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Monday, 28 June 2010

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ashtonagedmaduro Today we have two differing cigars to review. First is the refined Aged Maduro #10 from Ashton. Following it up will be the full-bodied stick from La Flor Dominicana that has a rather intimidating name: the Air Bender Matatan.

Ashton Aged Maduro #10

Ashton is one brand that is well-known for putting quality premium cigars onto store shelves. Their cigars have also gained a reputation for being packed with flavor. The Aged Maduro line is said to be no different, and is manufactured at the renowned Chateau de la Fuente in the Dominican Republic.

The Aged Maduro #10 measures 5 x 50. The line is also offered in plenty of other sizes to suit different tastes: the 4 3/8x 44 #15, the 5 1/2x 44 #20, the 6 x 50 #40, the 6 x 52 Pyramid, the 6 x 56 #56, the 6 3/4x 44 #30, the 7 x 48 #50, the and the 7 1/2x 52 #60. The cigar has an aged filler from the Dominican Republic. The binder is Dominican too, and it is completed by a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. The wrapper is the highlight of the cigar, as it is very limited and only the best of the harvest is selected to be used with the cigar. According to Ashton, the wrapper is even more special as it is aged in Sherry finished French oak barrels that give the cigar extra flavor. The Aged Maduro is listed as being medium-bodied in strength.

Looking at the cigar, one cannot help but notice just how dark it is. The cigar's wrapper almost appears black in color, and it has an oily sheen that is very visible under light. Some large veins dot the #10's body. A large decorative band lies near the head that has the Ashton name in the middle and the words “Imported” and “Made by Hand” as well. The band's color scheme has some gold and black color, but is predominantly white and really contrasts nicely with the ultra-dark wrapper. Feeling the cigar reveals plenty of firmness, indicating that it is well-packed. Before smoking, the #10 has an earthy scent, while its cold taste is sweet.

As one would expect from a cigar made by Ashton, the Aged Maduro #10 smokes beautifully. It stays even on its own until the end, without the need for any touch-ups or re-lights. The draw is very good, and the solid white ash that is formed looks good against the cigar's dark exterior.






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