IPCPR 2019: Asylum

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Asylum is part of the CLE Cigar Co. booth again this year, though the photo op wall is for an Eiroa cigar and not a straight jacket like last year.

Just because Asylum didn’t have a straight jacket doesn’t mean it is lacking new releases, quite the opposite in fact. Asylum has a new line, a new anniversary cigar and to round it out they have a new brand that falls under the Asylum umbrella. Since owner Tom Lazuka was busy with customers, as the booth was quite busy despite it being an early stop in the day for me, marketing director Raul Flores was happy to show me the new stuff, especially since he had a hand in some of the great looking designs.

Wynwood Hills Deranged

Originally this brand was to be called Waverly Hills after the famous haunted sanatorium, though because of trademark issues was renamed Wynwood Hills. The logo WHC on the ribbon is still fairly reminiscent of the Waverly Hills Sanatorium WHS logo, as a nod to the inspiration behind the idea. While all three lines have the same two sizes, pricing, filler and binder, the wrapper is different for each one. In addition to the boxes, there is a tray that will fit all three blend’s 6 x 60 sizes available for retailer display.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Sumatra)
  • Binder: Honduras
  • Filler: Honduras
  • Wynwood Hills Deranged 6 x 60 — $8.50 (Box of 20, $170)

Production: Regular Production
Release Date: July 2019

Wynwood Hills Mayhem

This is the Corojo wrapped version.

  • Wrapper: Honduras (Corojo)
  • Binder: Honduras
  • Filler: Honduras
  • Wynwood Hills Mayhem 6 x 60 — $8.50 (Box of 20, $170)

Production: Regular Production
Release Date: July 2019

Wynwood Hills Unhinged

And finally the Connecticut broadleaf version.

  • Wrapper: U.S.A. (Connecticut Broadleaf)
  • Binder: Honduras
  • Filler: Honduras
  • Wynwood Hills Unhinged 6 x 60 — $8.50 (Box of 20, $170)

Production: Regular Production
Release Date: July 2019

Asylum Pandemonium

The Asylum Pandemonium is the brand’s strongest and boldest cigar to date. It’s a Nicaraguan puro made in Nicaragua and each cigar is the same length, with just the ring gauge changing.

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Asylum Pandemonium 8 1/2 x 52 — $10.50 (Box of 20, $210)
  • Asylum Pandemonium 8 1/2 x 60 — $11.50 (Box of 20, $230)
  • Asylum Pandemonium 8 1/2 x 70 — $12.50 (Box of 20, $250)

Production: Regular Production
Release Date: July 2019

Asylum Seven

Celebrating seven years in the business, Asylum is releasing a special edition called Seven. It will come in two sizes with each cigar coming in an individual coffin.

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Honduras
  • Filler: Honduras
  • Asylum Seven 11/18 (6 x 48/54/48) — $20 (Box of 20, $400)
  • Asylum Seven 7 x 70 (7 x 70) — $25 (Box of 20, $500)

Production: 1,000 Boxes Per Size (40,000 Total Cigars)
Release Date: September 2019

Asylum 13 Packaging Updates

Lastly, the Asylum 13 Connecticut and Corojo are getting a packaging update, bringing the look more in line with most of core CLE products.

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Brian Burt
About the author

I have been smoking cigars since 2005 and reviewing them as a hobby since 2010. Initially I started out small with a 50-count humidor and only smoking one or two cigars a month. Not knowing anybody else that smoked cigars, it was only an occasional hobby that I took part in. In March of 2010 I joined Nublive and Cigar Asylum, connecting me with many people who also shared an interest in cigars. Reading what they had to say about brands I had never heard of, I quickly immersed myself in the boutique brands of the industry and it was then that cigars transformed from a hobby into a passion. Besides my cigar hobby and job in the IT industry, my wife and I love traveling, trying new restaurants and relaxing at home with our two dogs.

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