Cigar Brand: Ashton
Cigar Name: VSG
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Sun Grown Ecuadorian Habano
Vitola: “Très Mystique” aka Corona
Length: 4 3/8″
Ring Gauge: 44
Cost: Unknown, received in trade ($9.50 on Famous however)
Where purchased: Unknown, received in trade
Where: In car, driving between old house and new.
When: Tuesday night, starting around 7pm.
Drink Pairing: First half was water, second half an Arby’s chocolate shake.
Link: Here’s a link to the Ashton VSG Tres Mystique on Famous Smoke
I’ve held off smoking these because I’m not a full strength kind of guy normally. I’ve never been a cigarette smoker so I don’t have the nicotine tolerance. However, it’s the smoke of the day on the cigars subreddit so I’m giving it a whirl. I’m currently in the middle of moving, it’s pouring rain, and I’m attempting to enjoy this to relax on the drive between the new place and old place before I pick up another car-load of stuff.
Very minor veins, some shiny spots, and a couple water spots. It’s far from the ugliest cigar I’ve seen, but it’s not perfect.
The nose is kind of a cedar-sweet smell. I can’t put a description on exactly what it is, but that’s what comes to mind then I try. The Prelight draw is great with just enough resistance to the draw after using my Xikar double-blade guillotine. The draw has a hint of sweetness like the nose, but more subtle.
The draw tightens up slightly immediately after lighting. I’m definitely getting some pepper on the retrohale. Earthy notes on the taste. A little sweet spice mixed into that earth too.
The retro quickly moves into a dark plum-like sweetness. Very creamy mouthfeel. I get notes that make me feel like I’m smoking this around a lot of sawdust, which I’m certainly not. It’s not a strong taste, but like a subtle woodsy taste.