Ashton Estate Sun Grown Cigar
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Robert Levin and Carlos Fuente Jr. have teamed up to create the Ashton Estate Sun Grown, or ESG for short. Such a special occasion called for a very special cigar. The ESG uses a unique Dominican wrapper grown on the Chateau de la Fuente farm in the Dominican Republic. This wrapper has never been used on any other cigar. The blend is the creation of Carlos Fuente Jr. who is a master blender and has created the most sought after cigars in the world. With ESG the bar has been raised once again.
Ashton cigars come in a host of styles, from the considerably mild (Ashton Classic) to the seriously strong (Ashton Virgin Sun Grown). Closer in strength to the latter are Ashton Estate Sun Growns.
The brand was originally conceived as a way to celebrate Ashton's 20th anniversary, which was in 2005. The first cigar came out a year late, due to limits on their production by Tabacalera A. Fuente. The cigar is made with a very rare wrapper, a sun-grown, Cuban-seed leaf from Chateau de la Fuente, the home of Fuente Fuente OpusX (which is made from leaves grown under shade). ESGs can have a mellow start but they typically pick up in strength, leading brand owner Robert Levin to dub them "the Velvet Hammer" due to their sneaky strength.