October 11, 2007
Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Double Corona
Size : 7.0? x 49
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sungrown
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Price : $11 each
Ashton Cigars was created in 1985 by Robert Levin. Levin teamed up with the Fuentes taking advantage of their manufacturing experience to help him create his cigars. Ashton’s popularity was originally built on its mild, yet flavorful Connecticut Shade wrapped cigars. The popularity of the Ashton brand would explode with the introduction of a powerful full bodied cigar, the Virgin Sun Grown (VSG). In November of 1999 Ashton Cigars unveiled the VSG, the most powerful and full bodied cigar in the Ashton catalog. The VSG sports an Ecuadorian sungrown wrapper. Apparently the VSG, before it was called VSG, was going to have a Chateau de la Fuente wrapper of Opus X fame (Keepers of the Flame, Oct. 1, 2006). But the rarity of the wrapper and the popularity of the Opus killed that plan. That’s how The VSG ended up with the Ecuadorian sungrown wrapper. A few of the VSG vitolas have pretty standard names like Belicoso and Robusto, but others have been given more mystical names like Tres Mystique, Wizard, Echantment, Illusion and Sorcerer. Not sure why that is and unfortunately I was unable to find any info on it.
The VSG Sorcerer is a 7.0? x 49 ring Double Corona. It is wrapped in a beautiful sungrown leaf with tiny veins throughout, sporting an expertly applied cap and a rich tobacco aroma. The cap clipped nicely with my Palio and the foot took a light perfectly. This cigar packs all the power it is hyped to have but even with that power it is surprisingly smooth. The flavors are full bodied yet refined. I’ve heard the VSG referred to as “The Velvet Hammer” and the name fits. It starts off very rich and smooth with a slightly sweet spice. A fellow BOTL once referred to this flavor as a “sungrown twang”. The burn is razor sharp and the ash is well formed but is a little loose and doesn’t hold more than an inch or so. It has a long almost sage like finish that is quite unique and it produces plenty of thick, creamy, off-white smoke. As the smoke progresses the twang lessened and it developed strong notes of earth and leather with an almost floral undertone. I am very impressed with the smooth, refined nature of the flavors given how full and and powerful the cigar is. It packs quite a punch without any harshness or muted flavors you sometime get with strong powerful cigars. In the last third the VSG really picks up with lots of spice and leather with spice on the finish. I smoked it to the nub.
A double corona is a long smoke that needs to be above par to be enjoyable otherwise you inevitably get bored with it before you finish it. No chance of boredom here. The VSG Sorcerer is a robust, complex smoke that holds your attention for the entire hour plus it takes to smoke it. It is definitely not a cigar for beginners as the length and power may be too much for someone not used to smoking full bodied cigars. For an experienced cigar smoker it is a real treat and is so good you will want to smoke one more often than just on the special occasions despite its price tag.
June 29, 2019
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October 13, 2007
I haven’t seen anything official, but based on what I know about generally accepted vitola sizes I’d say the Spellbound is far to thick at 54 to be considered a DC. I’d call it a Gigante personally. The length and ring of the Sorcerer seems to be almost spot-on (maybe just a shade short) for a DC.
Then again there is no standard so there are plenty of examples to make a case either way….
October 12, 2007
Just wanted to note (and I promise I’m not rying to be a smartass), in the interest of accuracy, the Sorcerer is a slightly thinker than usual Churchill (7″ x 49 ring gauge, as you stated). The Ashton VSG double corona is called the Spellbound; a 7.5″ x 54 ring beauty that is a little harder to come by.
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