Asylum 13

Drew Estate


Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Filler : Nicaraguan
Source : Bought locally for $5.60 a stick

Today’s review is going to be a cigar that a lot of people are groaning about while reading this due to the size but fear not, I am doing it anyway. Today’s cigar is the Asylum 13 in the 7×70 size. This cigar is available in three sizes, 5×50, 6×60 and this 7×70. Prices range from $5 to $7 respectively for singles and boxes of 50 are $225, $270 and $190 (box of 30 for the 7×70). This is a Nicaraguan puro.

If you say you don’t like this size then please, tell us which cigar you have smoked that was a 7×70 because you can’t dislike something you never tried ;)

Pre-Light

Sniff test for the Asylum 13 gives a slight barnyard on the wrapper while plain tobacco on the foot and a sharp spice on the cold draw. All of these I have smoked for the review have been made beautifully with a wrapper that has minimal veins. Spark this thing up and hope nobody calls the fire department (yes, you can joke about the size once you have had a cigar in this size).

First Half

Starting off this Asylum 13 cigar and it gives a sharp spice with a toasted nut taste right from the get go. Leather came into play a short way into the cigar and really blossomed at about an inch in. Dark chocolate has joined the mix and the spice has died down a bit. Leather is still up front but the chocolate seems to be catching up. At the end of the first half it is a nice medium stick with medium flavor. It does seem to be a bit dull at this point and it may be due to the size of the cigar. I do not know if this stick was re-blended for this size or if extra filler was just added but at this point it seems it would benefit from a dual wrapper or binder to add more intensity to the flavors.

Second Half

Heading into the final half of the Asylum 13 in the 7×70 size and the flavors are enjoyable, at least for me but it seems like they are a little laid back. Not horribly but just a shade. Still about medium body with the leather and chocolate at the front. Cigar picked up into the full body category while the flavors did intensify a little bit but not massively. Dark chocolate taste has definitely taken over the top spot right now and a slight hint of spice has made its way back into the cigar. Burn is going great and I may have another hour to go to finish this out. Almost hit the three hour mark with the cigar ending with a slathering of flavors joined together into a bit of a mess. Dark chocolate was still there but really muddied up with the rest. Power seemed to drop from full back to medium and then to a low full again at the end.

Wrap-Up

Would I buy it again? Maybe. I would like to try the other sizes to see if I am right about the flavors probably being more intense in the smaller sizes. I liked the length of the smoke and the first three quarters but the ending left a lot to be desired.


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