When the great American cigar boom got underway in the 1990s, the Ashton brand really took off. One of the primary reasons for this success was its "Classic" line of cigars, which to this day remain highly revered.
With their buttery, Connecticut shade-grown wrappers, and immaculate tasting Dominican filler and binder, the Ashton Classic is one of those cigars that truly has lived up to its name.
Being that it's been a hot minute since I last puffed on one of these resplendent cigars, I revisited Ashton's Classic line, this time opting to smoke the "Prime Minister" form of the traditional Churchill cigar type.
At first glance, the "Prime Minister" appears to hit the Churchill cigar stereotype straight on the nose in regard to size. However, unlike the regular Churchill version of the Ashton Classic, which has a 52 ring gauge and a 7.5-inch length, this variant sports a 48 ring-gauge and is 6.88-inches long.
The unlit nose on this particular premium cigar blend is a true delight. A tangy, marmalade-like aroma is accompanied by hints of toasted whole-grain bread fresh from the oven and generously buttered. Very enticing all around.
Sliding into the first half of an Ashton Classic is like easing into a warm bubble bath. You never think you really need one until full submersion has been achieved.
Those unlit hints of buttered toast, citrus, honey, and vanilla all immediately come parading across the palate. It's a very welcoming start to a mild cigar that is anything but boring.
Ash / Burn / Smoke / Draw
Burn rates were even, but progressed slightly quicker than expected and ran a little hot. Probably due to the narrower ring-gauge of the cigar.
Smoke was in ample supply, and provided a very rounded mouthfeel with a medium-length finish and a clean aftertaste.
The draw was spot-on throughout.
|Cigar||Ashton Classic "Prime Minister" Churchill Natural|
|Pairing Drink||Japanese Grapefruit Soda|