Saturday, April 11, 2015

Asylum 2012 (torpedo)

Here we have an Asylum cigar from Tabacaleras Unidas, who also runs CLE, amongst a few others.  Christian L. Eiroa and Tom Lazuka founded the Asylum brand in 2012 (as evidenced by text on the band itself, which either references the founding year or the release I'm smoking).  There are 4 sizes of this cigar, however I've chosen the torpedo to sample on this occasion. 

Pre-light, there's a scent of molasses.  The wrapper has a leathery brown appearance, and some veins are visible.  I cut it with a V-cutter and used a torch to toast the foot before putting it to my mouth.

1/3:  The first thing I notice is the great draw.  Notes of mild pepper, and plentiful "at rest" smoke.  The 1st third is pleasant and consistent, although I find the flavors are difficult to identify besides a typical, quality tobacco taste.

2/3: The burn line (as evidenced in the photo) is a little uneven, but not awful.  During the 2nd third, it developed a crack in the wrapper just below the band.  Fortunately, these things didn't translate into draw issues.

3/3: In the final third, the draw has remained good.  The cigar did start to come apart a little towards the end.  It maintained a medium body and medium strength from start to finish. 

This stick certainly had consistent flavor, and I'd say it was a decent smoke.  Others have been able to hone in on more specific flavors, however this particular stick didn't behave that way for me.  This can be due to the humidity/temp it's been kept at (usually 65/65 in my humis), or it's even possible that my palate has weakened as a result of my decrease in cigar smoking since pneumonia a few months back.  The weather is improving, so there's no doubt I'll give another Asylum a try sometime soon.

Size: 6 x 54
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua

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