The Asylum 13 is cloaked in a dark chocolate colored Nicaraguan Habano wrapper. The wrapper leaf is a bit veiny but looks deliciously oily. The length of the short five-inch stick is plump and beautifully rolled with no soft spots. The double cap is skillfully mounted and cuts cleanly with my punch cutter.
Flavor & Cold Draw:
The aromatic Habano wrapper gives off deep scents of dark chocolate and earth while the foot lends a sweet barnyard dimension to it. The cold draw is clear and easy with strong flavors of earth and cocoa with a peppery finish. Once lit the initial flavor is intense black pepper. The pepper mellows a bit in the second third leaving room for notes of espresso, cedar, and earth which continue through the final third.
Burn & Smoking Characteristics:
The draw starts out easy and open, producing lots of smoke, however, the smoke production dies down towards the end of the second-third. The white, compact ash hangs on for about an inch and a half before the first drop but then proceeds to drop more often, about every ¾” for the rest of the smoke. The burn is slow and even with a total smoking time of just over an hour. The burn gets a bit too hot in the final third and burns my tongue even after repeated purging. I had to put it out with more than an inch left.
Conclusion of the Asylum 13
The Asylum 13 is a feisty little cigar with plenty of flavor. The only negative was that I had to put it out early.
Size: Fifty (5.0" x 50)
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
Strength: Medium to Full
Have you smoked the Asylum 13? What did you think?