This review was done for Cigar Retreat by Brad Frazier, whose highly developed palate more than qualifies him for this task. The opinions expressed herein are Brad’s alone.
Cigar Reviewed: Ashton Symmetry
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan
This is the first new cigar branded as an Ashton in nearly a decade. It has been much anticipated and discussed as it represents a departure from other Ashtons in terms of flavors, make-up and strength level. The Symmetry debuted at this year’s IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas. The Symmetry was blended for Ashton by Carlos (“Carlito”) Fuente, Jr.
Construction and Appearance:
Slight box press with a medium brown veinless wrapper and low sheen. The cap is a triple and is very firmly constructed. The cigar is only medium firm to the squeeze and has no noticeable soft spots.
The cigar lights without incident. The initial flavors are of sweet earth with a spicy finish. The spice is amplified through the nose but does not carry a burning attribute. The taste is rich and falls in the medium plus to three-quarter range. Working my way into the first third hints of cinnamon and leather reveal themselves. The wrapper, while not always having an even burn, will self-correct with a rotation in the hand. The second-third offers stronger notes of earth and leather with and an occasional note of black coffee. In the final third many of the previously found flavors give way to a rich, very pleasant tobacco note. The cigar holds its body the whole time and offers a richness cleanliness of flavor the entire way.
I thoroughly enjoyed this cigar from start to finish and it absolutely warrants the price asked. The cigar definitely offers a new flavor range for the Ashton brand.