Cigar Review: Ashton VSG
Today’s review comes from Tiger Woo and is of the Ashton VSG Belicoso #1. According to the Ashton website the VSG is blended exclusively for Ashton by Carlos Fuente Jr. using 4 to 5 year old aged Dominican tobacco taken from the finest and most fertile plants. The distinct flavor of VSG comes from its wrapper grown on a private estate in Ecuador owned by the Oliva family where this proprietary wrapper leaf is grown for the Fuente Family exclusively for Ashton VSG. The leaf is taken from the higher primings and matures slowly by sunlight filtered through the region’s natural cloud covering. The result is the rich intoxicating wrapper which has made the Ashton VSG the most in demand cigar on the market today.
Cigar: Ashton VSG
Origin: Dominican Republic
Size: 5.25 x 52
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Appearance & Construction (19/20): When I think of an Ashton VSG, I’m reminded of the reason I like cigars in the first place. Without getting too philosophical, the Ashton VSG line seems to embody the virtues of a prototypical “good cigar.” Its classic character and beautiful construction all provide an experience that lives up to one’s expectations when they think of “relaxing with a good smoke.” This belicoso is no different. Its beautiful construction is highlighted by its dark, oily wrapper with a rough toothiness. While I usually smoke the Spellbound, this belicoso was a welcomed, shorter smoke.
Flavor & Notes (25/30): Pre-light, the aroma and taste was of classic tobacco notes with a hint of fertilizer. At the foot, floral notes accompanied fruit flavors reminiscent of plum. Upon lighting, I was welcomed by a medley of spice, cinnamon and a hint of clove. As the smoke progressed, these became a cedar sweetness with creamy notes of myrrh. In the last third, there was notable, but certainly not off-putting, bitterness accompanied by notes of raw peanuts. The sweet finish persisted through the end of the smoke, which left a pleasant after-taste.
Burn/Ash/Draw (22/25): The burn was even and slow, leaving a medium gray ash which held through the midpoint before it fell. The draw was indicative of the construction: easy with a slight firmness.
Overall (23/25): Overall, I was happy with the smoke. Its very elegant flavors underscored the classic notes of tobacco which, in my opinion, is the hallmark of the VSG line. A great experience. Its price, though on the high side, is warranted as one is guaranteed a very satisfying smoking experience.