Today I review a cigar that is fairly new to me, the Asylum 13 6X60. I had recently seen a lot of chatter on the internet and decided it was time to give them a try.
Construction and Pre-Light;
This big bad beauty had a nice packed feel to it, no soft spots. Just a few veins were noticeable and a nice oil sheen to it. A sniff gave me some cocoa, more to the dark chocolate end, spice, and barnyard sense. The foot gave more dark chocolate, earth, and spice. A straight cut to the cap and the dry draw offered earth, spice, wood notes and chocolate.
The initial puffs on the Asylum gave me a nice judo chop to the palate of red pepper. It was definitely a good blast of it, but not overpowering, I would however suggest a drink on hand. The pepper was dominant for a good bit into the first third, and then gave way to a great note of dark chocolate, and minor earthy tones. The chocolate however was such a great addition, it took the profile into a creamy finish with the pepper still strong but at the end of things.
The second third carried in the chocolate profile and added some coffee to the blend. At this point the finish was even smoother and creamier. The pepper dwindled down a good amount in this part of the cigar. The earth notes were still in play, but a little on the softer end of things.
The final third brought that pepper back but not in a harsh way at all. The chocolate and coffee faded a bit and gave more presence to the earth tones of the cigar. It was a flavorful finish indeed and I’d put this baby at full strength.
Draw, Burn, Ash;
The draw from foot to nub was effortless and offered the perfect amount of smoke from puff to puff.
The burn was almost perfect, touched up once, but no surprise to me with the size of this cigar.
The ash was solid, a salt and pepper gray, that held strong. I tapped three times with this cigar.
A solid offering from CLE Cigars. Definitely a full strength beauty that you should enjoy with a beverage. I would definitely recommend trying them out. I also believe I’ve read that the smaller vitolas are a little more mild in the pepper, so if you’d rather that, there is a choice. As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan