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Asylum 13 Adding Corojo Line

Andrew Nagy
Posted: March 20, 2013

Christian Eiroa has harkened back to his roots for the newest addition to the Asylum 13 cigar, an all-Honduran blend covered by Corojo-seed wrapper grown on his family’s farm in the Jamastran Valley of Honduras.

Asylum 13 Authentic Corojo Seed will be packaged in 50-count boxes and will start shipping in April in two sizes (for now)—a five inch by 50 ring gauge and a six by 60 ring. The suggested retail price will be $5.10 and $6.10 per stick, respectively. Asylum 13 Corojo will be rolled in the Tabacos Rancho Jamastran factory in Honduras, where the Camacho brand is made, and Eiroa’s Fabricas Unidas company will distribute the line.

Whereas the original Asylum 13, created by Eiroa and Tom Lazuka, was all-Nicaraguan, the new version is a blend of tobaccos grown in Honduras, wrapped in Corojo leaf grown by Christian’s father, Julio, on their family farm. The Eiroas are known for their skill in growing Corojo-seed tobacco, a notoriously fickle leaf that is vulnerable to disease and yields fewer leaves per acre than newer hybrids.

“I have always liked the authentic Corojo-seed and I'm looking forward to using this wrapper on the Asylum 13 line,” said Lazuka.

Eiroa also said he is working on a 70- and 80-ring gauge version right now, but has yet to finalize the length that works best for the blend.

Christian March 21, 2013 3:11pm ET
70 and 80 ring gauge? That's just stupid. I know it's the trend but cigar smokers are going the way of fast food "Super Size It" Forget about tasting flavors in tobacco just shove MORE down you're throat. But hey like McDonalds there are billions served so what do I know?
Marc Boston, MA, USA, March 22, 2013 12:53pm ET
I have to agree with Christian's comment. The ring and length sizes are getting too big. My max has been the 60 gauge rings, but of late, I've been going to smaller gauge cigars. I'm starting to find that a lot of these mega-sized gauges don't retain any flavor, or the flavor peters out around the 1/3 mark.
Derek Wotton Deltona , Florida , July 5, 2013 9:54pm ET
I agree with Christian and Marc . . . I'll take that 5 by 50 tho :-) October 9, 2014 5:47pm ET
To say that a big ring gauge is "just stupid" is only an opinion. I think the big ring gauge is great! I know, my opinion. To say it's going by the way of fast food and super sizing is stupid! A fine cigar is miles above fast food junk. Can't even be compared. Right, what do you know! The flavor of these cigars is outstanding. The big ring gauges just make for a longer lasting and great tasting cigar! I, for one, hope they continue the large gauge. Period!

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