An Online Review Of The Ashton Symmetry CigarsThe Ashton Symmetry cigars are the first under the label in nearly ten years, and the first to use Nicaraguan tobacco. It debuted at the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show and aficionados are just now getting a chance to sample it. The initial feedback is overwhelmingly positive, which isn’t a surprise given that it was blended by Carlos Fuente Jr. and produced at the Tabacalera A. Fuente out of the Dominican. It was in the works for around four years, though it was delayed a year after some of the company’s stored tobacco burned up in a warehouse fire. However, the wait was worth it, as the brand makes a triumphant return after a decade of hibernation.

The stick has an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, a Dominican binder and fillers from the Dominican and Nicaragua. The Ashton Symmetry cigars are available in five vitolas, including Robusto (5 x 50), Belicoso (5 1/4 x 52), “Prism” (5 5/8 x 46), “Sublime” (6 x 52) and “Prestige” (6 3/4 x 49). It’s the color of light coffee and has a few visible veins, though the seams are well hidden. The band is a colorful, with golds, reds, blues, green and white designs lacing around it. It also features the name of the blend in stamped gold type. The cold draw introduces a mix of flavors, including nutmeg, sweet cedar, cream and a kick of white pepper.

During the initial third of the cigar, the cold draw characteristics are present, for the most part. The nutmeg and cream are the strongest, with the cream taking on a toasted flavor as well. It almost makes it taste like a roasted marshmallow. The white pepper is also present, though only on the finish, and there is a leather flavor underlying everything. Although the sweet cedar does not make it over from the cold draw, there are some earth notes to make up for it.

In the middle third of the Ashton Symmetry cigars, the flavors get mixed around quite a bit. The toasted cream is still present while the nutmeg has dropped out. In its place is a combination of butter and boysenberry that surprised some reviewers. Past the halfway mark, the flavors are mostly the same, though there is now a faint taste of cocoa and the pepper is kicked up a notch.

The final third of the stick keeps the same flavors going. This includes the butter, leather, cocoa, cream and white pepper. The sweet cedar also finally makes it to the party, though it is short-lived. The stogie ends off with this combination of flavors and finishes smooth.

It’s a medium bodied smoke and offers enough interesting flavors to give both novices and experienced aficionados an enjoyable time. The burn and draw both play nice as well, allowing the flavors to shine. 

With a stick this good, let’s hope Ashton doesn’t wait another ten years to make the next one.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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