It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I’m in for a long ride with the Asylum 13 Ogre. This 7×70 barber-pole stick features both Habano and Candela wrappers from Nicaragua with Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos. The wrapper has a vegetal aroma with musty floral notes coming out of the foot. I decide to punch the cigar to get plenty of suction on the draw.
Pre-light, there is a light earth and tobacco core. Once I get this beast blazing, there is minimal smoke that offers a slight spice with a grassy, fresh flower taste. The finish is spicy and very long.
After a long hour and ten minutes, I finish the first third. It outstandingly burns sharp even with the enormous ring gauge. The smoke output picks up with thick, smooth smoke. I pick up a mix of spice and floral flavors with grass and tree bark on the draw. Through the nose, there is mild wood and spice with what I imagine potpourri to taste like. The finish contributes flavors of pancake batter, a very green earth, and a delicious creamy chocolate. Both the body and strength remains a solid medium-to-full. It definitely lets my head know it’s around.
The second third brings me to a whopping one hour and forty-five minutes. The burn on this third is wavy but not overly problematic. The draw greets me with a smooth and light cocoa flavor that I adore alongside grass and a ramped up spice. On the retro-hale, I pick out wood, walnuts, and mild spice. The finish is unique with more spice, mellow wood, and a distinctive vegetal creaminess. Strength and body have not changed.
The final third closes out shortly after the three-hour mark. The draw has given me more grassy flavors and spice with an addition of black licorice. There is cinnamon, mild black pepper, and cedar through the nose. A creamy shortbread and graham cracker flavor comes through early on the finish which transitions to a very earthy grass, mild spice, and an unpleasant bitterness. The smoke is now very hot. The body and strength finish up at the medium-to-full mark.
The size of this jawbreaker really took away from my experience. I didn’t go into it thinking it would be quick, but it felt like it was never going to end. That being said, I did thoroughly enjoy the majority of the flavors it presented to me, and it had a decent amount of complexity considering the size. I expected the flavors to be muted by huge amounts of flavorless filler tobacco, but that was not the case. It was blended well with a very balanced flavor profile.
I would recommend trying this thing out if you can patiently sit down and puff for over three hours, but it is my opinion that this cigar would be much better in traditional sizes. It also seemed to need a bit more humidor age to mellow out the bitterness I experienced towards the end. I’ll admit it, I liked this thing much more than I expected to. Am I rushing out to buy more? Not in this size. I may pick up a few to age if I can get a good deal on the smaller sizes, though. Smoke a 70-ring gauge cigar: check!
Keep it lit.
Be sure to try out some of the giant cigars created by German Cigar maker Kurt Brandt. We admit his Suenos Oro Double Toro isn’t quite as large, however a 6.5 X 56 isn’t a small cigar.