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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Ashton Maduro

What are the basic facts about Ashton Maduro cigars?
They have a full, sweet taste and complex aroma. They are made with fine Dominican filler, a Dominican binder, and a Connecticut shade-grown wrapper.

Because the Connecticut broad-leaf tobacco that is used to make the wrapper is available in only limited quantities, the Ashton Maduro is an extremely rare form of cigar.

You describe the flavor as full. Does that mean it is strong?
No. Fullness here refers to complexity, not harshness. Cigar reviews of the past have noted that the Ashton Maduro is a remarkable example of how fullness is different from strength. Fullness is about the pleasure derived from tasting and smelling the cigar. Strength, on the other hand, refers to the power of the cigar’s nicotine content. One of the things that makes this such a truly fine cigar is you don’t get that punch to adrenalin that could ruin a relaxing moment. Instead, you get something that goes down smooth like a neat scotch—or even better, with one—and can be equally appreciated by cigar veterans and neophytes alike.

What specifics can you tell us about the flavor?
When you first light up an Ashton Maduro, the first taste of it is very sweet. As you progress, the flavor transforms into a very rich and nutty flavor. There are also subtle hints of apple, and a finish that many cigar experts have referred to as creamy in cigar guides and reviews.

This shifting of flavors is as smooth as the draw of the smoke, and is never a shock to your palette. It is there thanks to the fermentation and aging of the Connecticut-shade wrapper in Sherry finished, French oak barrels.

Why are the wrappers fermented with such painstaking care?
There is a good reason for this. The aging process used here makes the wrapper exceptionally oily. If you are new to the world of cigars, please understand the importance of this. An oily wrapper, contrary to what you may assume in comparison to other oily things in the world, is a PREMIUM WRAPPER. Dry wrappers do not burn as evenly, nor do they taste as good.

Is the filler in an Ashton Maduro equally premium in quality?
Yes. Not only is it an exceptional quality of tobacco in and of itself, but it is carefully rolled by hand by only the most experienced torcedores at the Fuente factory.

You mentioned the easy draw of the Ashton Maduro. What does this mean?
When the filler is evenly distributed and properly contained within the binder and the wrapper, it is smooth and firm within your grip. It will be tight enough to not fall apart on you, but not so tight that you cannot easily draw smoke from the end. Easy draw, then, more than anything else, comes from impeccable construction

Is this a cigar you should smoke everyday?
If you choose to invest in a premium cigars for daily use, why not? However, most smokers consider the Ashton Maduro to be a cigar for special occasions due to their premium quality and justifiably higher price.

Either way, this blend is well worth the money you spend on quality regardless of the quantity you buy.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Ashton Cigars

Ashton Cigars are one of the world’s most respected premium brands. They are available in five different and distinct bends of cigar leafs and aging periods. Every Ashton cigar undergoes a rigorous set of quality control inspections at the Fuente factory. No other manufacturer has quality control standards as high or as thorough. The resulting lines of Ashton Cigars are consequently some of the most sought after in the world, and the Ashton brand is so famous now that many accessories, like cigar ashtrays that bear the Ashton brand, are rising in popularity as a result.

Ashton Maduro
The strength of the Ashton Maduro can be described as both full and sweet. It comes in a complex Connecticut wrapper. Both the binder and the filler are Dominican in origin.

A long and arduous process of fermentation is needed to create this dark, sweet cigar. Only the oiliest and silkiest Connecticut Shade grown wrappers are used to give the Maduro its distinctive taste. Some customers report tasting a hint of caramel and cedar in the even burn and excellent draw this cigar offers. Many smoke the Maduro with a cup of coffee because of the consistency of flavor that lasts all the way to the end.

Ashton Benchmade
The Benchmade line of Ashton Cigars is a medium strength line that comes in a Nicaraguan wrapper and is made with Nicaraguan filler. The Benchmade line is made in the Pepin factory in Nicaragua, and each cigar is made in the Cuban Sandwich style with medium filler.

These are great smokes for the price.

Ashton Cabinet Selection
The Cabinet Selection line of Ashton cigars is a medium, rich, and complex strength. Wrapped in a Connecticut wrapper, it comes in a Dominican binder and has a Dominican filler. Flavors of peppers and nuts and a touch of cream characterize this carefully-made cigar.

Ashton Classic
The broadest line by Ashton cigars is the Classic line. Both medium and spicy in strength, it comes in a Connecticut wrapper and has a Dominican filler. Niine sizes are available in this hand-rolled line that is renowned throughout the cigar world for its long-lasting, consistent tates. Described by some as having the perfect burn, it is the favorite of many aficionados around the world.

Heritage Puro Sol
This line of Ashton cigars arises out of the blend of two traditions of two legendary cigar families. The Fuentes and the Meerapfels. Its history is a very unique story in and of itself. The name “Puro Sol” means “Pure Sun” in Spanish. It refers to the fact that every bit of the cigar, from the wrapper to the binder to the filler itself—are made of 100% sun grown tobaccos.

This is the first time ever that a Cameroon wrapper has surrounded an Ashton blend. This marriage of Fuente Family blending and African Cameroon wrappers hand-selected by Richard Meerapfel, the Heritage Puro Sol is sure to go down in cigar history.

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