Cigar Review: Ashton VSG Wizard 37

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The VSG

If I asked you when the Ashton VSG was initially launched, you would be shocked to know that it was in 1999. You would never think that a cigar that has been on the market for over a decade would still be as popular as it is. This is a cigar that is always in high demand, considered top of the line, and is over a decade old. More often than not it is cigars that are brand new that are very popular, and after a year or two they slowly fades away to the more recent releases. This has not been the case with the VSG, and that is also the case with the Padron Serie 1926, the Padron Anniversary 1964, and the Fuente Fuente Opus X. The reason for that is that all of these cigars are classics. These are cigars that I believe will always be at the head of the pack, and always deliver. I will not be surprised if in ten years this cigar is still as good as it is now. I have always enjoyed the VSG line, and beside the Ashton ESG, it is the best cigar in the Ashton Portfolio. I have reviewed the Eclipse vitola in the VSG line some months ago and I found it to be exceptional, but let us look at the Wizard 37. Check out my past review here.       The Wizard 37 is the largest cigar in the VSG line and it measures 6″ with a 56 ring gauge. The cigar is covered in an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper that is grown in Ecuador by the Oliva Family exclusively for Ashton. The wrapper is taken from the highest primings and is slowly matured by sunlight that breaks through the natural cloud cover.. Under the wrapper is a Dominican binder and Dominican fillers that have all been aged for 4 to 5 years. I really am a big fan of Ecuadorian Sumatra wrappers, and the Oliva Family does incredible job in their growing of tobacco. The cigar has a beautiful oily wrapper that is on the Colorado side of coloring. The cigar itself has a beautiful marbled brown coloring to it. Holding the foot of the cigar to my nose I am greeted with notes of stone fruit, chocolate, barnyard and spice. As I light up the cigar I am immediately greeted with rich flavors. The cigar is burning perfectly and producing a great amount of smoke. I am picking up notes of cherries, leather, spice, wood and chocolate. As I said earlier the cigar is very rich, and rolled perfectly. The burn line on the cigar is perfect so far, and it is leaving a great light gray ash, it is a firm ash and very sturdy on the cigar. I would say the cigar is between a medium and medium-full in strength, but so smooth and producing a great amount of thick smoke.   When I get into the second third of the cigar I am still experiencing some wonderful flavors. There is an emergence of rich earth and coffee beans in this third, and with all chocolate, leather, cherry and spice notes from the first third this cigar is a bomb. I have hit the sweet spot to this cigar in the third, and I am loving it. If this cigar was a littler stronger in terms of strength I would say I would be smoking a Cuban Ramon Allones or Cuban Partagas, but this is smoother then those two. The burn on this cigar is still great, and I am still holding on to the ash from the first third. The smoke is so thick I can blow great rings, and I could put this cigar down now and be happy. This is the cream of the crop right now.   I am in the final third now, and the flavors are back to that of the first third. I have lost that sweet spot from the second third, but this cigar is still smoking great and don’t think I am not loving this cigar. The cherry and chocolate notes are definitely at the forefront in this third, and that is a great thing. It has a nice rich finish of wood and leather, and a strong bit of spice with that. The cigar is around a medium full in this third, and when I put it down it is still smoking very smoothly. The burn line was perfect to the end, and the ash was as gorgeous as ever as well. A great cigar with a great finish.   This cigar smoked wonderfully and I am glad that I had a VSG again. I get carried away in reviewing cigars from time to time that I forget to smoke some old favorites. It was a little bit bigger than I prefer with my cigars, but it was constructed very well and was never dull. It captured all those great flavors you get with a VSG, and I imagine those who love the VSG’s and love big ring gauge cigars go crazy over these smokes. I give this cigar a solid 91. It is not my favorite vitola in the line, but it is still wonderful and flavorful. I imagine most of us have smoked VSG’s in our smoking history, but if you haven’t you really should pick some up. It is definitely one of Ashton’s more popular smokes, and there is a reason for that.

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The Wizard 37

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