We made our way back to the Ashton booth on the third day of IPCPR to talk to Mark Goldacker about the latest in the world of Ashton. The first thing we cover is the new size of the San Cristobal Quintessence, the Corona Gorda. (The original line of four sizes was introduced last year.) The blend is the same, an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and filler. The new size retails for $8.25, plus applicable taxes.
A third size was added to the San Cristobal Ovation, a belicoso called Eminence (5 3/4 x 54) which retails for $14. Mark has high praised for this cigar and its double-fermented San Andres wrapper.
Along the way we also talk a little about the La Aroma De Cuba Noblesse, which started off with a Toro size three years ago, and has had robusto and belicoso sizes added recently. And the Ashton Symmetry, a cigar that was release two years ago, but one with an interesting story. Carlito Fuente spent about four and a half years working on the Symmetry and the blend uses Nicaraguan tobacco, the first Ashton cigar to do so.