Ashton is one of the most premier luxury cigar brands out there. Founded in 1985 by Robert Levin, the company today is still family-owned and operated and is committed to quality and consumer satisfaction. The Aston VSG (Virgin Sun Grown) comes dressed in a proprietary Ecuadorian sun-grown leaf from high grade Sumatra seeds grown on a private estate. Underneath are Dominican binders and long-fillers that have been aged for four to five years and come from the highest primings. After noticing the great construction, light ‘er up and find medium to full bodied notes of cedar, espresso, and dark chocolate. Not only did our panel love it, but so did Cigar Aficionado who gave it a well deserved 94 and named it as one of the Top 25 of 2013. Enjoy this hearty smoke with a Cuba Libre, a rum and coke with a splash of lime.
Though tobacco is indigenous to Hispaniola, the tobacco industry in the Dominican Republic existed in the shadow of Cuba’s dominance through the 1960s. When the exodus of Cuban cigar makers began in the wake of the revolution, many decided the Dominican Republic would be ideal for the resumption of their livelihoods. Unrest in Nicaragua in the 1980s fueled the Dominican cigar industry further. The country now makes more than half of the premium cigars imported into the U.S.
The Cibao Valley and the nearby city of Santiago are the center of cigar production in the Dominican Republic. Three main varieties are grown here: the mild and native Olor Dominicano; the intense Piloto Cubano, brought from the Vuelta Abajo of Cuba; and San Vicente, a milder and more acidic Piloto hybrid. Dominican puros were once unheard of as it was widely thought impossible to grow quality wrapper leaf on the island, but new growing techniques are now allowing some exceptional puros to be produced.
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