Review of Asylum Premium Cigar
By: Gary Manelski
There are several distinct lines of Asylum cigars, including Asylum and Asylum 13. The Asylum line is also known as Asylum Premium. Although Asylum and Asylum 13 are both Christian Eiroa cigars made entirely with Nicaraguan tobaccos, they are not the same cigar. In general, a cigar in the Premium line is priced almost a dollar more than one in the 13 line, but direct comparisons are not always possible because the available vitolas are not all the same in each line. The size sampled for this review was a Toro (6 x 50), which is modestly priced at $28 for a 5-pack, which works out to an average of only $5.60 per stick. Not bad for a premium cigar in today's market.
I have smoked several Asylum 13 cigars in the past, but this is my first experience with an Asylum Premium cigar. And yes, there is a noticeable difference between these two distinct lines of cigars. Right from the start, the Asylum Premium Toro exhibited a deeper, richer and fuller flavor than the Asylum 13. The Asylum also had an initial peppery flavor that eventually faded as the cigar was smoked. The body of the smoke was medium-to-full, but the flavor was full. After the pepper faded, the primary flavors were earth and cocoa along with some spice in the background.
It took me 70 minutes to smoke the Asylum Premium Toro down to two inches remaining. During that time, the cigar had a very good draw, even burn, and held a long ash. No relights nor touch-ups were needed. I enjoyed this Asylum Premium cigar more than the Asylum 13 cigars that I have smoked in the past, and rate it with a very good 4 points on a 5-point scale. These cigars are very affordable and an excellent value for those who enjoy fuller cigars that are not over the top.