Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Torpedo
Size : 133 x 20.64 mm
Ring : 52
Price : ~$215 for a box of 25
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Definitely a smoke for the high-profile cigar smoker. You won't even need to put this one in your humidor, though doing so could only improve it. I was leery of it as it was developed only a couple of decades ago, being more oriented towards the tried and true old school cigars. However, for the most part, I was quite pleased with the Ashton Cabinet Series Belicoso.
This one is the epiphany of all order. As I opened the box, they all lay there, perfectly in order, all identical. The wrapper is perfect, the tip is perfect and the ring is perfect. A better looking cigar I have never seen.
Very nice construction. Feels smooth and firm, yet not too tight. An inspection of the tip confirmed that there was great time and care put into this cigar.
This may perhaps be the most unusual cigar that I have ever smoked. I am used to the final third being the strongest point, but this was not the case with this one. That first light was overwhelming. It really set my mouth on fire. The aftertaste was lovely, but boy, that first hit really lit me up. The second third smoothed out to an amazing extent. I really enjoyed the meaty flavor that this one had to offer. The final third was also not nearly as strong as the first, though a little more intense than the second third. Still, I really allowed myself to be drawn into the flavor of the final third.
An excellent smoke for the money. However, I don't recommend that the new smoker try this one right off the bat. It might be a bit much for them.
Overall Rating :
Overall, I have to give this one a good rating. It is a smoke with a taste that will linger with you for some time and it's a slow smoke too with an even burn. Definitely not an early morning smoke, but perhaps suitable for after-lunch enjoyment. Again, not for the beginning cigar afficianado.