Ashton AGED MADURO No.50
Country: Dominican Republic
Length/Ring: 7 x 48
Review by Tom J on March 27, 2011
I only buy Churchills. Once in a while, I will smoke a smaller cigar if Im on a schedule. But I can make the time for this big cigar. I live on the East Coast and have a basement set up so I can smoke my cigars unfettered. I discovered Ashton about 5 years ago when a friend gifted it to me. It was the Classic. I was knocked out by its flavors. So I tried all of them and landed on the maduro as my favorite. I also tried all of the sizes. And settled on the Churchill. This is a leisurely smoke. I can milk it for 2 hours. I can put it down to deal with something and come back and its still lit. Ive also never had a single run on any Ashton. They burn just perfectly. I love the coffee, leather, nuttiness, and spiciness. I love the way that these flavors sprawl throughout the course of the smoke. There is also a peppery profile that comes and goes. As I get close to the halfway mark, it gets smoother and more complex. Its also when the creaminess enters. Its accompanied by coffee and dark chocolate. This smoke is very gentle. It has a complex profile that comes from fermenting and the aging of the Connecticut Shade wrapper. The cigar actually has 7 years of aging before it hits the stores. Within the same box, the colors varies from an oily brown to a soft tan color. The Maduro flavors develop more character and richness while getting smoother and smoother . The subtley of all the flavors include wood, nuts, cocoa, coffee, pepper, a citrusy orange type flavor, leather, cedar, and lots of creaminess.
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