It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the latest cigar from a renowned company. The Ashton Symmetry is the first new release for the company in nearly a decade and a joint effort between Ashton and the Fuentes. Its gorgeous Ecuadorian Habano wrapper conceals a Dominican binder and Dominican and Nicaraguan long fillers. For this review, I smoke the Sublime size, a 6×52 Toro.
The wrapper gives off a distinct manure and coffee aroma, pre-light. Out of the foot, a potent, fruity earth smell is dominant. The cold draw is snug with a slight raisin flavor. Once lit, the draw gives me black pepper spice with cinnamon and leather. Through the nose, I find clove with floral and grassy notes. The finish is a bomb of cinnamon and leather.
After thirty minutes, the first third closes out. On the draw, I find cinnamon with leather and oak. Through the nose, there is a sweet caramel note alongside some smoky nutmeg and hazelnut. The finish offers roasted almond paired with coffee and a musty wood note. Both strength and body settle in at the medium mark. I experience a bit of an explosion in the tightly rolled wrapper during this third, but it burns through just fine and causes no issues.
One hour in, I finish the second third. The draw produces more cinnamon and leather on top of some black pepper spice. On the retro-hale, I find additional caramel topped off with smooth cocoa and graham cracker. The finish evolves into a mix of floral earth, coffee, and leather. Strength and body both increase slightly to the medium-to-full mark.
The final third ends at an hour and a half. On the draw, oak makes a return on top of continued leather and black pepper spice. Through the nose, I’m treated to a delicious, creamy cedar with toast and vanilla. The finish is bold with grassy, floral earth alongside nutmeg and “Dominican Twang.” Strength and body finish out at the medium-to-full mark.
The Ashton Symmetry is a solid smoke with complex, memorable flavor. It’s very apparent the Fuente family put their touch on this blend in the collaboration. Construction was an issue in the first third, but overall, this was a well-rolled cigar. These cigars range from $12 to $14 depending on where you buy them, so that may turn away some smokers. The Symmetry is certainly worth a test drive, though, and I recommend checking it out.