March 30, 2013

Asylum 13 Robusto (5 x 50)

Video review HERE.

Asylum Cigars are the brainchild of Tom Lazuka and Christian Eiroa. Asylum is a Nicaraguan puro. The wrapper, binder, and filler are all Nicaraguan. When I researched Asylum this surprised me a little. After all, Christian Eiroa is synonymous with Honduran tobacco and cigars.

The cigar is well made and very dark. It feels weighty in the hand and has obvious good density.

After cutting the cap the test draw was very good. I rate it an 8 out of 10. The initial flavors at light up were sweet grapefruit citrus, cream and pepper at a 7 rating. There are also coffee notes.

 About 3/4 inch in the flavors are not much different from what they were initially. There are still sweet citrus notes that seem to be trying to convert to cedar but they are not there as of now. The cream notes are still there along with the pepper. The coffee is still holding the base and there are now earth notes. The finish is a nice, sweet cream with quite a bit of lingering pepper. The cigar is medium bodied.

At about the midpoint there are now sweet nutmeg notes with citrus along with cream. The earth notes are played down at this point along with the coffee. The finish is still one of a sweet cream with lingering pepper. There are quite a bit of cream notes on both ends of this cigar which I find enjoyable.

With about 1 1/2 inches remaining the nutmeg, cedar, and earth are all about even at this point. The citrus notes have now changed to cedar. I am also getting charred oak but not in great amounts. The coffee notes are still acting as a base. The cigar is still medium bodied.

The cigar ended at about the 1 hour 10 minute point. There are more charred oak notes now. You still have the combination of sweet nutmeg and cedar. Coffee notes remained as a base. The pepper remained very good. The cream notes are still hovering around as there is still some creaminess. The finish did not change and the pepper lingered nicely although at the end it faded somewhat. The cigar never had any significant richness but the cream notes were very nice. This was a good, basic Nicaraguan cigar and well worth trying especially at this price point.

Score: 89

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