Monday, November 4, 2013

History Series: Ashton Cigars

The name Ashton Cigars is synonymous with quality, craftsmanship, and premium cigars. It was founded in 1985 by Robert Levin, a second generation tobacconist. Ashton Cigars has grown to be one of the finest cigar brands in the world. Mr. Levin got his start in the industry as not only a tobacconist, but also worked as an importer. After years of obtaining insightful knowledge about the industry, Robert decided it was time for him to launch his own brand. Ashton Cigars was born.

Taking all of the knowledge that he had learned as a retailer and importer, Robert sought out a manufacturer who could produce the quality cigars that he wanted to create. His journey for this quest took him to the Fuente Family. Seeing the quality and consistency of cigars that the Fuente family was producing, Robert quickly settled on them and began the long process of creating the first line of cigars to bare the Ashton name.

Today, Ashton Cigars has grown and now is offered in six very different blends. Some of which come in up to thirteen different sizes. Ashton Cigars has gone on to produce a vast array of cigars, one of those is the Cabinet Selection. It's a vintage limited-edition cigar that has undergone an extensive aging process that lasts as long as five years. In 1999, Ashton unveiled its VSG line (Virgin Sun Grown) that is full-bodied and loaded with a bouquet of flavors. Cigar insider has given this line of cigars numerous 90 plus ratings, making it one of the most successful cigar lines from Ashton.

Then in 2003, the Ashton Heritage Puro Sol was released. It has received high marks for its quality craftsmanship and premium tobacco. On its release, Cigar Insider gave it a 90 rating. This continued the 90 plus rating streak that Ashton Cigars continues to receive to this day. The cigar features a gorgeous African Cameroon wrapper; it's the first to do so in the company's history. This cigar is a collaboration of two industry giants, the The Fuentes and The Meerapfels families.

For its 20th Anniversary, Ashton released the Ashton Estate Sun Grown, a rare exclusive limited-edition cigar blended by Carlos Fuente Jr. The wrapper for this cigar is grown on the Chateau de la Fuente farm and is a one-of-a-kind.

Since the inception of the Ashton brand and their partnership with the Fuente family, Ashton Cigars has partnered with another industry giant, Don Pepin Garcia to create the San Cristobal cigar line. This cigar line has received high marks from industry leaders as well as from the cult following it has obtained.

It's clear to see that with a dedication to quality, flavor, and craftsmanship, Ashton Cigars is truly one of the premier cigar companies in the industry today. Their premium lines of cigars have truly entered the halls of cigar history. For the past 27 years, we've enjoyed the pleasures of smoking the fruits of hard labor by Mr. Robert Levin.

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