Sometimes I find a cigar in my humidor that I’m surprised I haven’t reviewed yet. The San Cristobal from Ashton is one of those cigars. When it was released in 2007 i was immediately drawn to the cigar by it’s beautiful and intricate band. then I realized it was made by Don Pepin Garcia for Ashton which heightened my curiosity.
Name: San Cristobal
Comes in: Box of 22
Vitola: Clasico (5″ x 50 Robusto)
The San Cristobal is a solid full-bodied and full-flavored cigar. Not only is the flavor profile enjoyable, but it’s also well balanced. The combination of coffee and coccoa provide a rubust flavor with a slight and pleasant bitterness. However, as the smoke lingered in my mouth I began to pick up a sweet hay flavor. The smoke was very smooth and only revealed a black pepper note through the retro-hale. In addition to the flavor the cigar was constructed well, provided a strong sturdy ash and produced tons of smoke. I did give the burn line one minor touch-up but suspect it was not absolutely necessary.
Overall the San Cristobal gets my recommendation. It’s not the best cigar in the $8 price range, but it’s well worth the price.