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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.

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.

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.

A Preview of Ashton's New San Cristobal

Today Sathya Levin and Manny Ferrero of Ashton Cigars came by the office for a few smokes and some lunch. They were giving me a first taste of their latest, the San Cristobal brand. These are going to hit the market next month, after a preview in two weeks at the RTDA show. I smoked the San Cristobal Supermo first, a 6 by 50 toro with a very dark wrapper. It’s entirely Nicaraguan, made by Pepin Garcia at his factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. It’s quite a dark wrapper for one of Pepin’s smokes, and Manny told me it was a leaf grown in the Estelí region, from the upper primings.

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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 23, 2017

Ashton Symmetry & VSG Event

Davidus Cigars
2134 Generals Hwy
Annapolis, MD
Phone: 410-573-1212
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Ashton Symmetry & VSG Event

Executive Cigar Lounge
837 E New Haven Ave
Melbourne, FL
Phone: 321-733-4554
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Ashton Symmetry & VSG Event

The Tobacco Shop
89 Pratt St
Hartford, CT
Phone: 860-524-8577
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Ashton Symmetry & VSG Event

Havana Cigars
12044 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA
Phone: 818-763-6640
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

March 24, 2017

Ashton Symmetry & VSG Event

Havana House Cigars
5801 Youngstown-Warren Rd
Niles, OH
Phone: 330-726-4087
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Ashton Symmetry & VSG Event

Timothy's Fine Cigars
115 Center Ave
Bay City, MI
Phone: 989-894-6673
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Ashton Symmetry & VSG Event

Towne Center Tobacco & Gifts
1173 Oakland Market Dr
Mount Pleasant, SC
Phone: 843-216-0373
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Ashton Symmetry & VSG Event

Davidus Cigars
11632 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD
Phone: 301-881-1103
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Ashton Symmetry & VSG Event

Pop's Safari Cigars & Fine Wine
2929 Morton St
Fort Worth, TX
Phone: 817-334-0559
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

March 25, 2017

Ashton Symmetry & VSG Event

Hi Time Cigars
250 Ogle Street
Costa Mesa, CA
Phone: 800-331-3005
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Ashton Symmetry & VSG Event

Towne Center Tobacco & Gifts
7250 Rivers Ave
North Charleston, SC
Phone: 843-824-2333
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

March 28, 2017

Ashton Symmetry & VSG Event

Orange Cigar & More
278 Boston Post Rd
Orange, CT
Phone: 203-298-4990
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

March 29, 2017

Ashton Symmetry & VSG Event

Up Down Cigar
114 W Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI
Phone: 414-273-6665
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

March 30, 2017

Peterson Pipe Show

Pipe World
115 Sundance Pkwy
Round Rock, TX
Phone: 512-388-4300
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Ashton Symmetry & VSG Event

2464 S 120 Street
Omaha, NE
Phone: 402-330-4556
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm