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Q & A: Ash Color Differences?

What is the significance of the color of a cigar's ash?

3/17/10 | by FS of Plymouth, MA

The color of a cigar's ash is solely determined by the nutrients in the soil in which it's grown. For example, Cuban cigars show white ash due to high amounts of potassium and magnesium. Cigars showing grey ash are typically composed of tobaccos grown in soil with a higher iron content. Many believe the color of a cigar's ash determines the quality of the cigar. This is due to the myth surrounding Cuban cigars. Since many feel no tobacco is better than Cuban tobacco, it is thought that the best premium cigars should have white ash. Our experts at do not believe this is the case. Cigar taste is subjective. Many of the finest leaves will burn either white or dark and ash color should not be used as an indicator of the overall quality of a cigar. 

by Sean G

Review: Drew Estate Liga Privada T52

Bryan Liga Privada T52
Toro (6.0"x52) Packed full of flavor from the first puff to the last. Pepper hits your palate up front as cedar and earth take over after an inch. The Habano wrapper provides ample hearty nuances that keeps your palate entertained for an hour. Perfectly constructed with no soft spots, this beautiful cigar offers little in terms of sweetness but packs a robust, incredibly flavorful punch.

Robusto (5.0"x52) Burned cool and slow. Seemed slightly less robust compared to the toro size with less complexities. There are many earthy and cedar-like nuances throughout with less of an emphasis on spice. If you prefer a smooth, medium-bodied blend with only light complexities, this is your stick.
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