June 26, 2014
Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Double Corona
Size : 7 1/2 x 54
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : $13 each
The Ashton brand has become one of the most well-known, sought out cigar brands in the world. The VSG Series cigars are blended exclusively by Carlos Fuente Jr. with 4 and 5 year old Dominican tobacco. The wrapper leaf is grown in Ecuador by the Oliva family and sold to the Fuente family exclusively for Ashton VSG cigars. The VSG Series comes in 12 different sizes for your smoking pleasure (a lot of these vitolas have already been reviewed on CigarInspector.com, click on the name to read the corresponding review):
Eclipse – 6 x 52; Wizard 37 – 6 x 56; Pegasus – 5 x 54; Enchantment – 4.5 x 60; Tres Mystique – 4.5 x 44; Belicoso No. 1 – 5.25 x 52; Corona Gorda – 5.75 x 46; Illusion – 6.5 x 44; Robusto – 5.5 x 50; Sorcerer – 7 x 49; Torpedo – 6.5 x 55; Spellbound – 7.5 x 54
The Ashton VSG pre-light ritual was as good as it gets. The cigar had a wonderful dark, rich looking wrapper. The band was yellow, ravished in gold, with black lettering and red undertones. Very appealing to the aficionado’s eye. Cold draw showed signs of woody sweetness and the cigar lit up very easily. This very large Ashton VSG Spellbound passed the pre-light test with a perfect score. Great to see such high quality!
The first 1/3 of the cigar showed aromas of wood and spice with notes of roasted nuts. The burn was a little uneven however the ash was a tower of wavy white glory.
About half-way through my Ashton VSG Spellbound the roasted nut notes were still present however heavily supported by woody cedar affluence. The burn was still uneven and seemed to be working to fix itself. I checked for soft spots before lighting up however did not feel any, so this uneven burn was kind of a mystery. The Spellbound produced loads of thin white, velvety smoke.
Just as I thought the burn did fix itself. It never was perfectly straight however I didn’t have to use my torch to touch this monster stick up. The ending aromas were floral. Very refreshing and pleasing from start to finish.
The Ashton VSG Spellbound was a very consistent, solid smoke offering everything I want and expect in a good cigar. Even though this cigar may seem pricey it is certainly worth the money and time, taking me a little over two hours to smoke. I will definitely be trying other cigars from the Virgin Sun Grown Line and maybe stock a few Spellbounds in my personal humidor. Fantastic smoke!
Overall Experience: 8pts.
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