I am a cigar hoarder. Primarily this means that I will buy or acquire a valued stick and then not smoke it. I do the same thing with clothing. I have a closet of clothing which I rarely wear which is brand new or hardly ever used. Shirts mostly but pants too. Makes no sense I know.
As a gift to myself for Fathers day I decided to smoke the Ashton ESG 22-year-old sun grown torpedo which my wife bought for me 2 plus years ago. I surprised myself and decided to be less frugal in my smoking enjoyment.
From the Ashton website:
Ashton Estate Sun Grown
Distinct among only a handful of true Dominican puros, Ashton Estate Sun Grown emerged to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Ashton Cigars. Rare, high-grade Dominican sun grown wrappers identify spice with an allegiance to sweet cayenne pepper. Graham cracker and cracked black pepper correspond and prosper. The finish is rich and creamy and rolls over every edge of your palate with buttery sensations. Ashton Estate Sun Grown proffers seduction as the only means to certify a special occasion.
Brand/Name of Cigar: Ashton ESG Sun Grown 22 years
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Size: 6 x 52
Wrapper: Dominican Republic/Habano
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Price: MSRP app. $20.00
Where and When Smoked: Los Angeles, Ca. June 17, 2018 Fathers Day
Appearance/Construction: A beautiful design of a box pressed, light brown color with a severe looking torpedo head. You can take your eye out if your hold it too close. A tightly packed body that strikes of royalty and a cigar band that is high art. Just want to look at the cigar and not smoke it.
Flavor/Taste and Aroma: Act 1/ Opening scene. Very classy smooth start with the right blend of pepper, nuts and cocoa. Like a very good actor who delivers their lines effortlessly, the smoke is already making you think Oscar.
First third or Act 2: Critics will just marvel how all the parts work in tandem to make the cigar appealing. It teases you with the taste of a winner that will scream, I want more.
Second third or Act 3: You might start crying or be willing to sell your body to keep the cigar working it’s magic. You are afraid the flavor will eventually stop as the pepper becomes stronger yet smoother too.
Final third or the climax: The analogy of a great movie and a great cigar might be somewhat over the top but this is what I am getting. Maybe the cigar will never end or just take it in and let nature takes it course.
Smoking Characteristics: The burn is cool, stays lit but it does have a slight uneven burn line after an hour. I think it is my fault , cannot blame the cigar for my shortcomings.
Conclusion/Overall Impression: As many as said before, this is one of the best smokes you will ever have. Spend time and just enjoy. If you have the cash or even if you don’t, save your pennies and keep buying.
Final Thoughts and the Numbers: The cigar lasted about 1.5 hours , making my Father’s Day a special event. Some high-priced cigars never deliver but the Ashton ESG 22 years old Sun Grown has very few peers in this class.
Appearance/Construction: 4.8 out of 5
Flavor/Taste and Aroma: 4.8 out of 5
Smoking Characteristics: 4.5 out of 5
Conclusion/Overall Impression: 4.7 out of 5
Special occasions for sure, daily occasions if you can.