Each week on The Cigar Authority podcast we step into the insane Asylum with odd and historic news stores that are too insane to be true or are they. So while researching this weeks segment, I reached for the Asylum Connecticut for two reasons. The first reason, I wanted something mild and the second reason, the band reminds me of Christmas.
Cigar Review: Asylum Connecticut
Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut
Filler: Honduras (Corojo, Habano)
Ring Gauge: 60
The Look: The Ecuador Connecticut wrapper that adorns the cigar is not your typical shade grown wrapper. There is a caramel like coloring to it, instead of the blonde looking color we expect when you say shade grown. The red and gold band has a feel of Christmas to it that almost gets lost on the cigar. The cigar is exquisitely rolled with a slight tooth to it and a certain ruggedness that is not expected. In the hand the cigar is fur with a spongy foot and a nice weight to it.
The Notes: The cold draw of the cigar has hearty notes of cedar and a slight butterscotch note present as well. There is something about the cigar that reminds me of an old butcher shop that would have cedar shaving spread out on the floor. The foot of the cigar has some more butterscotch notes and subtle cedar.
Once the cigar is toasted and lit there is an initial note of figs with a slight pepper as well. As the cigar progresses the fig fades away and reveals notes of cedar, earth and a subtle peppercorn through the nose and on the finish.
In the second third of the Connecticut offering from Asylum the cigar develops a hearty note that reminds me of a steak cooked medium-well. There is a taste that I can best describe as a grill mark. As the center cut of the Asylum comes to a close earth is dominant with a nuttiness through the nose.
The final third of the cigar continues down the path with notes of earth and abundance of nuttiness. There is a hint of buttery richness on the finish. Putting the cigar down is difficult as I smoke it until I just can’t hold it anymore. The flavors are well-defined and enjoyable that leave me wanting to continue the experience.
The Finish: There is something about the Asylum Connecticut that draws me to it. The flavors of the cigar are well-defined. The nuttiness and steak like quality makes it step above many Connecticut cigars at this price point Let’s put it this way, I’m not always a fan of Connecticut and I’m definitely not a fan of 60 ring gauges. Yet, the first cigar I smoked from this line was a 60, and I couldn’t put it down until there was nothing left to hold.