6 Feb 2008
There’s something satisfying about smoking a cigar bearing the name of one of Winston Churchill’s favorites, even if the appellation and the packaging are about all they share.
The current incarnation, introduced in 2002 by Ashton, is made in Honduras with a wrapper and a binder from that country. The filler is a mixture of Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos.
They produce a fine cigar. Construction, as with most cigars connected to Ashton, is first-rate. The wrapper is dark, the ash tight, and the draw nearly perfect. The cigar burns slowly and produces volumes of smoke, even a little too much when the stick is resting in the ashtray.
Strength on the Monarch (six inches with a 50 ring gauge) was medium with an abundance of flavor. If you find what I did, you’ll taste coffee, leather, and a bit of toast. Occasionally, spice moves in and out to keep it even more interesting.
The Monarch sells for a little over $100 for a box of 25 and five packs can be had for around $25.
I usually remove a cigar’s band before I light up, but in this case you might want to leave it on. It is a detailed, embossed beauty worthy of continuing admiration.
I feel the same way about the cigar and therefore give it a rating of three and ½ out of five stogies.
photo credit: Ashton Cigars