Ashton CABINET SERIES No.10
Review by Geoffrey Gold on March 26, 2011
Now this is a monster. Not an A monster, but close. At 7-1/2 x 52, its a logging camp. I get off work around 3 PM every day. We eat early because its just my wife and I and we are in our 60s. So dinner at 5 is commonplace. With an almost perfect Connecticut wrapper, the quality of the rollers is massively apparent, with a firm but not overly hard texture, without a nice solid feel but with a few veins present. Every cigar is like this. Consistency is what make this such a popular and respected cigar. The scent from the wrapper is giving me a sweet tobacco aroma with a tinge of spice in the background. I always appreciate the spice..big or small. It gives the cigar character. After dinner, I go downstairs to my man cave. We live in Minnesota and winters are hard. My man cave is finished and beautiful. Its like an apartment downstairs. I sit in my reclining chair, carefully pick out which cutter I want to use tonight and carefully take just the very top off, leaving no tobacco in the cap. My favorite lighter is my Blazer. I like the intense torch for being able to pinpoint the flame. And with this baby, it takes a little time to toast the foot. But its worth it. My first impression is a deep toasty notes of clove with a creaminess thats divine. The first burst is followed by a nuttier and smokier finish. There is a balance between the salty and bitter locales of my palate. This cigar has a saltiness thats very unusual. Makes me think of big ol pretzel sticks. I pick something on the TV, usually a movie. We have all the movie channels because Im a buff. In a previous life, I was in the movie business. I dont care for all of the trashy TV shows. They annoy me. I dont like to burnish the taste of the cigar with a flavored liquid. I always grab a nice chilled bottle of water from the fridge next to my chair. The water keeps my palate cleansed. I dont want my Ashton to taste like beer or a Coke. This stick lasts me all evening long. More than two and a half hours. I like the big cigar because it takes longer for the flavor profile to develop and therefore becomes so much more complex than a shorter stick. The last half is my favorite. Its like an old fashioned egg cream which has neither egg or cream in it. These were very popular in the 1950s, especially on the East coast. The creaminess has a long finish. I try not to drink any water at this point so as not to disturb the flavor..but sometimes I relent as my throat and mouth get dry. At $14 a stick, this aint nothing to be trifled with but Ive worked hard all my life and I deserve a treat after dinner. I am selfish. I do not share these except with the best of best of friends. On occasion, I get a mooch who tries to talk me out of one, and I say, Sure...that will be $20.
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