For the past two decades, the cigar industry has been dominated by an arms race to see who can make the spiciest, most intense Nicaraguan cigars. And we're incredibly...
For the past two decades, the cigar industry has been dominated by an arms race to see who can make the spiciest, most intense Nicaraguan cigars. And we're incredibly lucky to get to smoke those Nicaraguan cigars. My Father, La Flor Dominicana, and Drew Estate have delivered hit after hit using this formula.
But mild cigars are having a comeback, and we are definitely in on that.
Upstarts like Warped and Illusione are making their names not with powerhouse sticks, but with mild cigars. At the same time, Ashton's mild cigar offerings never really went away. Connecticut's have always outsold Maduros and Ligero-Heavy blends. Mild cigars have been the silent majority since they started getting edged out of the limelight in the '90s, but now they're coming back to the forefront. And brands like Ashton have always produced flat-out stellar mild cigars that rival anything coming out of Nicaragua for complexity, build and burn quality and consistently great flavors.
In fact, Ashton mild cigars are some of the best cigars in the world.
Ashton Classic cigars are mild, smooth, and Ashton's go-to entry-level cigars. But they are also some of the best mild cigars on the market. That's thanks to Ashton's secret weapon: genuine US-grown Connecticut shade wrappers. You see, most brands other than Ashton use Ecuadorian Connecticut wrappers for a variety of reasons, but Ashton invested in the original shade wrappers to bring a richer, creamier profile to their mild cigars. Combined with premium Dominican long-fillers from Chateau Fuente in the Ashton Classic, the wrapper delivers flavors of coffee, cocoa, cedar, cream, nutmeg, and almonds. The Ashton Classic is as complex as it is smooth, and makes us ask what Ashton could do to one-up these cigars.
Well, Ashton proved they were more than up to the task with Ashton Cabinet Series cigars. These Ashton mild cigars contain the same winning formula as Ashton Classic cigars but with one very important twist. That rare Connecticut wrapper? It's still there on Ashton Cabinet Series cigars, but this time the Connecticut wrapper gets an extra 12 months of aging in Ashton warehouses before being used for the cigars. The more matured Connecticut wrapper ups the strength of the Ashton Cabinet Series cigars and adds rich flavors of browned butter and toast. There's also some white pepper to spice things up. But Ashton Cabinet Series cigars are still very much mild cigars.
Ashton does many things extremely well. But Ashton is one of the very best in the business when it comes to creating ultra-premium mild cigars.