Today we take a look at the Ashton Aged Maduro. The cigar made its debut in 2012. And I have Sheryl King of Stogie Boys to thank for the samples.
Ashton has been around approximately 30 years. The Ashton line is made at the Arturo Fuente factory.
Without adieu, let us begin. The wrapper is a very dark, mottled; almost coal black, that is more of a matte finish that showing off any oiliness. The cigar is not jam packed nor is it a lightweight. As Goldilocks would say, “It’s just right.”
There are a lot of big veins. And there are a lot of small veins. Seams are invisible. The triple caps are works of art in their impeccability.
I clip the cap and find aromas of cocoa, spice, toastiness, earthiness, herbal notes, some nuts (Just 2 please), dried pineapple, and a bit of barnyard.
Time to light up.
The draw is great and then I’m hit with a tsunami of black pepper. There is a nice sweetness that comes from a fruitiness and Courvoisier.
The char line is razor sharp. The strength is medium bodied.
The cigar is about to hit flavor bomb status at any moment.
Here are the flavors: Spice, creaminess, cocoa, raisins, orange peel, and a liqueur like Courvoisier, rich oak, earthiness, and herbal spices.
The cigar is now a bona fide flavor bomb. The Ashton Aged Maduro contains a cornucopia of flavors. Delicious.
The weather is lousy outside and therefore I can’t get a decent photo. My apologies.
The price point. I think this is an incredible price for this level of quality. If I had been given this cigar and told it was a $10-$12 stick, after smoking it; I wouldn’t have flinched.
The second third begins.
My palate is awash in creamy caramel. Loads of it. A toastiness accompanies it.
The cigar is now on uber flavor bomb watch.
I smoked an Ashton Aged Maduro a couple days ago and was blown away by how good it was after only a couple weeks humidor time.
This flavor combination is one of the most perfectly balanced I’ve had in a long time. It’s like putting a Rubik’s cube together. One assembled, each flavor matches perfectly with another. Feng Shui. Or if you don’t want to move your furniture around, a Zen experience.
The char line remains perfect. The strength is touching the hem of medium/full bodied.
The flavors are absolute perfection. Other flavor components are engaged but they are so subtle my palate is not trained enough to identify them.
I only sip water. I don’t want anything to interfere with this marvelous flavor profile.
Here are the flavors once again: Caramel, creaminess, cocoa, orange, Courvoisier, toasty, raisins, spice, oak, herbal spices, and a very rich earthiness.
This is a perfect cigar…for my tastes. I could easily smoke this cigar all day long and not tire of it. I can’t remember such an intense flavored cigar.
The strength remains at high medium bodied.
The black pepper begins to make a comeback as I begin the last third.
The flavor profile of the Ashton Aged Maduro takes another huge leap forward. I can’t believe this. I would love you all, dear readers, to enjoy this with me. We could go, “Ooh” and Ahh” together.
Look, I’m reviewing the Ashton Aged Maduro for Stogie Boys. It would normally bother me that I am fawning all over a sample cigar. But dear readers, you know me. I would never bull shit you. Sample or no sample. This is a spectacular cigar. If I were a rich man, I would have a box of these in my humidor. It is just perfection in every way…both in flavor and construction.
I am going to use my new Cigar Clip and see how that works.
The Ashton Aged Maduro has a Crème Brule factor that is huge. I’ve never smoked a cigar in which caramel is the leading flavor, by a mile. It also reminds me of those doughnuts with a caramel topping. Or a banana split. Whipped cream, caramel, some pineapple, chocolate, and nuts on top.
Sheryl King of Stogie Boys has been generous to my readers by providing a coupon code that gets you 10% off. The coupon code is KATASHTON. It is good for all Ashton products, not just the Aged Maduro.
The cigar finishes way too soon. It was an hour and 15 minute smoke. It never sees a nicotine attack so I could have gone another 30 minutes..easy.
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