Ashton Classic 8-9-8

Ashton Classic 8-9-8

Origin : Dominican RepublicAshton
Format : Lonsdale
Size : 165 x 17 mm
Ring : 44
Wrapper : Connecticut
Filler : 3-4 years Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : ~$160 for a box of 25
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The Ashton Classic 8-9-8 was an experimental buy. I wasn't overly impressed by the look of it, but it was the last one in the box and I was intrigued. It was a pleasant surprise. As a rule I've never been much of a morning smoker, but this will eternally be my early morning cigar now.

Appearance : ★★★½☆
The appearance was not bad, but at the same time was not overly impressive. If I had to describe it the best I could say would be average.

Construction : ★★★★½
Excellent smooth draw on this stogie, with a nice plume of smoke to follow. Seemed to have a steady burn all the way.
 
Flavor : ★★★★½
For some reason the initial hit didn't seem all that effective. I detected a distant sense of coffee with a vanilla edge to it. The second hit all the way through the second third of this cigar really built up nicely. Good strong coffee sensation with a hint of cocoa. The final third was strong, but pleasantly so.

Value : ★★★★½
Not overly expensive, yet with an original flavor that generally comes with the pricier smokes. Definitely worth it.

Overall Rating : ★★★★½
This smoke was like the process of waking up from a nice dream. You start of a little hazy, then wake up and enjoy a good coffee, and lastly, you get your day going in full charge. A truly good cigar.

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One Comment on “Ashton Classic 8-9-8”

  1. Ashtons never disappoint. Except for the VSG, they’re usually on the milder side for me but they are definitely a wonderful treat to come back to. Great review.

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