Ashton cigars are made in the Dominican Republic at the Tabacalera A. Fuente. The Heritage Puro Sol line of Ashton cigars are made entirely with tobaccos that are sun grown. The wrapper is Cameroon, and the binder and filler tobaccos are Dominican. The Corona Gorda size that I smoked measured 5 ¾ inches long with a ring gauge of 46.
Upon lighting the Ashton Heritage Puro Sol cigar, I knew that I would be in for a pleasant smoking experience. The cigar started off mild-to-medium, and quickly developed into a medium bodied stick. The cigar was packed full of fresh tobacco flavors, and had a very delightful toasty taste that was naturally sweet, rich, smooth, and creamy with just a hint of spice. The flavors in this cigar put it in the exceptional category (you know it when you taste it), and I would categorize the Ashton Heritage Puro Sol as a super premium cigar. It just doesn't get too much better than this, and finding a cigar of this high caliber is both the reason and the reward for being a cigar connoisseur.
Draw and Construction
The cigar was very well made, had an even burn and a great draw that provided an ample volume of flavorful smoke. The cigar did not require any relights, but it did go out after 40 minutes or so, with 2 ½ inches remaining. This was the point where I should have stopped, but I cleared and relit the cigar and continued smoking down to 1 ½ inches remaining. However, the taste had declined significantly to about the level of an average stogie, after the relight. But the bottom line is that the Ashton Heritage Puro Sol smoked and tasted almost perfect for at least 40 minutes, which is what I would expect from a relatively small Corona Gorda sized cigar.
Ashton Heritage Puro Sol Corona Gorda cigars are priced around $37 per 5-pack, or about $190 plus or minus $20 for a box of 25. As with most super premium cigars, it pays to shop around. Purchasing single sticks will result in a higher price per cigar, so I recommend buying at least a five-pack to keep the price below $7.50 per cigar, which is a good value for super premium cigars of such high caliber. Not everyday cigars, but definitely worth the price for special occasions, such as the weekend.