It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Asylum Dragon’s Milk. This 7×52 Churchill is a collaboration between Asylum Cigars and New Holland Brewing Co. These cigars are rolled with all Nicaraguan tobacco and then left in used stout barrels for 48 hours to infuse the flavor of Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel Stout.
The wrapper gives off a sweet cocoa and very apparent aroma of the Dragon’s Milk. Out of the foot, I get a similar aroma with an extra bit of sweetness. The cold draw gives me bitterness with a slight sweet cocoa. Once I light the cigar up, there is some spice on the draw with chocolate. The finish gives me black pepper and char, while the retro-hale presents me with stout flavor.
After half an hour, I finish the first third. On the draw, there is a bold and spicy chocolate with some black pepper and sweet earth. The retro-hale gives me oak with a tobacco core and some graham cracker flavor. The finish offers some cocoa and coffee alongside the stout flavor. The body of the smoke is very full, while the strength settles at the medium-to-full mark.
One hour in, the second third closes out. The draw is simple with cedar and sweet cocoa. Through the nose, there is some earthy wood and a hint of the stout flavor. On the finish, I get black pepper and hay. Strength and body have both dropped down to the medium mark.
At around an hour and a half, I decide to call it quits just before the end of the final third. On the draw, the flavors do not change with the exception of a coffee flavor appearing. Through the nose, there is sweet earth and chocolate, and on the finish, I only pick up an underlying stout flavor and some black pepper. Strength and body close out at the medium to full mark.
This cigar was a very big disappointment for me. I had high hopes since I love Dragon’s Milk and have enjoyed many other Asylum cigars. There is not much complexity to this stick, and the stout flavors fade rather quickly. It’s unfortunate considering these run for around $17 per stick. It did at least have some oomph to it, and I’m sure some not-so-refined palates might find it enjoyable, but I was left feeling ripped off. If you can get these for cheap, they might make for a good handout stick. Otherwise, spend your money elsewhere.