Ashton makes some of the best cigars in the world, and that includes the Cuban sought after ones. Ashton's premium lines: VSG, Cabinet Selection and this ESG series leave most Cuban cigars in the dust.
I am a big fan of the VSG series and have smoked many of them in the last year. This is my first of the ESG series.
It is a hansom cigar and it carries a rare Dominican sun grown wrapper that grows solely on the Fuente estate.
I'm half tempted to put this back in the humidor as it is the only one of these i have and should actually save it for my son's 50th birthday, or something really wonderful.
But heck.... I deserve it now.
What they said: Every review of this cigar gave it five stars, so to speak. Not a dislike in the lot and nothing but praise. Notes of leather, spices, nuts, earth and wood are perfectly balanced and delivered in remarkably smooth fashion.
What I say: Construction is among the best I have seen, as I would expect for a $25.00 cigar. No flaws in the wrapper leaf and a good solid feel throughout.
Toasting the foot left a cigar smell in the room. Not the usual barnyard, burning pile of newspapers, cardboard, old socks smells one associates with toasting. Just a cigar smell.
First puff was a delight. No harshness at all. Smooth and creamy throughout the hold and release. My nose filled with smoke and I enjoyed the sensation.
What they said above is what I was experiencing. Leather, wood, earth, nuts and spice were all there and I could pick out each individual flavor, a rarity for me.
If I had five thumbs, they would all be pointing up. This is the finest cigar I have had to date. And yes, I am sorry I did not save it for my son's 50th birthday. I probably would have given it to him to smoke and not gotten to enjoy it myself so I don't feel too guilty.
What would I pay? $25.00 in a cigar store. Spot on.
Once again I am getting Golden Hooves ready for our annual trip to the Kinsey Institute Show and following work with the model I bring along in the canyons that border Indiana and Illinois.
Golden Hooves is feeling her age but she has demanded she be allowed to go and transport us in her usual charming way. Currently she sports 354,231 miles on her. She has a relatively new set of shoes and I managed to finally cut the left front axle out of her that had been rattling so bad. She recovered nicely from that surgery and seems fit for another trip. I do not know what the long term affects will be with one three axles, but she handles well as always with just the three. The front ones have not been useful for a couple of years since the 4 wheel drive went out, so they are mostly cosmetic anyway. Sort of like having the second to the little toe removed on your foot when you turn 85 years old. Nobody but you will notice.