Ashton Cabinet Series Belicoso

Ashton Cabinet Series Belicoso

Origin : Dominican RepublicAshton
Format : Torpedo
Size : 133 x 20.64 mm
Ring : 52
Hand-Made
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.

Appearance : ★★★★★
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.

Construction : ★★★★½
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.
 
Flavor : ★★★★½
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.

Value : ★★★★☆
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 : ★★★★½
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.

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7 Comments on “Ashton Cabinet Series Belicoso”

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  2. I wonder why more people don’t smoke these. I have quite a few connections in the industry and I hang out in cigar shops 20+ hours a week and I NEVER see anyone smoking these or even mentioning them. I recall one person saying that she, yes SHE, loved them and they were her very favorite. I would guess because of the price, people are skipping right over them and going to the VSGs?

  3. This is one of the few Ashton cigars I have smoked. It was good and the aroma was very pleasant. The price tag is a little above my everyday comfort level though.

  4. I really like this cigar but it was not what I was expecting. I can’t give a good flavor profile because it was so long ago. I remember it was medium to full bodied at the very least lol.

  5. DavefromPhilly says:

    I don’t know what cigar you guys are smoking!?!?!

    First of all… the origin of this cigar (as with ALL Ashtons) is Dominican Republic. NOT Nicaragua! Ashtons are made by Fuente.

    The Ashton Cabinet is also not Medium to Full. Not even close. This is a Mild cigar, that i would HIGHLY recommend for the new smoker. It is mild in strength, medium in body (thickness of smoke) and there is a ton of flavor, but none of those flavors are strong, it is very calming and pleasing.

    As far as taste goes… This is an excellent cigar. Although i normally prefer a bit of spice and a stronger cigar, when it comes to a special occasion when i want a sophisticated, classy, relaxing smoke, this is my go-to cigar, and definitely my favorite. If i could only smoke 3 cigars for the rest of my life, this would be the first I chose.

    The flavor is extremely creamy, with cedar, toast, a hint of vanilla, and almost cashewy notes. There are other notes throughout the smoke that peak their head in here and there, some unidentifiable, but all are extremely pleasant.

    The construction is the only thing you guys were correct about, as it is a gorgeous, flawless cigar with a wrapper that looks like tan silk, an amazing burn, and a perfect draw.

    If i was rich i would smoke these everyday. It is WELL worth the money and you get every cent that you pay for.

  6. @DavefromPhilly
    I updated the origin of this cigar. Thanks for pointing out the error.

  7. I have smoked many boxes of Ashton cigars, but I just keep coming back to the Belicoso, and i agree, it is “creamy”.

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