Ashton VSG Belicoso #1

Ashton Virgin Sun Grown Or simply “VSG” is one of those ultra premium non cuban cigars blended exclusively for Ashton by Carlos Fuente Jr. As Ashton cigars website “using 4 to 5 year old aged Dominican tobacco taken from the finest and most fertile plants. The distinct flavor of VSG comes from its wrapper grown on a private estate in Ecuador owned by the Oliva family where this proprietary wrapper leaf is grown for the Fuente Family exclusively for Ashton VSG”. The VSG is well known as full body smoke and flavorful. I’ve been smoking them for two + years now and here is what I found:

Size: 5 1/4″ x 52
Wrapper: Ecuador
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic

Initial thoughts:

Beautifully made box pressed Belicoso that is well packed and the body is solid.  The wrapper is very dark, oily and veinless. The pre light draw is effortless delivers cool woody cocoay flavors. the burn was amost razor sharpe and the light gray ash  holds very well.

1st third:

Initial puffs were smooth but flavorful contains rich espresso and cocoa coated with sweet pepper.  Half an inch down it shows the strength it has with medium to full body and shots of leather with an old wood in the flavor side. The sweetness caramelized by the end of this third.

2nd third:

With espresso in the core the flavors still stable at the beginning of this third. With medium to full strength here at the half way point the flavors are getting richer with more caramel, wood, espresso, cocoa and leather and just balanced amount of pepper and hint of earth. By the end of this third the pepper attacks and the wood became more into sweet cedar how ever the smoke still smooth and creamy.

Final thoughts:

 The strength here on the peak as full, with new flavors coming like orange peels and hint of mushroom!! No much of change here at the end, just hint of sweet maduro appears to complement the flavors profile.

Final thoughts:

This is a real good cigar and I mean it, Very complex, flavorful and well made too. After smoking many now I know that they really need to be aged before smoking “minimum 6 months” to get the peak of the complexity. Some time I wish all the cigars were VSG.



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