You can judge a cigar by its band, not so much by the name on the band, but rather on what the band chooses to highlight about the cigar. The Classic line of Ashton cigars has a simple band that highlights that they are imported and hand-made, but the Ashton VSG cigar chooses to highlight a more important information: Virgin Sun Grown.
The Ashton VSG line, like the Ashton Classic line, is a collaboration with Arturo Fuente. It is the brainchild of Robert Levin and Carlos Fuente Sr., produced for the first time in the late 90s, and it is, as are most of the cigars that Fuente Sr. created, a quality product. He took the finest fillers that he could get his hands on, and then combined them in his factory in the Dominican Republic with an Ecuadorian Sun Grown wrapper, producing a cigar that would regularly be well-received by cigar reviewers.
Ashton VSG cigars are hard to come by, because a they are so often well-received. They are some of the rarest and most sought-after cigars on the market, and most places either don’t have any or have a limited supply. Because of this, getting to taste one, especially if you have never done so before, is a real treat. The Ashton CVSG Tres Mystique is a full-flavored cigar, one that provides a peppery and peaty tone from start to finish with a creamy texture. Thanks to the slight oiliness of the wrapper, it produces more smoke than usual, with a slight blue tinge to it. Thanks to the peaty notes, this cigar pairs well with scotches, especially those on the more ‘smoky’ end of the spectrum. However, if you can only find one Ashton VSG Tres Mystique, it might be in your best interest to enjoy all 4.3 inches by 44 ring gauge with a clear palate.