Asylum 13 Adding Line

Andrew Nagy
Posted: March 20, 2013

Christian Eiroa has harkened back to his roots for the newest addition to the Asylum 13 cigar, an all-Honduran blend covered by -seed wrapper grown on his family’s farm in the Jamastran Valley of Honduras.

Asylum 13 Authentic Seed will be packaged in 50-count boxes and will start shipping in April in two sizes (for now)—a five inch by 50 ring gauge and a six by 60 ring. The suggested retail price will be $5.10 and $6.10 per stick, respectively. Asylum 13 will be rolled in the Tabacos Rancho Jamastran factory in Honduras, where the Camacho brand is made, and Eiroa’s Fabricas Unidas company will distribute the line.

Whereas the original Asylum 13, created by Eiroa and Tom Lazuka, was all-Nicaraguan, the new version is a blend of tobaccos grown in Honduras, wrapped in leaf grown by Christian’s father, Julio, on their family farm. The Eiroas are known for their skill in growing -seed tobacco, a notoriously fickle leaf that is vulnerable to disease and yields fewer leaves per acre than newer hybrids.

“I have always liked the authentic -seed and I’m looking forward to using this wrapper on the Asylum 13 line,” said Lazuka.

Eiroa also said he is working on a 70- and 80-ring gauge version right now, but has yet to finalize the length that works best for the blend.