Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Perfecto
Size : 4.38 x 60
Wrapper : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : ~$9-10 each
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This is one of the few full boxes of cigars I have purchased and although it goes against everything I have ever been told, I did so without trying one first simply based on how many people were seeking them out. Besides, I figured if I was not a fan I could always find another enthusiast who would jump at the chance to try them out.
Adorned with the golden Ashton crest, the red and gold striped band looks quite attractive against a mocha colored sun grown wrapper. Touting the renowned Arturo Fuente figurado shape with a perfecto tip, this cigar strongly resembles its cousin the Hemingway Work of Art Maduro. Rugged in appearance with light veins and tooth, the overall look and heft of this cigar is quite impressive.
Smoothly clipping the cap allows me to take a prelight draw, which is somewhat loose. Sweet earth and cocoa are accompanied by peppery notes that tingle in the nose. The sweet earth and pepper carry over into the first few puffs of the smoke as well. As the figurado burns past the larger shoulder the draw tightens up. Accompanying it is a lot more smoke and the flavors open up a little.
Earth and leather are the strongest tones, tinged with a slight bit of vanilla. These keep building and at about the 1 to 1.5 inch point it becomes very enjoyable. There is some cocoa as well. The ash still remains rather loose, however. After about another half of an inch I try pairing the Enchantment with a homebrewed scotch ale. Surprisingly, it makes a coffee flavor stand out even though it was not even hinted at previously.
While this cigar is good for the latter half, the initial inch and a half is flat and does not stand up. In such a brief cigar experience I cannot justify spending ten dollars on only 2 inches of positive. I am excited that I have a Sorcerer in my humidor waiting because the shape should make the blend and flavors much more consistent and worthwhile. If you are looking for a VSG I would recommend trying another vitola.
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