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Saturday, June 10, 2017

San Cristobal Revelation - Cigar Review

Ashton Cigars
San Cristobal Revelation
5 1/4 x 54 Prophet

Well-built and performing, with a slight wobble to burn and thick-ish mascara-line. Tawari honey. Soft, pale nutmeg and white pepper-led piquancy of nigh exotic lilt. A balancing creaminess of a Caucasian dairy persuasion. A soft nuttiness and suede laid over-top its earthen under-belly. White mocha hither and tither. Complex and smoov. 

Pepper/spice goes mainly to a kindly retro-hale. Burn-line evens-up. Draw is even nigh sans resistance. Excellent aroma. Cream mounts. A natural inherently sweet tobacco core doth form. Nuts are cashew paste and white mocha is more of a medium roasted cream and sugar thing. Rich, robust. Kind, balanced. Cedar.

Ash builds in a heather-grey stack-a'-dimes, holding each third. Shaft oils. Seams remain invisible 'nuff. Draw is cool to tooth-pick'd nub. Finish is a moderate length with much complexity, neat-O crisp tongue tingle. Ends cleanly. White chocolate, pale ginger, mo' tawari (butterscotch vibed) honey. Graham cracker pie crust. Apple core.

A 90-100
B 80-89
C 70-79
D 60-69
F 0-59
WRAPPER: Ecuadorian Sumatra
BINDER: Nicaraguan
FILLER: Nicaraguan

ORIGIN: Nicaragua
PROCURED: Cigars on 7th
"Beautiful Ecuador Sumatra wrappers harbor a marvelous prowess with inherent medium-bodied strength in San Cristobal Revelation. Decadent caramel and almond notes coax sweet coffee and cinnamon to agree. Signature Nicaraguan spices activate a creamy setting, granting sugar and nutmeg hints center-stage. Four boxed-pressed sizes, plus two round, big ring-gauge additions express the blend diversely. San Cristobal Revelation demonstrates evolution in Ashton's Nicaraguan portfolio, where balance between subtlety and emphasis is the chief surprise." Ashton website.

Cigar Aficionado deemed the Revelation worthy of a 90-rating, with tasting notes of: "Abundant notes of caramel, nuts and toasted wood all recur on the finish. The cigar smokes evenly and is nota- bly [sic] aromatic as it burns." (6/1/14 issue.)