Ashton ESG 22 Year Salute Review!

Version:
Torpedo
Price:
$20.00

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On August 3, 2012
Last modified:May 11, 2013

Summary:

If you have the means or motivation to pull the trigger on a $20 cigar, then you owe it to yourself to give this a try. The Ashton ESG is easily one of the best cigars we have smoked, if not THE best. The only thing left to do at this point is pump out some more kids so we can justify buying more.

Brand:  Ashton                Country: Dominican Republic
   Size:  Torpedo 6×52    Wrapper: Habano
 Price:  $20.00 (Buy)

The Label Factor:

Ashton knows how to make labels worthy of their cigars.  With the ESG, as with many Ashton cigars, the label is gorgeous.  The front of the label has the Ashton logo with vibrant pink flowers while the sides depict a quaint village with crystal blue water.  This is easily on par with the Opus X line in terms of label design and execution.  At $20 a pop, it makes sense that the cigar is wrapped in a work of art.

What We Liked:

There is a certain expectation that comes with a high end cigar purchase.  It doesn’t help that we love the “lower end” cigars by Ashton, like the Aroma De Cuba Mi Amor and San Cristobal, and therefore couldn’t wait to get our lips on this cigar.  Luckily, a wife giving birth to a badass baby boy gave us the perfect excuse to smoke a cigar that costs 1/5 of a hundred dollars.  It sounds more extravagant when priced in relation to $100.  But we had a baby! So compared to the cost of diapers, college, and baby cigars, smoking the ESG doesn’t seem so outrageous.

Right as we lit these up and took the first puffs, we looked at each other with a gleam in our eyes and smiles on our faces.  We knew we were in for a treat. The creaminess hits the palate immediately and never goes away.

This is by no means a one trick pony, however.  Throughout the cigar, we were treated to delicious notes of coffee, earth, spice and at one point, we found that the cigar had a hint of smokiness to it, in the way a marshmallow does when held over a fire.  The spice is never overpowering and only serves to compliment the experience, rather than overpower it.  If you don’t want to smoke this cigar right now, something may be wrong with you.  Remember the part about the toasted marshmallow?

What We Didn’t Like:

This isn’t going to be easy.  This cigar is a home run from start to finish.  The only complaint is that this jerk costs $20.00  We don’t like knowing that smoking these consistently is currently a pipe-dream.

Should You Buy/Try It:

Obviously, the barrier to entry here is steep.  If you have the means or motivation to pull the trigger on a $20 cigar, then you owe it to yourself to give this a try.  The Ashton ESG is easily one of the best cigars we have smoked, if not THE best.  The only thing left to do at this point is pump out some more kids so we can justify buying more.

Interested in trying the Ashton ESG? You can purchase it here.

Overall: ★★★★★