Sadly this Ashton Estate Sun Grown ESG #21 Year Salute Robusto came from a time before I used the CigarGeeks online humidor to manage my inventory. Although it does take some attention to detail, I think I would be lost at this point trying to keep track of various cigars, their costs, purchase dates and where the cigar originated from.
Cedar, barnyard and hints of pepper combine for an intriguing nose here.
This Ashton Estate Sun Grown ESG #21 Year Salute comes in the Robusto vitola measuring 5 1/4” by 52 ring gauge. There is a flat vein running the length of the wrapper. There is some damage near the cap and foot, unfortunately as a result of a drop while migrating from my old humidor to my new Remington cabinet.
This cigar was created by Robert Levin and Carlos Fuente Jr. as an anniversary cigar to celebrate 20 years of success for Ashton. This Ashton Estate Sun Grown uses a unique Dominican wrapper, grown on the Chateau de la Fuente farm in the Dominican Republic, that has never been used on any other line of cigar. There were 5 lines created in total, 20 through 24 year salutes in Churchill (2006), Robusto (2007), Torpedo (2008), Toro (2009) and a double-tapered Perfecto for 2013.
Chocolate with a creamy mouthfeel post-draw. There is some pepper present, and the strength doesn’t hit on the initial draw but a minute afterwards. I would describe the initial pepper strength as light and the lingering strength to be medium.
There are some dry earthy flavors coming through about 10 minutes in, but they are not very intense.
Some fairly medium bodied earth and wet leather going into the second third. I was really enjoying the first third, but the flavor profile in the second is not really to my liking. The leather drops off in intensity at the mid point, but the earth remains unchanged.
Very light spice in the final third. The leather that fell off in intensity moves into the medium-full level of strength for the last third.
The burn was nice and even from start to finish. The Ashton ESG was cut with a guillotine cutter and the draw was slightly open. Total smoking time was approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.
The Ashton Estate Sun Grown ESG #21 Year Salute Robusto, like the others from this line, are produced in limited quantities. As a result cost is into the high end of the premium cigar end. Singles of these are around $17.50. Boxes of 25 are around $427. These are definitely priced out of the market for a lot of aficionados but may appeal to those attracted to limited release cigars.
The Ashton ESG had me eager to light up after nosing it. The first third was very enjoyable, but the second and final thirds were not what I typically enjoy. If you enjoy a flavor profile in the medium to medium-full strength of earth and leather, this would be an excellent, albeit pricey, choice for you. I would qualify these into the category of celebratory cigars. After researching the Ashton Estate Sun Grown ESG Year Salute line I’m curious to try out the other years to compare to the #21 Year Salute.