Medulla Oblongata cigars from Asylum are so-named after the part of the brain that controls such bodily functions as breathing, blood pressure, and heart rate. That's a pretty important part. Yet beyond the tie-in to other Asylum cigars like Schizo, Lobotomy, and Straight Jacket, Medulla Oblongata represents the brand's most ambitious and flavorful releases to date.
It starts with an all-Honduran tobacco core blend offered in five sizes: a 5x50 Robusto, 6x52 Toro, 6x60 Gordo, 7x70, and an 8x80. The cigars also come in your choice of two wrappers - Honduran Corojo and Mexican San Andrés Maduro. All of the Honduran tobaccos are grown on Christian Eiroa's Corojo farm, renown for their exquisite color, flavor, and aroma. Plus, the cigars are rolled at Eiroa's El Aladino factory in Danlí, Honduras and offered in two formats – round parejo (Medulla) and box-pressed (Oblongata).
The smoke is exceptionally creamy and brims with a perfectly-balanced brew of cedar, sweet spices, coffee, and caramel. To be perfectly honest, you just have to taste all that full-flavored goodness for yourself. It depends on the shape, too, since box pressing changes the rate at which a cigar burns. And according to Bianca Melone, Marketing Director for CLE Cigar Co.: "Whether or not it changes the flavor is up to the person smoking the cigar, as each person experiences flavors differently."