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Cigar Review: Asylum 33

Asylum 33

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asylum cigars took a detour from their usual approach with their 2015 release, Asylum 33. Brand owners Christian Eiroa, of Camacho fame, and Tom Lazuka are focusing this line extension towards small batch manufacturing and the inclusion of hard to find tobaccos.

Asylum 33 hails from the El Aladino factory in Danli, Honduras. This cigar is a Honduran puro that uses aged, premium 7 year old tobaccos resulting in a medium to full-bodied blend. You can expect your palate to be carpet bombed with flavors.

 

 

Asylum cigars brand owners Christian Eiroa and Tom Lazuka quickly found out that “13” was a lucky number for them, as their inaugural release literally caught fire the moment it hit the shelves! Now stepping outside of their comfort zone to create a smoke that is very distinctive, they have released the Asylum 33.

this cigar is a Honduran puro crafted with 7- years aged premium tobaccos obtained from the best growing regions in the country. Made in small batch fashion, this is a medium-bodied cigar with tons of character and outstanding balance.

 

 

 

  • APPEARANCE

The Honduran wrapper is tanned leather in color, seamless with notable tooth and slight vein. A standard shaped vitola with a rounded cap and open foot. The label is silver foil in color with some interesting things going on. The all seeing eye in a triangle is black in color with “ASYLUM” underneath.

Inside a larger triangle the number “33” sits at the bottom of the label colored in a reflective silver foil. The asylum skull is embossed throughout the label which gives it a whole illuminati effect. Pre-light aroma had notes of brown sugar, cedar and earth. The cold draw produced flavors of natural tobacco, dried fruit and plain dried tea.

  • FIRST LIGHT

First light produced a flavor of heavy thick cedar char with bitter dark chocolate and leather. The smoke output was very abundant. Flavors of roasted walnuts with a nuance of raw cinnamon accompanied a woody cedar core. Black to red pepper is present at a full level. The retro produced a nostril sting of white pepper evolving into flavors of light milk chocolate.

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

Entering cruise control the cedar has turned from char the sweet adding to the woody core. Red pepper noted on the lips and palate in between draws. Black pepper is still present at a full level. The nutty element flavor is picking up with a distinct taste of roasted and raw walnuts with a nuance of almonds.

Flavors of semi-sweet dark chocolate, coffee and raw cinnamon. The retro has eased up slightly producing white pepper evolving into a flavor of dried fruit and toffee.

“One of the most under rated cigars of 2015”

  • FINAL THIRD

The taste of the Asylum 33 hasn’t eased up one bit. The woody core is taking point with a decreased level of black pepper medium in strength. Nutty flavors of raw and roasted walnuts with a background of almonds. Leather has appeared balancing in with bitter dark chocolate, the air was filled with the aroma of fresh lit cedar.

Black pepper remained consistent throughout keeping the vitola at a full bodied level. The retro has kicked up a notch with an assault on the nostrils producing full doses of white pepper evolving into flavors of dried fruit and toffee.

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

Probably the most underrated cigar of 2015! The construction of the Asylum 33 was solid, I smoked 5 of these over a period of one and a half years and the solid little cigar remained consistent, balanced and full bodied with the same abundance of flavors over the duration of time smoked. The draw had the perfect amount of resistance producing a massive output of cedar aroma filled smoke.

The burn line was razor sharp and the ash held tight with a solid appearance. The strength of the Asylum 33 was in the FULL bodied wheelhouse that produced a myriad of balanced woody, nutty flavors with the perfect amount of spice that was truly tasty from first light to final third.

 

NOTABLE FLAVORS

  • Cedar/Charred/Sweet
  • Roasted Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Pepper Red/Black
  • Leather
  • Dark Chocolate/Bitter
  • White Pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of Dried Fruit/Milk and Dark Chocolate

 


Cigars For Review: Purchased (Cigar Hustler in 2015)

Cigars Smoked For Review: 5

Cigar Smoke Rate: 92

Size: 4 1/2 x 50 (Natural Robusto)

Wrapper: Honduras

Binder: Honduras

Filler: Honduras

Factory: El Aladino

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