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Monday, 29 July 2013

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A new week is upon us and we are kicking it off here on Puff.com with two cigar reviews.  First up is the Ashton Virgin Sun Grown Tres Mystique, which will be followed by the Espinosa Maduro.

Ashton Virgin Sun Grown Tres Mystique

Ashton is a well-respected brand known for putting out quality cigars, and its Virgin Sun Grown line, or VSG, is one of its most popular selections.  Carlos Fuente Jr. is the man responsible for blending the line, and the final result is said to be both powerful and rich.  For this review, I’ll be smoking the Tres Mystique, which is a smaller cigar that’s supposedly ideal for a quick smoke.  Can this little cigar pack a punch?  It’s time to light it up and find out.

The Ashton Virgin Sun Grown Tres Mystique measures in at 4 3/8 44.  It’s the smallest format in the line, and there are several other options.  In fact, including the Tres Mystique, there are 12 formats in all in the VSG line, with the largest being the 7 ½ x 54 Spellbound.  The interior of the VSG is made up of six Cuban Seed Dominican fillers as well as some Ligero leaf that adds complexity to the flavor.  An aged Ecuadorian wrapper completes the composition, and Ashton calls it the highlight of the cigar due to its distinct flavor.  As mentioned earlier, the VSG is considered to be a powerful cigar, and it’s listed as being full-bodied in strength.

The most obvious thing that stands out when looking at the Virgin Sun Grown Tres Mystique is its rather petite size. The box-pressed shape is also noticeable and looks to be executed perfectly. The dark brown wrapper is slightly oily and is smooth overall. Only a few minor veins run throughout the body. I see no major imperfections and the cigar feels firm to the touch with very little give when pressed. The band near the head displays the Ashton VSG name and the words “Virgin Sun Grown”.   The ornate graphics and size of the band are certainly good enough to catch the eye.  As I take a whiff of the VSG Tres Mystique I am greeted by a spicy scent and an earthy cold taste.

After striking the Ashton VSG Tres Mystique with my lighter, it’s nothing but smooth sailing. The burn is perfect. No touch-ups are required at all.  The cigar also stays lit on its own. The draw is as good as one could hope for. There’s also plenty of smoke that comes out of this little cigar.  Solid gray ash is produced.   All in all, there are no complaints in this department.






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