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A Fatter San Cristobal being added - Papagayo XXL

This week the new San Cristobal Papagayo XXL started shipping to American smokeshops, sporting a massive 60 ring gauge. "It's a monster," said Ashton Distributors vice president Sathya Levin. The Papagayo XXL is a beefed up version of the San Cristobal Papagayo, which measures 5 3/4 inches long by 55 ring. The Papagayo, which Ashton created about one year ago, "Instantly became one of our best-selling sizes," said Levin. It was the fattest parejo (or straight sided) cigar in the brand, which is made in Nicaragua at Pepin Garcia's My Father Cigars factory.
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The 25 Best Cigars of the Year 2009 - #9 - Ashton Virgin Sun Grown Torpedo

Ashton Virgin Sun Grown cigars are the original powerhouse cigar. Made by Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia. for Ashton Distributors Inc., the brand’s hallmark is its dark, Sumatra-seed wrappers grown under the perpetually cloudy skies in Ecuador at the foothills of the Andes by one of the legendary names in the tobacco business, the Oliva Tobacco Co. of Tampa, Florida. Ashton VSGs, as they are known, consistently take some of the highest scores in Cigar Aficionado magazine and Cigar Insider newsletter.
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Ashton's Aroma de Cuba Brand Now Rolled in Garcia Factory

Ashton's economically priced La Aroma de Cuba brand is now being made by Jose "Pepin" Garcia in Nicaragua at the My Family Cigars factory. Ashton moved the operation earlier this year, and has made some changes to the brand. La Aroma de Cuba was first released in 2002 as a budget-friendly premium cigar manufactured at Altadis's Flor de Copan S.A. factory in Honduras. This year Ashton decided to turn the operation over to Garcia, who makes San Cristobal, La Aroma de Cuba Edición Especial and other cigars for the Philadelphia company.
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The 25 Best Cigars of the Year 2008 - #4 - La Aroma de Cuba Edición Especial No. 5

La Aroma de Cuba is an old Cuban brand name, believed to have been a favorite of Sir Winston Churchill. Ashton Distributors created a Honduran version of the brand in 2003, made by La Flor de Copan, and last summer it added the Edición Especial variation, which it contracted out to the hottest name in the cigar business, Jose “Pepin” Garcia. Pepin’s La Aroma de Cuba is the best yet, made with his trademark Nicaraguan filler and binder tobaccos, and covered in something relatively new for him, Ecuadoran leaf.
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The 25 Best Cigars of the Year 2008 - #10 - Ashton Heritage Puro Sol Robusto

Ashton is one of the classic brands of the cigar industry. Created in the early 1980s by Robert Levin, the Dominican cigars now come in every conceivable variety, with a flavor profile built for every palate. They range from the mild and easygoing Ashton Classic to the peppery and bold Ashton VSG, with all types of flavors and strength profiles in between. Perhaps the sleeper of the storied brand is the Ashton Heritage Puro Sol.
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Nicaraguan La Aroma Ready to Debut

Next week, the cigar world will get its first look at the new La Aroma de Cuba. Unlike the original, it will be made in Nicaragua, rather than Honduras. La Aroma de Cuba Edición Especial is being made in Nicaragua by Jose "Pepin" Garcia. Brand owner Robert Levin, who also owns the Ashton and San Cristobal cigar brands, said it has strength and flavor—but not too much.
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Ashton Classic's Stronger Addition - Majesty

Ashton debuted the Classic Majesty at this year's RTDA convention in Houston -- a new size addition to its Classic line. It's a slightly stronger Ashton Classic made by Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia. in the Dominican Republic. The cigar sports the same Connecticut Shade wrapper as the rest of the line but has a different interior blend, although the bunch is still made entirely of Dominican tobaccos. The cigar's flavor profile is strengthened by pepper and spice qualities, which "gives it a zing through the nostrels," says Ashton's Sathya Levin, and it sports a large 56-ring gauge.
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Ashton Events


Ashton is proud to offer the very finest in experiential consumer events and tastings in partnership with authorized Ashton retailers. Browse through the list below to locate an upcoming Ashton Event near you!

October 24, 2017

San Cristobal Revelation Spotlight Tasting



Hemingway's Watering Hole
4700 Bosque Blvd
Waco, TX
Phone: 254-772-3919
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

October 26, 2017

San Cristobal Revelation & Quintessence Event



Nolans Tobacco
336 E Front St
Traverse City , MI
Phone: 231-946-2640
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

San Cristobal Revelation & Quintessence Event



Havana on 25
405 River Rd
Shelton, CT
Phone: 203-922-1780
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

October 27, 2017

Peterson Pipe Show



Smoky's Tobacco
7805 Monte Vue Center Way
Knoxville, TN
Phone: 865-693-8371
10:00 am - 7:00 pm

San Cristobal Revelation Spotlight Tasting



La Fontaine's Tobacco
418 10th St
Huntington, WV
Phone: 304-523-7879
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

San Cristobal Revelation Spotlight Tasting



La Fontaine's Tobacco
418 10th St
Huntington, WV
Phone: 304-523-7879
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

San Cristobal Revelation & Quintessence Event



Tobacco Leaf
7351 Assateague Dr
Jessup, MD
Phone: 410-799-2094
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

October 28, 2017

Ashton Mega Series Event



Finck Cigar Company
12950 Bandera Rd
Helotes, TX
Phone: 210-226-4191
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

San Cristobal Revelation & Quintessence Event



Bo's Cigar Lounge
16615 Bellflower Blvd
Bellflower, CA
Phone: 562-303-9812
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

San Cristobal Revelation & Quintessence Event



Mandarin Cigars
10950 San Jose Blvd
Jacksonville, FL
Phone: 904-288-7000
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 1, 2017

Ashton Symmetry Spotlight Tasting



Nat Sherman
12 E 42nd St
New York, NY
Phone: 646-442-1850
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

November 2, 2017

Ashton Holiday Experience



The Tasting Room
6000 Monona Dr
Monona, WI
Phone: 608-223-1641
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

San Cristobal Quintessence Event



The Wharf
3464 Pentagon Blvd
Beaver Creek, OH
Phone: 937-426-0633
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

San Cristobal Revelation & Quintessence Event



Cigar Aficion
965 Richmond Ave
Staten Island, NY
Phone: 718-761-1234
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 3, 2017

San Cristobal Quintessence Event



The Cigar Affair
323 Conant St
Maumee, OH
Phone: 419-891-0109
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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