It's been two years since Ashton Distributors Inc. has released a new size in the Estate Sun Grown series, but this year, fans of the cigar can expect the 24 Year Salute—a 6 5/8 inch by 47 ring, double-tapered perfecto.
"This is the fifth size in the Ashton Estate Sun Grown line, which was originally created to celebrate Ashton's 20th anniversary," said Ashton vice president Sathya Levin. "Like the other sizes in the Ashton ESG line, the 24 Year Salute features an ultra-rare, Dominican sun grown wrapper from Chateau de la Fuente. Due to the rare nature of this wrapper, the cigar will be made in extremely limited quantities."
The ESG line consists of only Dominican tobacco, and is made in Santiago, Dominican Republic, by Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia. Prices have yet to be established, but in lieu of the existing four sizes, expect the new ESG to retail in the $20 to $25 range.
Though Ashton doesn't anticipate the 24 Year Salute to be released until late this year, some lucky smokers sampled an early version of the cigar at the 20th Annual Smoker for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital charity event held at New York's Grand Havana Room last week. It is still uncertain whether or not samples of the 24 Year Salute will make an appearance at the upcoming IPCPR trade show.
Read editor Gregory Mottola's recent blog to find out how the new ESG smokes.