A while back Ben did a review of the Ashton product La Aroma de Cuba. Originally Ashton had two lines in the La Aroma de Cuba stable manufactured by two different factories. The original line that Ben reviewed was made in Honduras and the blend I have today, the Edicion Especial, is made in Nicaragua by Don “Pepin” Garcia.
Since Bens review, Ashton has moved the original La Aroma de Cuba line to Pepin’s factory in Nicaragua and changed the blend. Look for that review in the future. As for the Edicion Especial, Ashton’s website had the following to say:
“La Aroma De Cuba Edicion Especial is a wonderful new cigar manufactured in Nicaragua by Jose “Pepin” Garcia. Handcrafted in small batch fashion by a select group of master rollers, this is a cigar for the connoisseur with a seasoned palate. The flavors within this cigar are tremendously complex.
“Beautiful, seamless, pumpkin-colored wrappers embrace an enchanting Cubanesque blend of rich, well-aged Nicaraguan tobaccos. These wrappers are cultivated in Ecuador under direct sunlight from Cuban seeds. The flavors are medium to full-bodied, rich and zesty. Hearty notes of earth and cedar are accompanied by lighter notes of leather and cinnamon.”
Lets see how this smoke stands up to Ashton’s claims and how it compares to the original line.
Note: I was a friggin mess in the first segment as I say that this stick is 5” x 50 instead of 6” x 50 and one time I call it La Aurora de Cuba instead of La Aroma de Cuba. Oh well what can I say? I’m an idiot.