Super Size Me! XL Cigars and Pipes with Special Guest Tom Lazuka from Asylum Cigars

Tom Lazuka, Founder of Asylum Cigars

For a long time, the most popular cigar vitola was the Robusto. But as the years have gone on, the desire for larger and thicker cigars have been gaining popularity in the marketplace. One of the proofs of this growing trend is that now the Toro is the most popular size. In this episode, we delve into the world of extra large cigars with Asylum Cigar’s founder, Tom Lazuka, and Regional Sales Manager Jimmy Price, as we smoke the Pandemonium 70 x 8.5 by Asylum.

In the second half of the show we look at how pipes with XL bowls impact the smoking experience, while we enjoy some Carolina Red Flake (2019) from Cornell & Diehl, one their most popular annual Small Batch blends.

What is it about big ring gauge cigars that makes them so popular? Is it just a fad, or is there something else behind it? Do they have something to offer that “normal” sizes don’t? Do large pipe bowls enhance the smoking experience, or are they just larger tobacco delivery systems designed to get you to go through your tin of tobacco faster? We let you know what we think. And that is Not Just Blowing Smoke!

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