Cigar Aficionado

Ashton Estate Sun Grown 20-Year-Salute
Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
49 49
Tasting Note
When Ashton brand owner Robert Levin spoke about his newest cigar at the CIGAR AFICIONADO Las Vegas Big Smoke in November, you could hear the weariness in his voice. All Ashtons are made by Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia., and getting new Ashtons is no easy task. The Ashton Estate Sun Grown 20-Year-Salute is a 6 3/4 by 49 cigar made to celebrate Ashton's 20-year anniversary, which was in 2005. The cigar came out a year late, due to the rarity of its wrapper: it's a sungrown, Cuban-seed leaf from Chateau de la Fuente, which has never been used on a commercially available cigar. (The farm's shade-grown wrapper is used on the Fuente Fuente OpusX.) The ESG is dark and alluring, and has a mellow start that can fool a smoker into thinking it's not that strong, which could be a mistake. Levin says it's been dubbed the Velvet Hammer due to its sneaky strength, as the cigar packs a stealthy punch at about the one-third mark. It's a strong,
Size Churchill
Ring Gauge 49
Length 6 3/4"
Filler Dom. Rep.
Binder Dom. Rep.
Wrapper Dom. Rep.
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Jan 01, 2007
Price $18.00
Designation Top 25 of 2006 | Rank: 8
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Insider: Jul 24, 2018 | Score: 90

This good-looking Churchill has a lush draw and even burn. Its smoke shows notes of cinnamon and almond complemented by touches of baked apple and cloves.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Sep 23, 2014 | Score: 89

Draped in an oily Colorado wrapper, this Churchill delivers ample smoke. Its salty, mineral character is spiced up with a piquant note and a touch of sharp wood.

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