Asylum Lobotomy Petit-corona (4.25″x44) seems to be a Famous Smoke exclusive. There are a few vitolas, but these little babies are by far the smallest and they are tiny indeed, like my present favorite the Room 101 Ecuador petit-corona (see picture)! But it’s a very different cigar!
A Nicaraguan puro with Habano Maduro wrapper and Nicaraguan binder and fillers (otherwise unspecified). It looks real nice. Smooth dark wrapper, slightly oily, not densely packed but not loose either. Feels good with no aparent soft spots. The wrapper aroma is manure and barnyard, very rich. On the cold draw, I got little, but the wrapper is noticibly salty.
Smoking was good. Lots of smoke, perfect draw all the way along. I had to correct the burn a few times, but then I am a “serial corrector”. Oddly though, it did go out a couple of times and I didn’t think I was smoking too slowly. This being the first of these I’ve smoked, and they are fresh having only just been released in February 2016, I’ll see how others go in this.
Flavors… Well, if you like pepper bombs, you will love this cigar. From first to last, there is lots of pepper on the tongue and retrohale. It can get so bright that it sometimes tastes like there is a little lemmon peel in there once in a while. Otherwise the first half of the cigar has vegetal, barnyard notes, burnt wood, maybe cedar. As the cigar slips into the second half some sweetness comes in. Sometimes I sense nut, or flowers, roasted vegetables and maybe something like hops. One of the nice things this cigar does is transition from more burnt to sweet, but all sorts of flavor notes come and go adding to the layers here. Throughout it all there is the pepper. Every flavor seems to dance on the pepper but the pepper doesn’t mask the other flavors, instead I think it pushes everything else along. A very interesting blend!
Prices on these are very reasonable especially for the quality of the cigars. These petit-corona bundles of 20 come out to only $3.90/stick. Amazing!