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 […]
Here we have another one of those Cigar Rights of America Special Edition cigars. So far I have not been disappointed. Heck, to be honest, joining CRA is enough for me – the cigar sampler is just icing on the cake (Is there a cigar-related analogy that can be substituted for that? I don’t think […]
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.
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 The spice has mostly left the cigar and has been replaced by an immense earthiness.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.
I just smoked an Ashton cigar a couple of days ago and it was awesome. And here I am, looking around the web and I come across this guy from Canada who has just smoked one.
Usually, I would just read it and go on but what is awesome about Brooks (besides his first name being the same as my middle name) is that he includes a great video where he talks about the cigar. It’s very funny.
Well, here’s a little of what he has to say about the cigar and take a look at his site to see his video. It’s worth the two-and-a-half minutes it takes to watch it.
If you like cigars, you’re gonna love this product. It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a cigar here on the blog. My local cigar shop told me this was the best product they had in the store for the money. At $22.00 CDN, how could I say no when looking at others in the $70+ range, which I simply can’t justify.[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="450" caption="Here is a partially smoked Ashton VSG."][/caption]
This was the Robusto version of the VSG – with a 50 ring size and five and half inches long.
For the money, this has to be the best cigar that I’ve enjoyed yet. It’s as good or better than the Exodus and the La Flor. You’re going to get cocoa and pepper on the palette. It’s not a mild cigar, but it doesn’t have edge either. It’s smooth.