Brand: Ashton Country: Dominican Republic
Size: Illusion 6 1/2 x 44 Wrapper: Habano
Price: $9.80 (Buy)
The Label Factor:
Ashton has some of the classiest and most consistent cigar labels in the industry. With the Virgin Sun Grown, they do not disappoint. This label does the two things all good labels should do; draw your attention and let you know what the cigar is. If this cigar ever walks past you on the street, you will surely take notice. You may also want to cut back on the drugs. Cigars are not meant to walk down streets.
What We Liked:
Here’s how it went down: 1. I took the cigar out of the humidor. 2. I put the VSG to my nose and was treated to an aroma of sweet, creamy tobacco. 3. I got excited. I’m not making those things up for the sake of an entertaining review. I promise I did those things. Now, in addition to the delicious aroma, the wrapper looked gorgeous — dark brown with only slight veins and nearly no imperfections. I say nearly because my VSG had one minor tear in the leaf, but I believe that to be a result of handling at the B&M where I purchased the stick, as there were only two remaining and I was buying them both. That said, the very minor tear had no impact on the burn or smoking experience.
From the beginning, the Ashton VSG hits you with the creaminess and never lets up. I found myself picking up notes of coffee, earth, and sweet tobacco. The flavors never overpower but are simple and delicious. More than anything else, you will find the Ashton VSG to be fantastically smooth. My favorite cigars are the ones with these characteristics. Not surprisingly, this is now one of my favorite cigars.
I mentioned above that I was buying the last two Ashton VSG’s at my local B&M. I bought two because my dad was visiting my son (his new grandson) for the first time and we were celebrating. He and I don’t typically have the same taste in cigars but on the VSG we agreed; this was a special cigar.
What We Didn’t Like:
Standing on its own, the Ashton VSG is fantastic. It’s difficult to find things wrong with it and the only way I can be critical of this cigar is to draw comparisons to its more expensive brother; the ESG.
Having recently smoked and reviewed the Ashton ESG, it was easy to compare with the VSG. While the VSG holds up very well, it can’t quite fill the void left by it’s more flavorful and powerful older brother. It simply doesn’t have the same complexity of flavor to be found in the ESG.
The Ashton VSG is often mentioned as a full-bodied smoke but I did not find that to be the case. Towards the end it becomes more powerful, but this is a solid, medium-bodied cigar. If you are a hardcore full-bodied smoker, you may not be satisfied with the Ashton Virgin Sun Grown.
Should You Try/Buy It:
Definitely. Only when comparing to the more expensive Ashton ESG do you start to find things to complain about. Thing is, the VSG is half the price. If you are looking to spend $10-$12 on a cigar, there are only a few cigars that I would recommend buying and the Ashton VSG is at the top of that list.
Interested in trying the Ashton VSG? You can purchase it here.