A good band not only serves as a piece of branding on a cigar, but as an indication of what the cigar has to offer. This is why I am generally a fan of descriptive cigar bands that say things like ‘Maduro’, for example, telling me exactly what to expect from the cigar. The Ashton VSG Torpedo has a more ornate band, of course, as is befitting a premium cigar, but the most important thing about the band can be summed up by three words: Virgin Sun Grown.
The Ashton VSG torpedo is a cigar that is, as so many Ashtons are, put together by Arturo Fuente in their facility in the Dominican Republic. The Fuente family puts together the best tobacco that they can find for the binder and filler, aging it appropriately to bring out the best flavor that it has to offer, and then they apply the wrapper, a beautifully cared for Ecuadorian Sun Grown wrapper, completing what is one of the most desirable and sought-after cigars on the market.
But how does it taste? After all, being in demand is not necessarily an indication of the flavor of a cigar. Well, it is a cigar creamy in its texture, full-bodied and full-flavored, with notes of pepper and peat that resonate throughout the cigar. Because of its peat flavor, it is a fantastic companion for a good glass of high quality scotch, but if you are not able to find a decent quantity of them, it may be in your best interest to just enjoy the VSG Torpedo in its 6.5 inch by 55 ring gauge glory as-is, with no scotch to muddy the palate.