Pepin Garcia Makes New Cigar Brand for Ashton | Cigar Aficionado

Cigar Aficionado

Pepin Garcia Makes New Cigar Brand for Ashton

After teaming up to create San Cristobal, Ashton Cigars has joined once again with famed cigarmaker Pepin Garcia and released a new brand called the Benchmade.

The cigar is an economy-priced Nicaraguan puro produced in Garcia's Tabacalera Cubana S.A. factory in Nicaragua.

"It's basically a value cigar made by Pepin for Ashton," said Sathya Levin, vice president of Ashton Cigars Inc. "It was a concept that we came up with — a down and dirty, no-nonsense, well-priced, medium- to full-bodied cigar."

Benchmade is constructed with mixed filler tobacco components held together by a double binder. Although the center of the cigar is packed with medium filler (a mix of long and short filler) the ends, according to Levin, are made with three-quarter-filler to help ensure that tobacco does not fall out of the foot, or that a smoker will not get tobacco flakes in his mouth.

For more on this story, see the June 3 issue of Cigar Insider.