Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : 140 x 20 mm
Ring : 50
Weight : N/A
Price : ~$10 each
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The Ashton Heritage Puro Sol Robusto is interesting in that the name pretty much says it all. Translated, Puro Sol means Pure Sun, as this is how this particular wrapper was grown. It shows in the dark brown hue. A beautiful cigar in the color aspect of it.
I was disappointed at the initial appearance of this cigar, as the box that was opened when I bought it seemed to reveal a lot of, well, bent cigars. They seemed to have several indentions, pits if you will, in the wrappers. Reluctantly, I purchased one just to give it a try.
As I feared, I got a run early on in the cigar, but beyond that, there seemed to be a pretty even burn for the rest of it. The draw was smooth enough. Nothing that really stood out, but not bad either.
The light up was the good part of this one. The flavor was good and stout, lofty even. The second third supplied an ample amount of wood graininess, yet seemed to lack in any spice whatsoever. The final third revealed the carefully hidden spiciness I was seeking, though the flavor seemed to be lacking. Interestingly enough, each third seemed to have an individual aspect that stood out, yet lacked in the others. It was almost as if it were three different tobaccos in one cigar.
The price tag on thise were a bit more than what they are actually worth. They aren't really all that bad, it's just that they don't seem to truly stand out. These would fit more into the 4-5 dollar price range.
Overall Rating :
Not the worst, not the best. These would probably go over well with the new cigar smokers to prepare them for the more intense flavors to come in the future. Basically, I would have to say that if you could find these on sale, get them. Not bad at all, just not quite worth the regular price.
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