Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Lonsdale
Size : 165 x 17 mm
Ring : 44
Wrapper : Connecticut
Filler : 3-4 years Dominican
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.
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.
Excellent smooth draw on this stogie, with a nice plume of smoke to follow. Seemed to have a steady burn all the way.
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.
Not overly expensive, yet with an original flavor that generally comes with the pricier smokes. Definitely worth it.
Overall Rating :
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.