Cigar Review: Ashton Classic

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Size: 6×56, Majesty

Wrapper: Connecticut

Binder: Dominican

Filler: Dominican

Strength: Medium

Price: Box of 25, $243.00

Score: 9.0

Ashton Cigars came about in 1985, when Robert Levin sought out the expertise of the Fuente Family. Together, they have created one of the most highly sought after premium cigars. The Ashton line has grown over the years but they have still maintained a very small variety, focusing on a few done excellently, rather than a plethora done moderately. You can view a great slide show on the making of an Ashton, from crop to box, here.

Today, I am toasting the Ashton Classic, which I received in a swap with a brother at the Cigar Asylum. The Classic utilizes Dominican tobacco aged 3-4 years with a Connecticut shade wrapper grown in the United States and is available in 16 sizes. Billed as a rich and smooth premium, this Majesty is asking to be toasted.

Pre-light, 1.9:
This Classic is silky smooth. There are minimal veins, a flawless triple cap, and a well rounded foot. The Majesty has a great weight to it with no soft spots. The subtle, yet distinguished Ashton label, of white, black, and gold, compliments the smooth exterior very well. The cold draw is a little tight, which is likely due to the dense packing. The aroma and cold draw match up, with sweet barnyard and some sharp spice.

Burn, 1.9:
The medium draw on the Classic didn’t affect the smoke at all. The slight resistance created a nice, slow burn and the dense packing yielded a flawless ash—a solid sheet of light gray ash. The burn remained razor sharp throughout the smoke, and though the smoke clouds were a bit airy and small, the burn on the Classic was superb.

Flavor, 2.7:
On flavor, the Ashton held up fairly well. The first inch offered some great spice, reminding me of gingersnaps, which was great on a wintery day with Christmas around the corner. The spiciness faded into a nice, creaminess and nuttiness, with some hints of nutmeg. However, this category takes a hit due to a bit of harshness that arrived in the second third and stuck around for way too long. The final third brought a touch of strength to the party and brought along some spiciness with it. All in all, this is a pretty flavorful cigar for a Medium bodied Connecticut.

Overall, 2.5:
At around $10 a stick, this is not a go to for me. Maybe at $5 I would pick up the Ashton Classic fairly often, but I’d prefer to spend my money on other smokes. I will say that the gingersnap and nutmeg flavors, along with the perfect burn and smooth appearance, makes this a very interesting smoke and one that everyone should give a try. But, for $10 a stick, or $243 per box, this one didn’t do enough for me—the amount of harshness that arrived on a well aged cigar at a mid-premium price caused a deduction in the overall category.

(Total: 9.0)

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