Written by Puff Staff

Monday, 18 October 2010

User Rating: / 4

ashtonashton vsg eclipse
gran habano azteca jaguarratings and scores

After lighting it up, the Eclipse burns as one would expect a premium cigar should. Long white ash is formed. The draw is a tad tight at the beginning, but it slowly eases up. The burn remains even, and it does not require any touch-ups. The same holds true for re-lights, as the Eclipse burns strong on its own until finished.

The flavor of the VSG Eclipse is, to put it simply, out of this world. The cigar is very complex and feels as if you are having a meal or dessert rather than a smoke. Black pepper is the first note that is distinguishable. Next comes a rich chocolate flavor that is delicious. Notes of coffee, cream, and a pleasant sweetness also join in.

Ashton's VSG Eclipse definitely lived up to the hype. From the beginning, it was impressive with its packaging and construction. This continued with the burn and the excellent array of flavors. Those who love complexity and cigars packed with flavor should definitely enjoy the VSG. The only downside is that these cigars are not cheap, with a single hovering around the $12 mark. If you are weary of spending that much for cigars regularly, at least pick up a single. It's doubtful you will regret it. Better yet, if you have some cash to splurge, go a head and pick up a pack of five or six, or go all out and get a box of 24.

The Ashton VSG Eclipse is as good as it gets and earns a rating of four out of four stars.

Gran Habano Azteca Jaguar


Gran Habano released its Azteca line this year to offer smokers a cigar with plenty of flavor. It's the first Maduro release from the brand, and it was given the Azteca name to reflect the heritage of the nation where most of its tobacco comes from: Mexico.

The Azteca Jaguar measures 6 x 54. The line also comes in two other sizes at the moment: the 5 1/2 x 52 Aguila and the 6 x 60 Puma. As you can see, Gran Habano elected to go with names of Aztec-themed animals for each size. The cigar features a filler blend of tobaccos from Panama and Nicaragua. It also has a binder and wrapper of the Mexican San Andreas Maduro variety. In terms of strength, the Azteca line is said to be full-bodied.

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