Cigar Review: Asylum 13 Ogre

Asylum has been an interesting cigar choice for me as of late – since I picked up a sampler pack last week.  Tonight’s selection was the Asylum Ogre, a candella/maduro barber pole cigar that was 6X60.
Asylum is the brainchild in part of Christian Eiroa.

Asylum 13 Ogre from Christian Eiroa
Using a Nicaraguan Candela wrapper with a Habano maduro wrapper around the candela, the cigar contains Nicaraguan fillers and binder for a fuller bodied smoke.
The Nicaraguan candela and habano maduro look is almost spot on. The cold draw gave me flavors of fruit, barnyard hay and grass. Just to confirm it, I took several cold pulls and picked up raisin, sweetness and tart leather.
Once I toasted the foot and took a proper draw, I picked up the initial flavors id spice, leather and dry cocoa.   The flavors come through strong.  Spice has a lot of bite. The ash is solid gray and tight with blue and gray smoke. Lots of leather and spice. Cocoa and sweetness along with bitterness.
The flavors mellow a bit around the beginning of second third.  I picked up that grassy, barnyard hay taste thanks to the candela.  I’d been expecting it but the spice/leather overpowered it.  Midway through, the cigar turns sweet, almost like dry powdered cocoa. Flavors continue in this manner until the end of the cigar, which has ore balance than the initial first and second third.
Overall, in the 6X60 a solid release.

New Cigar Stock at Got Cigars? (Decatur, Georgia)

Many of you know I’m a weekly inhabitant of a spot in Decatur called “Got Cigars?”  They’re located at 232 E. Ponce De Leon Ave right off the Square in Decatur, GA.

Comfortable, friendly, knowledgeable.  This is a mini home or my “Decatur Office” when I’m in the mood not to work from home but don’t want to trek to Highland.

Along with standard products such as Fuente, Kristoff, La Flor Dominicana, and My Father, she has a rotating stock.

The shop owner has brought in a few new things to her quaint little shop.  I’ve had a chance to taste a lot of newer things so I’ll give you a small rundown.

Cohiba Blue – the value-priced cigar is crafted with a three-country blend of tobaccos from Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.  Notes of vanilla and cedar find their way onto the palate.

La Palina Nicaraguan Oscuro

Montecristo by AJ Fernandez- a traditional blend re-imagined by famed maker AJ Fernandez.  Developed in conjunction with the Groupo De Maestros, this Nicaraguan blend showcases more spice and strength than the core Monte.  I reviewed this cigar here.

La Palina Nicaragua Oscuro – A fairly complex cigar from La Palina, the construction is soild.  Notes of wood and leather mingle with pepper and fruit.

Romeo by AJ Fernandez – My personal favorite AJ/Groupo De

Romeo by AJ Fernandez

Maestros blend, the Romeo y Julieta blend re-imagined by AJ.  Like the Monte mentioned above, this cigar is blended in Nicaragua.  More robust, but fruit, black pepper, heavy wood and cedar notes mix with bacon smokiness for a delicious surprise. I reviewed that here last week.

 

Cigar Review: Romeo by AJ Fernandez

In conjunction with Groupo De Maestro, AJ Fernandez was asked to re-imagine several key blends for Altadis.  Made in Nicaragua at

Romeo by AJ Fernandez

the A.J. Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua factory in Estelí, this cigar consists of Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper, Mexican San Andrés binder and filler from Nicaragua and Honduras.

Romeo Crafted By A.J. Fernandez comes in five sizes: Churchill at 7 inches by 50 ring gauge; Robusto, 5 by 52; and Toro, 6 by 52, Belicoso, 6 by 52,
For this review, I smoked the Toro.  When I first picked it up, the cigar felt heavy and full of quality tobacco.  Medium chocolate color wrapper. Fruity on the cold draw, like plums or raisins.  This is a really different Romeo, more robust than any other blend of theirs.  It begins with heavy wood and black pepper. Cedar notes along with fruit on the back end of the exhale show up as well.
After the final third starts, the tone of the cigar changes and I picked up warm cinnamon spice with slow wisps of smoke. The cigar also sports notes of yeast and bread. Those become prominent flavors along with mellow red pepper until the cigar finishes.

