A rarity was handed to me the other day. An extremely rare Asylum cigar that has been sitting in storage for the past 5 or 6 years....The Asylum Devil's Night. The story may or may not be news to you, but in Detroit on Oct 30, vandalism and arson is a thing. Leave it to Michigan to come up with something like that (I'm in Ohio, so...). To help the cigar pays tribute to the brave men and women that fight the fires set on Devil's night (or any day or night). A worthy cause if ever there was one. Enough talk, let's smoke.
Construction: The Devil's Night is a great looking cigar. The roll is perfect and the wrapper shows no seams or veins.
Pre-light Aroma and Draw: Wow, out of the cellophane the wrapper gives off a crazy sour leather and musty spice. It's hard to believe, but there is an unmistakable celery salt aroma in there too. Easily the most unique aroma I have found while sniffing unlit cigars....a hobby of mine.
Light and Burn: here
Tasting: Off the start the Devil's Night shows some white pepper, banana bread, walnut, and salty leather. The smoke is smooth as silk and easy to retrohale - which gives off mineral and cedar notes. There is a nice orange peel note in there as well as some tea leaves. A terrific start!
Considering this cigar comes from the Aladino factory, the corojo wrapper has a similar feel to the Aladino Corojo Reserve. Milk chocolate, salted pretzel, and some meaty notes fire up in the second third. The core is leather and cedar spice. A nice very Cuban metallic note pops in. More unusual notes appear too. Cumin, cornmeal, and a bright anise note. Man, what a flavor bomb!
The final third kicks in with fennel, light roast coffee, and more of that bright anise. The flavors are dense and deep without overpowering the palate. An interesting mineral water note hits me a near the end. The fennel, cumin, and anise really increase towards the end as well. Overall a highly unique and wonderful smoke.
Value: Prices online range from about $7.50 per cigar to $13 or more.
Final Thoughts: A terrific cigar that really shows off the capabilities of the Eiroa family. A wonderful, eventful, and enjoyable cigar that I would smoke any time and be a happy man. If you can find these things hoard them. Considering the Devil's Night has been aging for the past 6 years I can only imagine how good they will be in another 6. Highly recommended!
Strength: Medium leaning towards full.
Size: 6 x 52
Amazing use of the Asylum logo on this band.
A nice rustic look with nary a blemish to be found.