Ashton Cabinet Selection Belicosa, A Review by Ken York

by Ken York on July 10, 2014

Ashton Cabinet Selection premiered in 1985 and was immediately recognized as an excellent cigar.  It gets its rich and complex taste from Dominican fillers aged 4-5 years.  Its Connecticut Shade wrapper is aged an extra year and makes for a dynamic combination. Since making its debut it continues to be made to exacting standards and has lost nothing over the years. The Ashton Cabinet Selection is known for its aging process and comes in a wide range of sizes.  Developed by Arturo Fuente, the construction is excellent and the cigars deliver from first to last puff.  The cigar is a classic.

The smell and feel when you first examine it says quality. The classic band is beautiful. The ash is white and solid. It hits all three notes and maintains a great flavor.  The Dominican spiciness in the tobacco comes through and sits well in your mouth. It’s a smooth and creamy smoke with tastes of wood and pepper in the background with a touch of citrus at the end. The cigar builds until the end but at no point becomes harsh. It’s a relatively mild cigar meant to relax and enjoy with a good whiskey. This is a cigar I pull out after finishing a hard day and looking forward to a relaxing cigar. The price is a little high, but where else are you going to find this quality aged tobacco for under $10.

 

Factor

Description

Possible Score

Score

Construction Fresh out of the humidor, how does the cigar look? Are large veins evident in the wrapper? Does the cigar have a firm feel to it?

1-15

15

Band Is the band an embarrassment that you wouldn’t want to smoke in public?

1-5

5

First Puff How satisfying is the very first puff of the cigar?

1-10

9

Draw Can the cigar be smoked without strain? Does it burn up too quickly?

1-15

14

Flavor Does it achieve all three notes? Does the flavor come through to the smoker sufficiently?

1-20

18

Aroma Is the aroma of the cigar while burning fragrant or offensive?

1-10

9

Ash/Burn Does the cigar produce a solid ash? Is it flaky? Does it canoe?

1-10

9

Value Bucks per puff. For the enjoyment is the cigar reasonably priced?

1-15

12

 

Possible Score

100

91

 

About Ken York

Ken York has written 18 posts in this blog.

Ken York is an international cigar writer. He was the unofficial travel correspondent for Cigar Magazine, which is now defunct (not his fault). His friends refer to him as the Dos Equis guy due to his wide range of experiences: Army, Air Force (with a week on an aircraft carrier too), linguist, reporter, actor, author, and he even has a bug named for him: Isoneuromyia yorki Evenhuis, a Vietnames predatory fungus gnat. He prefers medium-bodied cigar with a nice single-malt highlands scotch.

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