February 11, 2014 (Miami, Fla.) — The Asylum Cigar brand will be introducing a much anticipated predecessor to the “OGRE.” The Ogre is known for its unique appearance using a barber pole two wrapper system incorporating Candela and Dark Habano tobacco

Tom Lazuka and Christian Eiroa noticed as with the 80 x 6 ring gauge, that the public was clamoring for a smaller version of the Ogre, that until now was only available in a 70 x 7 ring gauge.

“What started as a St. Patrick’s day cigar has now become a sensation in our Asylum 13 brand and a product many were originally skeptical about, but pleasantly surprised upon lighting one up,” says Co-Founder Tom Lazuka.

There will be three new sizes available around St. Patrick’s Day this year which include: 50 x 5, 60 x 6, and 80 x 6 ring gauges. “We didn’t leave out our big cigar guys and decided to also throw in a bigger Ogre in the mix,” said Christian Eiroa when asked about the new sizes.

The MSRP for these new sizes will range from $6.30 – $10.20 respectively.

These three new additions to the Ogre family are sure to invite much more interest for those who fancy a smaller ring gauge. This will serve as a reminder to never judge a cigar by its Candela wrapper.

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.