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Black Label Trading Company – Salvation Toro

This is a new offering from a new (to us) boutique maker and I picked it up at PuroCigar.com.  First, a brief description:

The Salvation Toro features a beautiful, reddish-brown Ecuadorian sun-grown Habano wrapper, rolled around a Honduran binder with Nicaraguan filler tobaccos.

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Salvation by BLTC

ight is spicy with some of that raisin/plum flavor.  Cigar feels solid in the fingers.   A solid blast of white pepper and black pepper hot right up front with strong wood notes.

About halfway through the cigar smooths out and has less power but still flavor.
Flavors mellow into more cedar and almost mint? The pepper backs off and the cigar is consistent the entire way through.

Cigar Review – Mombacho Liga Maestro

Another new blend to me, suggested by the folks at Highland Cigar Company.

Mombacho Liga Maestro cigars were originally created in limited

Mombacho Toro

edition to celebrate the boutique cigar company’s 10th Anniversary. These Nicaraguan puros are the product of Mombacho master blender, Claudio Sgrio, and Italian celebrity cigar enthusiast, Stefano Bertini. Now a regular production cigar made at Mombacho’s factory in Granada, Nicaragua, the blend is a medium-full recipe of ligero & viso fillers from Jalapa and Condega, plus a Condega binder, and a lustrous, mouthwatering wrapper from Jalapa.

Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to make of this cigar at first.  The band looked classic in black and gold. A 6X54 toro would do me for a few hours if I smoked slow, which I always do, as you know.

The wrapper was a soft milk chocolate brown and I imagined either heavy spice or smoother, supple flavors when I did my pre-light draw.  Cigar, coffee, slight raisin notes as expected.

Upon lighting up, the cigar’s draw was good, producing a plethora of off gray smoke.  (It was dark in the bar!)

Notes are floral and medium, along with a good dose of cedar.  Over the length of the cigar, mild black pepper joined a classic earthiness.  When I say classic, I mean it’s very distinct, as this cigar was.

The draw remained solid and the burn line even.  Value for your buck?  Solid.

May 24th Havana Nights – Cigar Mike’s B’Day Bash at Highland

One of my favorite spots, one of my favorite new themes!  Well, not new but you know I’m developing an obsession about Havana –

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considering I’m pondering a trip out to Cuba for a weekend sometime this year.

In the meantime, Papa’s Pilar Rum – a damn fine sipping rum which we’ve had and will leave for review on a later date will be featured.  I can’t speak to the tequila, ya’ll know that isn’t how “I” roll but if Chai’s pouring it, it’s probably solid.

 

Cigar Review – Quesada Holiday Keg

My first experience with Quesada cigars goes back to my early days when I’d picked up a Fonseca and had fallen in love with a good, well rounded medium bodied cigar at the time.

As I progressed in my cigar adventures, I’ve discovered many other blends, (Casa Magna, Don Cervantes Presidente to name a few) and as of late?

The Holiday Keg – The theme stemmed from Quesada’s mastery of cigars blended to pair perfectly with popular beer styles with the introduction of the Quesada Oktoberfest in 2011. In 2015, Quesada moved from Märzen-style beers to Irish Stouts, unleashing a dark, Nicaraguan blend packaged in miniature, wooden kegs.

 

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I’d grabbed a five pack from Cigarplace.biz and decided to take a few to Highland Cigar Company.  The cigar’s size is an easy 6X50.  Firm feel in the hand, medium brown wrapper with little to no veins and a pleasant, yet pungent cool draw greet the smoker.

The first bit I’d noticed about the cigar was the stronger profile.  Yes, it was definitely something I’d pair with a stout but it didn’t hold on with an overpowering flavor profile which would normally drown out a beer or be drowned out by one.

Naturally I chose whiskey…High West American Prairie to be exact.  (Thanks Clifton)

It worked out actually because the cigar’s taste had lots of cocoa and spice, along with copious amounts of smoke.  It remained consistent the entire hour and ten that it took me to smoke it. Definitely medium in body, it was quite tasty with an equally pleasing medium finish.

This is definitely another hit for Quesada that has me anxious for what they’ll come up with for 2017!