolutely no problems with the look or feel of the cigar. Tons of oil to the touch. Should be a good cigar – I hope.

Nuevo Flame!

Silky smooth cigar. Wow! There is some spice supporting the dominant cream flavor. I saw someone else say there was a peat taste to this cigar, can’t substantiate that claim here. There is a hickory taste to it though. And I’ve got to say that this is just an exquisite cigar.

Man, it seems like the cigar is just getting darker. The draw is great but it isn’t burning perfectly evenly. About an inch in it gets a little harsh but that quickly disappears. Maybe I was puffing on it too much. Bad Travis!

Even though everyone says this is an explosive, full bodied cigar I just don’t see it. It’s medium-full bodied with a slant to being full bodied, maybe. But it’s not blowing the brains out of my head. But the lack of strength doesn’t bother me all that much because this is a very complex and well balanced cigar.

An example of this complexity is how the cream has morphed into vanilla at this point. The spice has mostly left the cigar and has been replaced by an immense earthiness.

It is a very interesting cigar. Some of you will love it while others will think it is just a decent, good cigar. What do I think? That’s a tough one. There are some problems with it that cannot be denied.

If this had been a stronger cigar that would have been better for all of us. Likewise, if there had been more spice, the type of spice that punches you in the gut, that would have been great. Even with all that it is still an enjoyable, albeit somewhat mundane, smoke. This wasn’t a great cigar, but it was very good.

89 points

Graycliff 1666 Presidente – Cigar Review

When I looked at this cigar I noticed some problems. The coloring was spotty and there was a whole in the wrapper. So you can understand why I was pleasantly surprised when I found that I was really liking this cigar.

The Graycliff 1666 Presidente is a well balanced, sweet cigar. It is medium bodied and is really a joy to smoke. That is it was a good smoke until I ran into some unexpected problems. Everything considered I still think it is a good cigar and should be given a chance; especially if you like medium-bodied cigars.

Man O’ War Torpedo – Cigar Review

Travis smoked a Man O’ War for the first time. Right off the bat it looks like it should be a great cigar. The band has a menacing Spartan-looking mask with two short swords. It is a maduro figurado and has been touted as being very strong. But is it?

It is a decent cigar but has some problems with it. While it is an interesting smoke right now it should probably be left in the humidor for a little while so that the flavors can better mesh with each other. As it stands right now this cigar isn’t a great cigar (90-95 points) but it is a good cigar with some upside.