Line: Estate Sun Grown
Vitola: 20 Year Salute (6.75 x 49)
Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Binder: Dominican Republic
Price: $20 Each
According to Ashton Cigar’s website, the Estate Sun Grown was developed to celebrate their 20 years in the business, and is constructed with “a unique Dominican wrapper grown on the Chateau de la Fuente farm in the Dominican Republic.” I’ve never had a chance to sample one of these, as it’s out of my usual price range, but my lovely bride purchased one for me as a birthday gift, so I mixed myself up a mint julep and smoked this one on a lovely, cool summer evening.
Construction: This is just a lovely looking cigar. I had no visible spots or soft spots in mine. It’s a nice, veiny brown. The wrapper is a little bit on the delicate side, but otherwise I had no issues with the construction.
Burn: The burn was wonderfully even, with an easy draw that produced lots of smoke. The ash was a light grey that was slightly flaky, but maintained its shape for a long while.
Flavor: The overwhelming characteristic of this cigar was smooth. The initial taste was nice and sweet, with hints of leather and cinnamon, mellowing out with a nice bit of pepper and a sweet cinnamon cocoa flavor. The leather undertones remained, adding a nice base to the whole flavor. The pepper and leather notes remained through the second third of the cigar, with little hints of cocoa and mint making their way in and out. As the cigar transitioned into the end, the sweetness came to the fore, with strong notes of cinnamon, with some lighter spices while the leather flavor diminished for awhile. The cigar finished nice and strongly, with the leather coming back into the front with the cocoa and cinnamon flavors hanging around in the background. I only reluctantly put the cigar down so that I could avoid burning my fingers.
Verdict: The Ashton ESG has leaped up near the top of my favorite cigar list. There were lots of wonderful flavors playing in and out throughout the smoke, making for a nice, complex experience. Best of all, the smoke remained smooth, even at the finish. I will definitely ask my wife for another one for Christmas!
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