Last week Lauren Ferraro stopped by with Tom Lazuka after a series of events in Rhode Island. We got to shoot the shit for a while and discusses some of the new releases. Part of the reason for the stop over was Lauren wanted to drop off a couple of Asylum Insidious Maduro smokes for review. In the past we smoked the original release of the Insidious and were presently surprised.
This time around it is the Maduro version which is available in three size 5 x 50, 6 x 52 and 7 x 64 and have the same pricing as the Natural.
Cigar: Insidious by Asylum
Size: 6 x 52 (Toro)
Wrapper: San Andreas (Maduro)
Source: Asylum Cigars & CLE
The Look: The wrapper on the Insidious by Asylum feels thinner then most San Andrea wrappers I have come across, the coloring is also fairly uniform. In the hand the cigar is smooth and firm to the touch with no soft spots although it does feel like it is lighter in weight then most cigars in this size. The cream color band features the Asylum skull with the word insidious and provides a nice contrast on the cigar.
The Note: The sweet tipped cigar as you would guess offers a sweetness over earth while the foot of the cigar has an earthy mineral component. Once the cigar is lit there is some spice and a fading sweetness.
As we work into the first third the sweet tip has faded away and the cigar has a nice classic San Andreas earthy flavor with a slight mineral water flavor over notes of coffee.
In the second third of the cigar some notes of maple begin to develop while the mineral water like flavors shine as the aroma of the cigar really picks up and becomes quite enjoyable.
The last third of the Insidious Maduro by Asylum develops a chocolate like note and looses the majority of its earthy components. The finish of the cigar is that of roasted nuts.
The Burn: I was a little worried the cigar with its thin wrapper would crack on me, and it only did when I dropped the cigar for a second time, as I was a tad clumsy today. The burn was acceptable with a white ash that held for more than an inch at a time and the draw was effortless.
The Finish: For a cigar that was sweet tip this cigar was a bit stronger than I expected. The sweetness faded away and the cigar provided an experience that you would expect from a San Andreas wrapper. I know those will ask what my favorite San Andreas cigar and you can take a peek at a review of one them here. As for this it was enjoyable, but something that I wouldn’t normally reach for due to the sweet tip.