Ashton Aged Maduro #20
Size: 5.5 x 44
Tobacco: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
This cigar was recommended to me for a try by one of my favorite cigar guys at a local brick & mortar. The cigar is well constructed with no noticeable soft spots and a good looking wrapper with minimal flaws. The wrapper puts out scents of dark chocolate and cedar and the foot has similar scents as well as leather. The prelight draw had mainly notes of cedar and leather which combined for an earthy nuttiness.
Lighting it up, the first third had the cedar and nuttiness with some spice undertones. The cigar burned with a cool grey blue smoke and produced a decently thick amount of light grey smoke in large quantities. About a half inch into the smoke coffee emerged and slowly came into the forefront. In the second third coffee and dark chocolate were the dominant flavors with some nuttiness. This was my favorite part of the cigar, it was very smooth and all the flavors complimented each other in a seamless bouquet. In the final third, chocolate was the first to go and earthiness comes in. The spice comes in a little stronger and the coffee fades to the background. The finish is mainly earth and leather and gets a little bitter. Throughout the whole cigar the spice weaves its way in and out of the background. It was a good cigar, but the finish was a little disappointing.
I paired this with the Dalmore Gran Reserva scotch. This was a near perfect match for this particular cigar. The Gran Reserva has some similar undertone flavors as the cigar, and has other different flavors that compliment extremely well. Itís aged in traditional oak casks (as every scotch must be), but is aged even longer in a sherry cask giving it a distinct taste. At one point, I tried it with some Guinness and it took my palate about ten minutes to recover, that was not a good decision. Coffee would have gone very well with this for obvious reasons.
Final Verdict: This is a good mediumed bodied, smooth smoke and a decent value. It was an enjoyable cigar with a somewhat disappointing finish. I would smoke it again but it probably wonít be in my normal rotation. I give this cigar an 8.7
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