Cigar Aficionado 10 Best Cigars of the year (for 2013) just named The Ashton VSG at the No.10 position, Here is what the editors of CA magazine say abouth The Ashton VSG:
"The Ashton Virgin Sun Grown brand has established itself as a benchmark smoke among full-bodied enthusiasts. Its launch in 1999 brought a newfound interest to Ecuador Sumatra wrapper.
Everyone speaks of the wrapper with Ashton VSGs. The leaves for these smokes were grown in the cloud-covered foothills of the Andes mountains by Oliva Tobacco Co., the Tampa, Florida, company that has brokered cigar tobacco for decades. Fuente takes the leaves that grow near the top of Sumatra-seed plants and ferments them in bulks, bringing out the oils and increasing the darkness. The result is a strong, oily, flavorful leaf that leaves an impression on the palate. It’s one of the benchmark brands for Ashton Distributors Inc., a company owned by the Levin family, which has sold cigars since the 1950s.
We’ve given high rating after high rating to Ashton VSGs over the years. The Spellbound size is the longest in the vast line (there are a dozen sizes) and has hearty flavor with a robust nuttiness and a caramel sweetness for balance. This is a cigar that combines three of the cigar world’s best known families: the Olivas of Tampa, the Levins of Philadelphia and the Fuentes of the Dominican Republic."
Ashton VSG Virgin Sun Grown cigars. The Ashton VSG cigar is an outstanding cigar by all counts. The cigars are hand rolled from only the top primings of an exclusive Ecuador Sun Grown tobacco wrapper, to offer a rich, oily, spicy flavorful aroma. The filler is a five year old Dominican special blended to provide a robust, high-octane taste that only the Ashton VSG could create.
For those who desire a powerful and intoxicating flavor with a complex rich finish, look no further than the Ashton VSG. The VSG is blended exclusively for Ashton by Carlos Fuente Jr. using 4 to 5 year old aged Dominican tobacco taken from the finest and most fertile plants. The distinct flavor of VSG comes from its wrapper grown on a private estate in Ecuador owned by the Oliva family where this proprietary wrapper leaf is grown for the Fuente Family exclusively for Ashton VSG. The leaf is taken from the higher primings and matures slowly by sunlight filtered through the region¹s natural cloud covering. The result is the rich intoxicating wrapper which has made the Ashton VSG the most in demand cigar on the market today.
Some of the best Ashton Vintage Sun Grown (VSG) cigars are: Ashton VSG Belicoso, Ashton VSG Corona Gorda, Ashton VSG Eclipse tube, Ashton VSG Enchantment, Ashton VSG Illusion, Ashton VSG Pegasus, Ashton VSG Robusto, Ashton VSG Sorcerer, Ashton VSG Spellbound, Ashton VSG Torpedo, Ashton VSG Tres Mystique, and Ashton VSG Wizard.
Mike's Cigars offers Ashton cigars, Ashton Aged Maduro cigars, Ashton Cabinet Selection cigars, Ashton Heritage Puro Sol cigars, and Ashton VSG cigars. Here, at Mike's Cigars we also carry La Aroma De Cuba cigars made for the Ashton group in Nicaragua. Ashton cigars are made by Arturo Fuente in Dominican Republic. Fuente also makes, exclusively for Mike's Cigars, the Bauza cigar line, considered by many to be the best cigar they make. Another famed Fuente cigar is The Arturo Fuente Hemingway - a cigar loved by many Ashton consumers. Buy Ashton cigars, Bauza cigars, Arturo Fuente Hemingway or any other cigar you like at Mike's Cigars, the best online cigar store in the country.