- Ashton Symmetry reveals a beautifully proportioned merger of aged tobaccos from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. Silky Ecuador Habano wrappers unveil an unrivaled harmony of medium to full body, power and finesse. Crisp notes of spice and oak flourish early on, and praise an irresistible emergent cream. Savory nuances of leather and figs segue into a superb finish. Available in five soft box-pressed sizes, Ashton Symmetry escapes like a great secret and boldly inaugurates the inclusion of Nicaraguan tobacco into the Ashton portfolio.
- 5.25 x 52
From the minute you pick up an Ashton Symmetry Belicoso to examine it, you are made aware that this is no average Ashton cigar, far removed from the Classic line that made Ashton what it is today. The band is ornate, with the word ‘Ashton’ proudly displayed on a regal backdrop that almost reminds one of a coat of arms.
The cigar, though, produced by Arturo Fuente, is what is truly different. The long-filler tobacco comes from the Dominican Republic and from Nicaragua, guaranteeing a peppery flavor to the smoke throughout, resting beneath a Dominican binder. The wrapper, however, is the real surprise; an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper that, like the tobacco, has been aged to perfection, until its flavor is just right and the creaminess of the smoke will be perfect. These cigars were long-awaited, thwarted by a fire at the Fuente factory, and when they hit the shelves of fine tobacconists in 2006, it was unlike any other Ashton product of the time.
The Ashton Symmetry Belicoso is a medium to full-bodied cigar which, among all else, is creamy and earthy to smoke. Upon cutting the tip, you smell spice, cinnamon, fruit, cream, leather, and even a bit of wood, likely from the barn in which the tobacco was hung to age. The wrapper is semi-oily, providing for voluminous plumes of smoke when inhaled. Those first few puffs, you can expect pepper to be the predominant flavor you taste, but as the smoke continues, you will begin to enjoy that earthiness, that leather, and then a slight hint of the taste of chocolate and coffee will begin, leading into the toastiness and nuttiness that you expect from an Arturo Fuente-made cigar. This is a wonderful cigar for those who need a darker taste than the Ashton Classic can provide, but still want creaminess and aren’t looking for a full-bodied Maduro cigar or something similar.