Gift Wrappers (and Fillers and Binders): One Size Fits All

EPC La Historia Regalias d’Celia In 2009, Ernesto Perez-Carrillo moved on from his La Gloria Cubana brand and formed EPC Cigar Company. Five years later he created La Historia—a line of full-bodied, box-pressed cigars—to honor his family. The latest addition to that line, Regalias d’Celia (a 5 7/8 × 58 torpedo), pays tribute to his […]

Day and Night

Ashton Symmetry This medium-strong to full-bodied cigar is the first new Ashton release in a decade and the brand’s first to contain Nicaraguan filler tobaccos. Blended by Carlos Fuente Jr., the Symmetry combines tobaccos from Chateau de la Fuente and Villa Gonzalez in the Dominican Republic and Fuente’s Un Buen Vecino farm in Nicaragua. It […]

Holiday Lights

Much like the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, the market for top-quality cigars this holiday season is defined by three themes: the past, the present, and the future. Through the handiwork of such brands as Avo, Arturo Fuente, L’Atelier, and Cubano Limitado, smokers are once again enjoying thin and elegant lanceros, a classic cigar […]

Holiday Stars: Nicaragua

ASHTON SAN CRISTOBAL REVELATION The only new cigar to be introduced by Ashton this year features an Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper, the same oily leaf found on the company’s best-selling VSG (Virgin Sun Grown) brand. But the Revelation’s wrapper is harvested from a lower portion of the plant, giving it a slightly lighter hue and taste. […]

Ecuador Meets Nicaragua

San Cristobal was introduced a few years ago as a collaboration between Ashton—one of the most innovative of today’s cigar companies—and José “Pepin” Garcia, a respected former Cuban torcedor who went on to achieve fame as a Nicaraguan cigar maker. The original San Cristobal, a Nicaraguan puro, quickly confirmed Garcia’s reputation, and became one of […]

Ashton La Aroma de Cuba

Characteristics The Connecticut broadleaf wrapper and Nicaraguan filler and binder give this cigar a chocolatey-buttery complexity, with a long finish that is perfect for a small-batch bourbon like Blanton’s or Knob Creek. Insider’s Tip Although the Honduran version of this brand has been around for a few years, it is now being made by Pepin […]

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