With an ornate band declaring that these are not your everyday Ashton cigars, The Ashton Cabinet line is a more exclusive and longer-aged line from the Ashton brand, which means increased flavor for those who choose to spend a bit more.
The Ashton brand was born out of a collaboration between two people. On the one hand, you had Carlos Fuente Sr., the man who made Arturo Fuente what it is today, a man who has been steeped in cigar lore and culture since he was born and who inherited the family his father began. On the other hand was Robert Levin, a man who had run a tobacco shop for years. Robert approached Carlos with an idea for a cigar, one that would be approachable and would appeal to the customers who shopped at his store, and the Ashton brand was born in the 1990s from these discussions.
The Ashton Cabinet line is the first ‘super premium’ line of cigars that Ashton produced, though it certainly was not the last. The big difference between the Cabinet and Classic lines is that the tobacco used in the cabinet line was aged longer, bringing out a more unique aroma and flavor from the tobacco harvested in the Dominican Republic. The tobacco is wrapped in a Connecticut shade wrapper by hand, resulting in a well-packed cigar that has a slightly sweet smell to it. The flavor is one of nuttiness with a hint of wood to it, and the cigar is the very definition of ‘creamy’ to smoke. The final third or so of the cigar leaves one with a peppery and oaky flavor, leaving you with a peppery aftertaste.
This is not an everyday cigar, but if you’re celebrating a special occasion or just looking to enjoy a quality product as a treat to yourself, this robusto cigar is a good option.