New from F-U
Yeah that is Fabrica Unidas, not what you were thnking. F-U is the home of the brands for Christian Eiroa and they have been busy showing a lot of new stuff at the past show. Christian added some new extensions to his lines and a new signature one. The Asylum Ogre has been out for a while. It has a Candela and a Nicaraguan wrapper in a barber pole. The original Ogre was a 7 x 70 big boy. This year, Eiroa and Tom Lasuka realized some people didn’t like the biggies, so they have come out with an Ogre 550, which is 5” x 50. Much easier to smoke. The candela combination gives it an interesting flavor, a bit better perhaps than the traditional Connecticut mix. Oh, and if you realllly love big cigars, there is always the 6” x 80 Ogre.
The Asylum 13
Asylum has come up with a new line addition to the Asylum 13 edition. Tom Lazuka says he is responding to customers in coming out with this new size, but Christian Eiroa says yeah right and Eiroa picked the name. Called 99 Problems it is a traditional lancero. Eiroa says the name is apt because retailers often ask for traditional sizes, but then once they get to the stores, they do not sell. So the box holds 99 of the lanceros and Eiroa figures once a retailer buys it, HE now has the 99 problems to sell. The lancero will retail for $7.
Speaking of lanceros, Edgar Hoill who has his OSOK (One Shot One Kill) line with Eiroa and his Edgar Hoill line, is also making a new lancero in the EH line. Called EH Lancero it is a true 7” x 38 and uses ligero from Jalapa and Esteli. The wrapper is a dark Habano. It provides flavors like the OSOK line but in a smaller ring gauge. The Lancero retails for $10 in boxes of 25.
As for Christian himself, he has his signature line of Eiroa…the first time he has put his name on a cigar. They are more full bodied, but not over the top and are Honduran puros. At the show, he released a new extension to the line called CBT which stands for Capa, Banda and Tripa—wrapper, binder and filler—and all are Maduro. (Guess they can’t call it triple maduro anymore.) The result is a very rich tasting smoke. Prices are similar to the original Eiroa running from $9 to $12.