Tom Lazuka, co-founder of Asylum Cigars, showcased everything new from the company in a video interview with Cigar Dojo at IPCPR 2019. In addition to packaging tweaks for the brand’s Asylum Connecticut and Corojo offerings (adding rice-paper foot enclosures, etc.), Asylum is launching two new brands: Asylum Pandemonium and Asylum Seven.
Asylum Pandemonium is said to be the fullest offering from Asylum to date. The cigars arrive in three formats, each eight and a half inches in length (52×8.5, 60×8.5, 70×8.5). Lazuka states that the emphasis is not on complexity with Pandemonium, but rather big flavors and intense strength. The cigars are priced at $10.50, $11.50, and $12.50, respectively, expected to begin shipping in August.
Joining Viaje in the unconventional anniversary theme (Viaje celebrated its 12.5-year anniversary at IPCPR 2019), Asylum has crafted a celebratory cigar for its seventh anniversary. In fact, Cigar Dojo interviewed Tom on the exact day of Asylum’s anniversary (debuting on July 2, 2012). The idea is that the large-gauge smoker has never been catered to in the sphere of celebratory smoking experiences. Asylum Seven fills this need, offering an ultra-premium blend in two formats: 11/18 (figurado, priced at $20) and 70×7 ($25). The cigars combine the two blending styles often seen throughout Asylum’s portfolio, featuring a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper over an all-Honduran filler recipe. Asylum Seven is expected to ship in the September timeframe.