The band of the Ashton VSG line gives away much of what you need to know to make a decision about it. The band is ornate, of course, but as the cigar is one of the premium Ashton lines, how could it help but be a bit more ornate than the others? But the real magic to the band is not the look of it, but three simple words at the bottom: Virgin Sun Grown.
The Ashton VSG (which stands for Virgin Sun Grown), is the premier line available from Ashton. The VSG line is consistently well-received, being rated often in the top ten most rare and sought-after cigars on the market, and almost always hard-to-find. It’s the kind of cigar that cigar shops have to put limits on the sale of, or else the first person to find them might well buy the box and hoard them in a humidor somewhere.
Handmade at the Arturo Fuente facility in the Dominican Republic, the Ashton VSG Sorcerer is made with the highest quality and best-aged fillers that the Fuente facility can get their hands on, lovingly wrapped in an Ecuadorian Sun Grown wrapper. This all combines to make the Ashton VSG a cigar that cannot be beaten when it comes to flavor, a full-flavored cigar with peppery and peaty tones to it and a creamy texture, wrapped in a slightly oily wrapper. The cigar is enjoyable from start to finish, and the peaty tones means that it will pair nicely with the more peaty and ‘smoky’ scotches, like a good Ardbeg Uigedail. However, let’s make no mistake; if you find only one of these cigars, it is wise that you smoke it on its own, savoring every puff of the 7 inch by 49 ring gauge Ashton VSG Sorcerer while you still can.