Saturday, October 15, 2011

Ashton ESG 23-Year Salute

A thoughtful gift from the charming Mrs. Bloom.  There are several cigars by Ashton that I haven't yet reviewed, including the VSG (which is residing in my humidor).  This ESG is a first smoke for me today.  It comes with a hefty price tag, so my expectations are fairly high.  It is a puro that has been blended by master blender, Carlos Fuente Jr.

The pre-light smell gives off a hint of coffee.  Clip.  Toast.  Easy draw and some nice clouds of smoke on the light.  I've chosen to pair up with a nice glass of Boulevard Bully! Porter. 

1/3: Dried leaves and almond.  Mild and smooth smoke in the 1st third.  The ash is quite nice looking.  It is practically seamless and light gray in color.  Good burn line.

2/3: Some cedar is apparent here.  The start of the 2nd third is ultra mild with some nice complexity, but as I get into this third, it kicks itself into medium strength and body.  I'm noticing coffee bean flavor, and at one point, a touch of rum.  The ash is a little flaky at this time.

3/3: Similar flavors in the final third, with the addition of nutmeg.  The cigar is strengthening some too.  Nice, crisp finish.

Size: 6-1/4 x 52
Wrapper: Dominican (grown on the Chateau de la Fuente farm - exclusive to this cigar)
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican

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