Our Review of Ashton Symmetry

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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
Size:    Robusto
Wrapper:    Ecuadorian Habano
Binder:     Dominican
Filler:    Dominican, Nicaraguan
Brief Background:
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.
Price:     $12
Ashton Symmetry for review
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.
Flavor Profile:
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.