Our Score 2.5 out of 5 stars (2.5 / 5)

  • RH – 69% for 3 Weeks
  • MSRP – $6
  • Smoke Time – 55 Minutes
  • Wrapper – Connecticut Shade
  • Binder – Dominican
  • Filler – Dominican
  • Length – 5.5
  • Ring Gauge – 44
  • Vitola – Corona

Initial Reactions and Appearance

Ashton Classic Corona has a light wrapper with no imperfections and no large veins. It smells a bit sweet, and the unlit draw gives off some honey-like flavor.

First Third

There are no distinguishable flavors on the first third, but it is a little bitter. The bitterness settles down partway into the first third, and a sweetness hangs out in the back. There’s potential there, but not a whole lot going on. The burn and draw are on point, there’s a little pepper on the retrohale, and the flavors begin to develop into some subtle notes of wood.

Second Third

Aside from a little pepper on the retrohale, there’s not much going on with Ashton Classic Corona’s second third. All of the sweetness has completely disappeared.

The burn remains decent into the second third. There’s nothing offensive about Ashton Classic Corona, it’s just kind of bland and run-of-the-mill. No touch-ups were required during my smoke.

Final Third

Absolutely no change. The subtle notes of wood are still there, as well as the pepper on the retrohale. As before, it’s inoffensive–just not a whole lot of flavor. The final third of Ashton Classic Corona builds toward the end to give off a little bit more of the wood from before, but it’s not much.

Would I Smoke Ashton Classic Corona Again?

There are better cigars to choose from at this price point. I would smoke Ashton Classic Corona again if it was my third or fourth cigar of the day when my palate is already torched, but I would not buy it again. This is a good cigar for people who don’t really smoke cigars–there’s not a lot of nicotine, it has good construction, it’s easy to smoke, and it’s inoffensiveness makes it approachable to someone new to smoking.

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