Asylum co-founder Tom Lazuka’s itch to get into the cigar business came during the cigar boom of the 1990s. He left his career as a restaurant entrepreneur to take on sales positions for companies like Camacho and Colibri. One could say that fate put Tom at Camacho because he would eventually partner with Christian Eiroa, who already had several 90+ ratings under his belt.
In 2008, Camacho sold to Davidoff, and Eiroa took some time away from the industry. Tom Lazuka and Kevin Baxter formed Asylum Cigars around four years later, in 2012. Eiroa would soon make his return and partner up with Asylum. From the start, the goal has been to try new things and push the limits of traditional cigar production. This is most evident in ring-gauged cigars as wide as 80!
Asylum Insidious Maduro cigars are the follow-up to Asylum Insidious. Hey, we’re not complaining when a popular line’s second release is the Maduro version, especially when we’re talking about quality cigars.
Asylum Insidious Maduro cigars are wrapped in a Mexican San Andres leaf, which covers the same blend as the original—Honduran binder and long-fillers. The cream-colored band with the Asylum skull is an excellent contrast to the dark leaf. These sticks also have a sweetened cap. We’ve not found this cap to be overpowering in any sense, though we’ll see how it jives with the Maduro in a second.
Due to the cap, it’s challenging to get anything but sweetness on the cold draw, though some wood notes are there. After lighting the smoke, we’re getting chocolate, sweetness, and spice. A little further down one of these Asylum Insidious Maduro cigars and the smoke is super creamy with flavors of cocoa and a good deal of spices for a bit, but that quickly fades. The cigar wraps up with a surge of the sweet flavors and a slight return of the spice. This is an excellent cigar that is very well-balanced.
Please enjoy Asylum Insidious Maduro cigars at your leisure.