This cigar has such class and character, words can hardly do it justice. I think cigarfan of the [url=http://cigarfan.wordpress.com/][color=darkred:99a73e13f6]Keepers of the Flame[/color:99a73e13f6][/url] weblog couched it best as he writes, [i:99a73e13f6][b:99a73e13f6]"This is a powerful but graceful cigar." [/b:99a73e13f6][/i:99a73e13f6][url=http://cigarfan.wordpress.com/2006/10/01/ashton-virgin-sun-grown-belicoso-no-1/][color=darkred:99a73e13f6]His review of the Belicoso No. 1[/color:99a73e13f6][/url] has more on the background and composition of this exquisite cigar for your reading pleasure.
There is a size to fit everyone. A little pricey for everyday. Online they run $7.50 to $12.50 per stick when buying a box and at B&Ms I have seen the larger sizes run upwards of $20 a stick.
4.4 x 44 Tres Mystique
4.4 x 60 Enchantment
5.3 x 52 Belicoso No. 1
5.5 x 50 Robusto
5.8 x 46 Corona Gorda
6.5 x 44 Illusion
6.5 x 55 Torpedo
7.0 x 49 Sorcerer
7.5 x 54 Spellbound
I have smoked the Belicoso No. 1, Robusto, Corona Gorda and Torpedo sizes and find the Robusto is best suited to me. The most flavor coupled with the right length smoke. The torpedo was still going at an hour and 45 minutes and my head just couldn't take it any longer. Can't imagine trying to get through the Spellbound.
My robusto had about 9 months of age of it. Pre-light, the cigar did not have very much aroma. Maybe a little peppery. Feel is firm and very light in the hand. Wrapper is a dark mottled color with some minor veins. Light and draw were very easy. The draw so much so, it made me tend to smoke it too fast. Had to make a conscious effort to slow down. Lite bite is significant for the first inch or so but then settled in nicely. The flavor profile is heavy with emphasis on bitter dark chocolate and espresso beans. Many hints and notes of other flavors (toasted caramel, cedar wood, leather and earth) throughout the smoke. About as complex a smoke as I have had. Although full bodied and powerful, this cigar was easy to enjoy to the nub. Very nice nose after the lite bite calmed down. Absolutely one of my favorite cigars.
The Ashton VSG is a little hard to come by, but the chase is well worth it. If you enjoy a full flavored cigar and can handle a little kick, this one is top notch. Even if your preference is medium strength, this stick is so "graceful" you may hardly notice the potency (until your body starts tingling).