Ashton AGED MADURO Pyramid
Country: Dominican Republic
Length/Ring: 6 x 52
Review by Steve E on March 27, 2011
How do you find your size? Smoke them all? Listen to friends? I have no idea. But when I know its right, its right. And the Pyramid is my cigar. I not a fan of torpedoes or pointed heads. With most blends, the tobacco is packed too tightly at the end. So the question becomes, how much do I snip off? Too much and it unravels. Too little and my cheeks turn inside out. I have a couple tools. One is like an ice pick and the other is like an ice pick but instead of it being pointed at the end, it looks like a drill head...although very small. Either way, you have to line up the tool carefully and you cross your fingers you dont penetrate the outer wrapper by angling it wrong. The other thing is that if the cigar is not humidified correctly, you can crack the whole cigar. Either way, you must spin the point of the tool like a screwdriver while penetrating the end. And then after youve inserted it as much as you are brave enough to do, you must unscrew it going counter clockwise. You just cant pull it out for that will surely crack the cigar. Long story long....my tools are not necessary with the Pyramid. The tobacco is packed perfectly at the pointed end. I give it a 1/4 snip and Im good to go. The draw is impeccable. This cigar is just a wonderfully complex cigar. And if Im in the mood, I will share with friends and mooches. But I insist on snipping it. Or they dont get one. At $10 each, this is not to be trifled with. Not on my dime. Its amazing how every cigar smoker thinks hes an expert. Until he screws something up or cant appreciate the panoply of flavors provided. A good cigar needs to be smoked by people who know how to appreciate it..how to savor it, how to bow down in its presence. The 6 x 52 size basically makes it a toro with a point. But the extraordinary thing is with a torpedo or belicoso is that the design is to enhance the experience by forcing the flavors through a small opening at the end of the cigar. Flavors are more intense than a standard open ended cigar. As I light up, I right away get an injection of spice and nuts. There is also a dark fruit flavor, a little bitter, like the peel of some fruit. After that, I get some woodiness and earthiness. As the cigar progresses, coffee and cocoa enter. Thats due to the fermented and aged maduro wrapper. When a cigar tastes really good, I have the bad habit of smoking it too quickly. And then I get the spins no matter the body profile. Instead of explaining the flavors in order of appearance, Im going to just list them in order of importance: Creamy, spicy, nuts, cocoa, coffee, nuts, sweet tobacco, & cinnamon. The nice thing about the Ashton line, is that it is a very consistent smoke. There are no surprises like a run or a canoe. The burn is always perfect. The construction is always perfect. Its solid and never has any soft spots. Its never bitter or harsh. And it always makes a good presentation. I almost always buy the maduro but if I want to treat myself, I will buy an ESG instead. But that is rare. This is the kind of stick Im never disappointed in. That consistency always brings me back.
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