Our History

Below is a visual timeline of the history of Ashton.  Since the beginning, the goal of Ashton has been to produce the finest cigars in the world made with respect to the highest standards of quality, consistency and excellence.  Take a trip down memory lane and revisit some of Ashton’s most distinguished moments through the years.


Ashton is born...

1985 marks the birth of Ashton cigars.  The original Ashton is released in 6 sizes: 8-9-8, Churchill, Corona, Panatela, Prime Minister and Sovereign.  Today, these 6 classic sizes remain an essential cornerstone to the Ashton portfolio.

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Ashton Aged Maduro & Ashton Cabinet Selection debut

In 1988, Ashton launches two of its finest and most beloved cigars: Ashton Aged Maduro and Ashton Cabinet Selection.

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Enter the boom...

1993 marks the beginning of the era known as
the Cigar Boom.  During this time, cigars enjoy
unprecedented fanfare and popularity.  In this
same year, Cigar Aficionado magazine publishes its premiere issue in which Ashton took out a half-page advertisement.  Ashton's inaugural advertising campaign features the timeless
slogan, "Uncompromising Quality."


Ashton VSG is released

In 1999, Ashton launches the legendary Ashton Virgin Sun Grown (VSG).  One of the first full-bodied cigars to hit the market, Ashton VSG is greeted with immediate and overwhelming success.  To this day, Ashton VSG continues its 15-year reign as one of the "Top 5" most sought-after cigars in the world.

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La Aroma de Cuba
is born...

An old Cuban brand from the
late 1800s, La Aroma de Cuba
was abandoned and off the
market for more than 100
years.  In 2002, courtesy of
Ashton, La Aroma de Cuba is
reborn into the modern era of
cigars.  The original artwork
was recovered and salvaged to
preserve the brand's rich
history and vintage Cuban


Ashton Heritage Puro Sol is released

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Ashton ESG debuts

In 2005, Ashton celebrates its 20th Anniversary with the release of the inaugural size of Ashton Estate Sun Grown (ESG).  The highly acclaimed, widely celebrated Ashton ESG now includes 5 sizes and features an ultra-rare Dominican sun grown wrapper.


San Cristobal is born...

In 2007, the original San Cristobal is released.


La Aroma de Cuba Edicion Especial is released

2008 marks the debut of La Aroma de Cuba Edicion Especial.  Also in 2008, Cigar Aficionado
garnishes La Aroma de Cuba Edicion Especial
with a 93-rating and awards it the
"#4 Cigar of the Year."


Milestone Achievement

In 2008, Cigar Aficionado names Ashton one of the "Top 5 Cigar Brands" in the world.


La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor
is released


San Cristobal Elegancia is released


The #2 Cigar of the Year!

In 2011, Cigar Aficionado awards the hot-selling La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor with an epic 95-rating and crowns it the "#2 Cigar of the Year."


The 10th Anniversary of
La Aroma de Cuba

2012 marks the 10th Anniversary of
the rebirth of La Aroma de Cuba.  To
commemorate this monumental occasion,
Ashton launches the regal and refined,
La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Reserva.
The following year, this immensely coveted
limited release receives a magnificent
94-rating from Cigar Aficionado.


San Cristobal Revelation is released


The World's Finest Cigar Bar

In 2013, Ashton proudly unveils the new gold standard in cigar bars and lounges.  Located in the heart of Philadelphia's Center City District, Ashton Cigar Bar is a sanctuary for lovers of fine cigars and spirits.  With a majestic selection of over 200 premium cigars, 365 whiskeys, 500 spirits and an award-winning cocktail menu, Ashton Cigar Bar is an oasis for indulgence in life's pleasures.  Next time you visit Philadelphia, stop by Ashton Cigar Bar and experience pleasure beyond expectation!


Ashton Symmetry

In 2014, Ashton introduces the
long-awaited, highly anticipated,
Ashton Symmetry. A monumental
release, Ashton Symmetry, is
the first new Ashton cigar to hit
the market in nearly a decade.


La Aroma de Cuba
Noblesse is released

Ashton releases its first-ever
limited edition, La Aroma de Cuba
Noblesse.  Produced in exceptionally
limited quantities, Noblesse is
a celebration and commemoration
of the La Aroma de Cuba brand.


San Cristobal Ovation is unveiled

Ashton honors the influential demand for the San Cristobal brand with Ovation, an extraordinarily decadent limited edition.  The rare, exclusive production reflects the epitome of strength and refinement.


San Cristobal Quintessence arrives

Ashton introduces San Cristobal Quintessence, a magnificent blend of premium Nicaraguan tobaccos drawn from prized Garcia family estates beneath a succulent Cuban-seed wrapper grown in Ecuador. Bold, bountiful flavors culminate with superb and spicy balance.

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