Ashton Aged Maduro Paired With Chocolate

This is a very nutty and creamy smoke that is complimented and intensified when paired with dark chocolate.

This is a pairing shown to me by Jared Biocca of Ashton Cigars. For a treat, try this tasting at home or with a group of friends and see for yourself how the chocolate compliments the Ashton Aged Maduro so beautifully. I love to incorporate food and wine pairings with my cigar, and this one is fantastic!

This particular cigar is the Ashton Aged Maduro #20, a corona sized cigar which is an ideal size to consider for new smokers. It is also a great size to consider when tasting a new style of cigar for the very first time.

Another thing to be aware of with cigars is that the color of the wrapper has no relation to the strength of the cigar. This is a great example, as the wrapper may be very dark in color, it is quite mild and smooth in taste. By no means is darker to be interpreted as stronger.

And this is one yummy smoke to consider!

The wrapper is a limited Connecticut broad leaf and has a natural sweetness that balances with the nutty richness of the cigar. The style is medium bodied, though on the lighter side near mild. It is a very smooth smoke and quite enjoyable at any time of the day.

If you are new to cigars or just want to continue exploring your palate, this is an excellent choice you may end up craving again and again.


  1. Adam
    Oct 26, 2009 @ 16:46:50

    Pairing with chocolate? That’s pretty clever. I usually don’t like to pair with something sweet, but I guess it depends on the cigar you’re smoking. I’ll definitely keep that in mind, thanks Teresa.

  2. Ji
    Oct 26, 2009 @ 18:21:03

    Ashton Maduros are one of my favorite along with AVO Maduros, another rich and decadent cigar that is not very strong. Did you pair with with a drink as well or just the chocolate?

  3. Vincent
    Oct 26, 2009 @ 20:09:17

    I like to pair 70% dark chocolate and scotch with cigars. I’ve also found that Acid Blue line cigars and tawny port are a good match.

  4. teresa
    Oct 27, 2009 @ 01:02:55

    The Basil Hayden Bourbon works nicely with the chocolate and cigar on this one. I like the Avo maduros as well, and the new Avo Companero may make my top list, I really like the complexity and balance of that cigar.

    Though I must say a nice tawny port and a Padron Anniversary is a favorite of mine. Another great maduro to consider is the Kristoff maduro. I just had one this evening as dessert after a cigar dinner- very enjoyable!

    You don’t have to pair it with just chocolate, and dark or bitter chocolate is my personal preference.

  5. redbeerd9er
    Oct 29, 2009 @ 08:32:01

    i dont know if i can work it like that!! but im going to try it out 🙂

  6. teresa
    Oct 30, 2009 @ 11:01:27

    You can so work it, I know it!

  7. Ji
    Oct 30, 2009 @ 11:39:33

    Ports are delicious with cigars, that’s for sure. I have not paired this myself, but I’ve heard from a few vintage port drinkers that Madeiras actually pair better with a cigar. Ports can sometimes overpower the delicate nuances of cigar.

    Keep on smoking,

  8. OlivaSerieV
    Nov 01, 2009 @ 08:25:06

    I will have to try the Ashton Aged Maduro. I bought a sampler from Tampa Sweathearts a year ago when I was buying some Anejos but have yet to smoke one. Your chocolate tip is a good one. Ed from St Pete Pipe and Tobacco always recommends training your palate with various flavors to help enhance cigar smoking.

    Nice review!

  9. BMP
    Dec 05, 2009 @ 14:31:51

    Teresa, I had a similar experience with a CAO Brazilia and some Hershey’s milk chocolate. Me and some friends were smoking cigars and having s’mores by the fire and, not knowing anything about it, I just decided to try a piece of chocolate with the cigar. To my surprise, it was excellent. It totally cleared and refreshed my palate and allowed me taste everything in the cigar very clearly. It didn’t change the taste of the cigar at all, but rather, enhanced the flavors. I’m glad to hear you tried chocolate with a milder cigar – I’m going to have to keep experimenting with this.

  10. teresa
    Dec 07, 2009 @ 18:09:30

    That’s brilliant! I love it ;D

    I was just talking about marshmallows over the fire a moment ago with a friend, too. I’ve been experimenting with various styles of pairings lately. Some on purpose some by matter of what is already around me. Let me know how your experiments go and I will do the same.

  11. teresa
    Dec 07, 2009 @ 18:12:37

    PS: ports are some of my favorite pairings, but part of that comes from my love of ports alone. The Penfold’s Grandfather port goes lovely with a Padron. As it is now getting cooler I think I’ll get back into pairings more. I have been on an ale kick and think some of the winter treats will do well to keep warm and compliment a cigar. Will let you know as it happens 😉

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