Posts Tagged With: Tom Lazuka

Asylum 13 Oblongata

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.


Just like the Medulla, the cigar is wrapped in wax paper for ¾ of the cigar. Once removed, the Colorado colored Corojo wrapper is revealed. It does have some veins, but thinner than the ones on the Medulla. The cigar has the right amount of bounce when softly squeezed. And just like the Medulla, the aroma is medium strong. It’s dried wood and stable as well.


The cold draw is a bit tight. And the flavors are pepper, raw tobacco with a minty freshness. The Oblongata starts exactly like the Medulla. Muted, salty, and dusty. With a little bit of nutmeg. The salt remains, some cedar shows up too. But all still muted. There is some leather as well. Slowly the cigar gets more sweetness, more cedar, and some pepper. The cedar is stronger in the retrohale. The second third starts salty, with pepper, green herbs, cedar, and leather. The cigar turns more spicy and salty, with leather, cedar, and earthiness. The flavors remain the same throughout the third part. There seems to be less evolution than in the Medulla.


The draw is better after the cigar is lit. The ash is white and dense. The cigar is smooth, balanced. The burn is beautifully straight. The smoke could be a little thicker though, and bigger in volume. Although it picks up in the last third. This cigar is medium in body and strength. But it’s smooth and balanced throughout the cigar. The smoke time is two hours and fifteen minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Maybe

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Schizo Maduro Robusto

After the success of the Schizo, with a Habano wrapper, it was no surprise that Asylum Cigars, the company owned by Christian Eiroa and Tom Lazuka, built on that brand and released a Schizo Maduro. Unlike the normal Schizo, which is made at the Nicaraguan NACSA factory, most famous for Steve Saka’s Mi Querida, this Schizo Maduro is made in Honduras in Eiroa’s own El Aladino factory.


The cigar is a so called Cuban sandwich, which means that it contains part longfiller and part scrap that was leftover. Not that it means it’s inferior product, just smaller pieces of tobacco. The filler and binder are Honduran, but the wrapper is a Mexican San Andres maduro


The cigar looks a little rough, dark and even a little intimidating. The construction is good, just like the finishing. The ring is the same as the regular Schizo but with an added mint green ring with the word Maduro. The aroma is quite mild, a bit floral and minty.


The draw is quite loose after a cut with a guillotine cutter. The cold draw is a bit minty, but faint. After lighting I taste coffee with chocolate and mint. After a third the mint disappears, I still taste coffee but the dark chocolate gains some strength and I taste some vinegar too. In the final third I taste wood and pepper too.


The draw is a bit loose, but the smoke is thick and white. The gray ash is coarse. The burn is good. I would call this cigar medium at most, both in flavor and body. The smoke time is an hour and ten minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Nah, it’s not a bad budget cigar though.

Score: 87
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CLE Corojo 11/18

CLE, Christian Luis Eiroa. For those whom that name doesn’t ring a bell, Christian Eiroa and his father were the masterminds behind Camacho, a brand they bought in 1995 five years after the death of brand founder Simon Camacho and they build the brand up using the knowledge and experience they head as tobacco farmers for generations. In 2008 they sold the brand and the factory to Davidoff but they didn’t leave the tobacco industry since they kept the farms. A few years, in 2012, later Eiroa entered the cigar making part of the business again with a new factory, based in the old movie theatre of his grandfather in Danli, Honduras and he is doing it his own way. Tabacalera Unidas is the mother company with several cooperations like Wynwood (started as a cooperation with Robert Caldwell before he dropped out), Asylum Cigars with Tom Lazuka, EH Cigars with Edgar Hoill and of course his own Eiroa cigars.


When the company just started my then employer went on a trip to Florida with his family. One unsuspecting afternoon he calls me all excited and tells me “man, I was at the Island Smoke Shop on Key Largo and your buddy Bill (who worked there at the time) gave me this cigar, Asylum 13, its a $5 cigar but its amazing”. Now I never heard from that cigar so I made a few calls and got in touch with Tom Lazuka and Christian Eiroa. To cut a long story short, it didn’t take long before we started distributing Tabacaleras Unidas in The Netherlands. After the release of the Asylum 13 line, including the ogre, and the Schizo bundles we released the CLE Corojo. This cigar is a Honduran puro with the leaf that made Camacho and the Eiroa family famous. And it also came out in the unique 11/18 shape that Eiroa created for Camacho. It’s a 6 inch long parejo with a little thicker part (ring 54 instead of 50 at the foot and the head) in the middle, unique.


The wrapper of the cigar looks nice, milk chocolate colored, few thin veins, a beautiful triple cap and its mild oily. The band is simple yet stylish. a nice mat black with shiny silver lettering CLE Corojo and a red 2012. I feel a little soft spot near the head of the cigar, but I can only imagine how difficult it is to roll this uniquely shaped cigar. The aroma is strong and its a barnyard aroma, manure and horses. The cold draw after the flat cut is easy and I taste a cedar with raisin flavor with a peppery flavor on my lips.


After I lit the cigar with my soft flame, I’m smoking inside so I don’t need a jet flame, I taste a mildly sweet and bitter coffee flavor, slowly I taste more cedar with a little citrus tang with a little pepper. After an inch I taste some cedar and wood. After a third I also taste some chocolate and the citrus has grown in strength. Halfway a honey like sweetness shows up. The flavors are quite dry. The chocolate is still mildly around with some nutmeg and cinnamon.


The smoke is thick, white and plentiful. The draw is easy, maybe a little too easy but just a little. The ash is gray and a little frayed. The burn is good, no correction needed. The cigar is medium to full bodied and equally flavored. The smoke time is an hour and thirty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? I prefer the robusto.

Score: 90

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