Ashton VSG in the Round

Ashton Virgin Sun Grown cigars are immensely popular cigars, especially for those who love fuller bodied smokes. Wrapped in dark leaf grown by Oliva Tobacco Co., on hilly farms in the foothills of the Andes Mountains in Ecuador, these Fuente-made cigars have been in high demand for more than a decade. Ashton VSGs, as they are commonly known, were the hot cigar of the 1999 cigar industry trade show, took huge scores in their debut tasting in the January 2000 Cigar Insider and have been popular ever sense.

Last week, at the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers trade show in Las Vegas, brand owner Ashton Distributors Inc. unveiled a new size in the growing VSG line, the Pegasus.

The Pegasus measures five-inches long by 54 ring gauge, and like all VSGs it comes wrapped in Ecuador Sumatra wrapper. What makes it unusual is the lack of box pressing—this is one of only three sizes of VSGs shipped round, rather than pressed. (The other two are the Wizard and the Eclipse.)

The $10.25 smoke will be packed in boxes of 20 cigars, and should be out by September.

Click here to see our complete tasting notes and ratings on the VSG line.

"Are these smokes similar to the VSG rounds produced some years ago for the Asis Pacific market? I have couple of boxes of those and they are great!" —July 26, 2011 12:39 PM