Ashton Cabinet Selection                                   Binder:  Dominican

Cigar:  Belicoso                                                    Origin:  Dominican Republic       

Wrapper:  Connecticut Shade                               Strength:  Medium

Filler:  Dominican                                                    

Ashton Cabinet Selection CigarsAshton Cabinet Selection is a Vintage Limited Edition and was created in 1985 with much success.  Called the “White Burgundy” of cigars, Ashton Cabinet Selection has a rich and complex taste that comes from Dominican fillers aged 4-5 years.  The magnificent Connecticut Shade wrapper is aged an extra year, resulting in a smooth and creamy flavor.  A total of seven years pass from growth to smoke!  They are characteristically creamy, and their flavors and aromas are always consistent.   

Made in the Dominican Republic by Arturo Fuente, Ashton hand made cigars have made a huge impact, and are preferred by cigar smokers of every level worldwide.  Every blend is very different and distinct.  The Ashton Cabinet Selection is known for its aging process and comes in 8 sizes.  Ashton Classic Series offers the broadest range of sizes, coming in 13 varieties.  The Ashton Aged Maduro, available in 7 sizes, is naturally dark and sweet and its smooth flavor comes from a never hurried aging process and proper fermentation.   

The Ashton Virgin Sun Grown (VSG) marked Ashton’s most successful product introduction in cigar history.  Crafted in unrivalled richness and potency, this line set the bar in the new trend of full-bodied premium smokes and is still considered the top full-bodied smoke to date. The Ashton ESG uses a unique Dominican wrapper that has never been used on any other cigar. The Ashton Heritage Puro Sol has its own uniqueness as well, using all 100% sun grown tobaccos for its wrapper, binder and filler.  These are all very different smokes, yet all very Ashton in quality, consistency, and smoothness.  Now, let’s take a closer look at the Ashton Cabinet Selection.

These are beautiful cigars!  The Belicoso is 5 ¼ inches with a 52 ring gage.  Its palomino colored Connecticut Shade wrapper is soft and silky and has very little veining.  It appears almost seamless.   All six different tobaccos are well packed, making this beauty firm from head to toe.  Like all Ashton cigars it is extremely well rolled.  It has the classic red, gold, black, and white Ashton label with crown. The construction is perfect.  It lights easily and has a perfect draw.  

At pre-light, the taste is of sweet, light tobacco.  It is creamy when lit, accompanied by a nutty flavor with notes of cedar and grass. You get a tiny bit of spice through the nose. The smoke is chewy and rich.  The 2nd third stays a very creamy coffee flavor.  The final third finishes with quite a bang.   The finish increases with a cayenne peppery taste and oaky notes. There are cigars out there that have a sweeter and spicier profile, but these flavors are beautifully complex and the slight changes in the end are a nice surprise. 

Overall this is a very good vitola.  You can find this stick in our Cigar Store at around $14.00 a stick, this Ashton Cabinet Selection is well worth the price for a special occasion smoke and anytime you would like a break from full flavors.  You can never go wrong with an Ashton.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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