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ASHTON VIRGIN SUN GROWN  SPELLBOUND

ASHTON VIRGIN SUN GROWN SPELLBOUND


The Ashton Virgin Sun Grown, or VSG, sparked a trend among American consumers for power cigars when they came to market in 1999. There were strong cigars on the market prior to the Fuentemade VSG—namely the Fuente Fuente OpusX—but the success of VSG sent cigarmakers to their tobacco suppliers, hoping to duplicate the strength. Featuring streaky, dark and oily wrappers from Ecuador (which are more cloudgrown than sun-grown) and a powerful blend that doesn't taste very Dominican, the box-pressed VSGs were superb at their debut and remain so now, consistently scoring well in blind tastings. The Spellbound is literally a mouthful, 7 1/2 inches long and 54 ring, and loads the palate with leathery, cedary smoke. Despite Ashton's best efforts to increase production, the VSG line remains in short supply.

SCORE
93
points
COUNTRY
Dominican Republic
GAUGE
54 54
STRENGTH

Details

Body:


Size: Double Corona


Ring Gauge: 54


Length: 7 1/2"


Filler: Dom. Rep.


Binder: Dom. Rep.


Wrapper: Ecuador


Issue Cigar Aficionado – January 1, 2005


Price: $12.50


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Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
  • Classic: 95-100
  • Outstanding: 90-94
  • Very good to excellent: 80-89
  • Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
  • Don't waste your money: 0-69
100-Point Scale