Asylum 13 Medulla Oblongata, a line introduced at the IPCPR 2017 but only introduced to the international markets in 2019. An interesting concept, where two cigars with an identical blend and size are sold but in a different shape. The Medulla is a round cigar. The Oblongata is box-pressed. And the Medulla Oblongata is the part of the brain that controls involuntary reactions. Breathing, coughing, sneezing, hiccups etcetera. And now the brain has to decide which of the two is the best. The round Medulla or the box-pressed Oblongata.
The blend is identical to the Asylum 13 Corojo. It’s an all Honduran cigar with a Corojo wrapper. The only difference is the priming of the tobacco. The Asylum 13 Medulla Oblongata utilizes tobacco from higher priming. By using leaves from the higher of the plant, the flavor profile is different than the original Asylum 13 Corojo. The cigars are rolled in the El Aladino factory in Danli. The factory is owned by Christian Eiroa. Asylum Cigars is a partnership between Eiroa and Tom Lazuka.
The cigar is almost completely covered in paper. The brown Asylum 13 ring with the logo and the skull and then a piece of wax paper wrapped around the cigar. The paper is printed with the name of the cigar, Medulla. This packaging would certainly pique our interest in a humidor full of cigars. Once removed, it’s clear that this is high priming, sun-grown Corojo. Dark and rustic looking because of some clear veins. The cigar is well-shaped and feels well constructed. There is a medium-strong aroma of dried wood and stable aromas.
The cold draw is great. The flavors in the cold draw are strong, raw tobacco. After lighting there is a dusty, muted yet salty flavor. There are woody and a leathery flavor as well but muted. Something is holding them back. Some cinnamon sweetness is noticeable in the retrohale. And there is a hint of pepper on the tip of the tongue. Slowly the flavors start to open up. The spice and pepper flavors become more pronounced. There is also some sweetness and more wood. The flavors gain some strength but remain smooth. Cedar, spices, and leather are the flavors on the palate. In the final third, the cigar gets more sweetness but the other flavors gain strength too. The last part of the cigar has salt, black licorice, wood, pepper, and soil. And all with a nice sweetness.
The draw is good. Just as the amount and thickness of the smoke. The burn started out wonky but after one little touch-up, it was fine. And the ash is dense, firm and white. The cigar is smooth, easy-going. There is balance, and it has nuanced flavors. It is a medium-bodied and medium-flavored cigar. The smoke time is two hours and fifteen minutes.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, once in a while