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Ashton's La Aroma de Cuba rated 93

Ashton Distributors has a new Aroma de Cuba. The new smoke not only has a wrapper that Ashton has never used before, but one of the cigars in the line scored 93 points this week in a blind tasting in Cigar Insider, Cigar Aficionado's twice-monthly cigar newsletter.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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!

March 20, 2018

Ashton Symmetry & VSG Grand Tasting

Virgin Cigars
8601 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC
Phone: 419-344-5858
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

March 21, 2018

Ashton Symmetry & VSG Grand Tasting

Winston's Pipe & Cigar Emporium
5304 Rogers Ave
Fort Smith, AK
Phone: 479-434-5627
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

March 22, 2018

Ashton Symmetry & VSG Grand Tasting

Big Humidor Cigar
18473 Sussex Hwy
Bridgeville, DE
Phone: 302-226-3151
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Ashton Symmetry & VSG Grand Tasting

Saint Croix Cigar Company
525 2nd Street
Hudson, WI
Phone: 715-386-4030
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ashton Symmetry & VSG Grand Tasting

Neumann's Cigars & More
314 S Milwaukee Ave
Libertyville, IL
Phone: 847-918-9999
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Ashton Symmetry & VSG Grand Tasting

Havana on 25
446 Main St
Monroe, CT
Phone: 203-261-6261
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Ashton Symmetry & VSG Grand Tasting

Davidoff of Geneva
225 Liberty St
New York, NY
Phone: 212-417-7000
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

March 23, 2018

Ashton Symmetry & VSG Grand Tasting

Mike's Cigar Room
8000 Highway 242
Conroe, TX
Phone: 936-271-0900
2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Ashton Symmetry & VSG Grand Tasting

Lake Country Cigars
2566 Sun Valley Dr
Delafield, WI
Phone: 262-646-7530
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Ashton Symmetry Spotlight Tasting

Royal 10 Cigar & Tobacco
6401 Royalton Rd
North Royalton, OH
Phone: 440-652-6534
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Ashton Symmetry & VSG Grand Tasting

Stix Cigar Lounge
440 Route 23 N
Pompton Plains, NJ
Phone: 973-831-2499
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Ashton Symmetry & VSG Grand Tasting

West End Cigars
10720 N Rodney Parham Rd
Little Rock, AR
Phone: 501-258-9419
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Ashton Symmetry & VSG Grand Tasting

Epic Cigar Lounge
3119 Tilghman St
Allentown, PA
Phone: 484-274-6043
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

March 24, 2018

Peterson Pipe Show

The Humidor Tobacco Shop
1500 Oaklawn Ave
Cranston, RI
Phone: 401-463-5949
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Ashton Symmetry & VSG Grand Tasting

OSI Tobacco
4836 Hills & Dales NW
Canton, OH
Phone: 330-494-6152
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm