Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Cigar Review: Asylum 13

Robusto, 5” x 50 ring gauge /$6.99, Maxamar's
You can read Dave's review of both the Asylum and the 13 blends here.  Today I'll be looking at the 13 in the robusto size.  I did smoke at least 2 of this size before this and one of the larger 6x60 size.  As Dave mentioned this is one of the new cigars to come out of the partnership between Christian Eiroa, Tom Lazuka, and Kevin Baxter and at the moment is producing all Nicaraguan blends.

The wrapper on this cigar was a nice even dark chocolate brown.  It has a good amount of oils to it as well.  The veins that were present were mostly fine in size but with a few medium ones scattered around.  When I gave the cigar a squeeze I didn't find any soft spots and it was fairly firm.  Putting my nose to the wrapper I was able to get notes of leather and sawdust with barnyard coming from the foot.  After clipping it and taking a cold draw on it I got tastes of leather and chocolate with a good draw.

Lighting up the cigar brought lots of chocolate flavors with some cinnamon and leather thrown in on the palate.  The spice was pretty strong as well although it wasn't overpowering.  The draw was just about perfect and it produced a lot of smoke.  The burn was a little wavy but I didn't need to break out the lighter just yet.  A little ways into it I also noted flavors of earth and cream.  I would classify this cigar in the upper end of medium to start out.

As I moved into the second third the only thing that really changed in regards to the flavor was that the spice did tone itself down, but never completely went away.  The draw continued to be perfect and the burn line didn't require any intervention.

By the time I got into the final third I was enjoying the cigar.  The flavors didn't really change as I was still getting lots of chocolate, with some leather, wood and cream thrown in.  The spice did start coming back but never really got out of the upper end of medium in my opinion.  The perfect draw and large volume of smoke was very enjoyable.

Overall I quite enjoyed this cigar.  In comparison to the one 6x60 I smoked this size is much better for this blend in my opinion.  It seemed more complex and interesting.  I think with this cigar reasonable price point, pleasant flavors, and medium strength it should be approachable by most.  I think that if you see this cigar during your visit to a cigar shop you should pick one up to try.  I will be keeping a couple of them in my humidor to add into the rotation.

Body: 7/10
Strength: 6/10
Complexity: 6/10

AFP Scale
Prelight: 2/2
Construction: 2/2
Flavor: 4/5
Value: 1/1
Total: 9/10

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