Cigar Review: Ashton Symmetry Sublime

Cigar Review: Ashton Symmetry Sublime

Ashton Cigars
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano)
Binder: Unspecified
Filler: Domican Republic & Nicaragua
Size: 6″ x 52
Strength: mild-medium
Price: $14.00

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Overall Rating: 8.7

It seems like late Ashton has spent most of its time and money on their brands from Don Pepín Garcia (San Cristobal and La Aroma de Cuba), and they’ve not released a new Ashton branded cigar in nearly ten years. When the Ashton Symmetry debuted at the IPCPR in 2014, it quickly became a one of the most eagerly awaited cigars of the year. The Symmetry was a collaboration with the Fuente factory. Ashton fans expecting another ESG may not find what they’re looking for in the Symmetry, but the cigar is still a very good cigar and a nice addition to the Ashton brand.

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Pre-Light: The Ecuadorian wrapper has a light reddish coloring to it, and it is smooth and slightly oily. An ornate bright colored band, that manages to be both fresh and classic at the same time, declares for all the world that this is a premium Ashton cigar.

There is a great graham cracker, cinnamon and sweet cocoa scent to the unlit foot of the cigar. The cold draw on the Symmetry is a little tight, but lets through lots of cinnamon and sugar flavors.

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Burn: The burn can be a bit uneven and needs some careful attention, which is kind of funny considering the name of the cigar is Symmetry. Once the cigar gets going the draw opens up and allows through a lot of flavorful smoke. On one of the cigars for this review the wrapper burst towards the middle of the cigar, but that only occurred on one out of four.

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Flavor: The Symmetry Sublime begins with sweet cinnamon, nutmeg and a hint grains. Entering the second third there a caramel that joins the existing cinnamon and nutmeg. On the retrohale there is mild nutmeg and white pepper. The cinnamon and nutmeg mix with a slight coffee and caramel flavor as the cigar transitions into the final third. In the final third the flavors really begin to develop and change. Cinnamon and nutmeg are still present while coffee, white pepper, cedar and leather all make an appearance. In the final inch or so of the Symmetry there is a white pepper and mild spice that occur. The Symmetry is one of those cigars that will only get better with aging.

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Overall: The Ashton Symmetry is one of those cigars I’ve been looking forward to trying for a while. It is a good mild-medium bodied cigar with a lot of cinnamon and nutmeg flavors. While there is not as much complexity to the cigar as I would like, the flavors are quite pleasing and compliment each other well. The Symmetry is certainly a good addition to the Ashton line, but it’s not the phenomenal cigar that I was expecting. It’s very complicated to rate a cigar like this, because despite being very good it doesn’t quite live up to the hype. There’s a certain youngness to the Symmetry that should improve somewhat with age. For Ashton fan it’s definitely worth adding a box or a five pack to the collection. Personally, I’ve added a five pack to my locker at my local shop and will revisit the cigar over the next few years. If you’re looking for a high end mild-medium bodied cigar to enjoy with an afternoon coffee than the Ashton Symmetry Sublime is an excellent choice. However, those expecting an cigar like the ESG or VSG will find the Ashton Symmetry lacking slightly.

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Pairing: This is a great cigar to enjoy with an afternoon cup of coffee. The Symmetry is also a good choice for pairing with a glass of Merlot or Pinot Noir.

Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)

Some cigars for this review provided by Jorge Ahued of Stogies World Class Cigars in Houston, Texas. No request for review was made. Although the generosity is appreciated, it does not effect the review of this cigar. At ToastedFoot we remain committed to providing impartial cigar reviews.