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Construction
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Review By: Matt

Diesel

Diesel is known for their deep, rich, and powerful flavors and their lines have that profile throughout.  Created by AJ Fernandez, who was born in Cuba, there is a definite link between what they create and that old world cigar profile.  These are enjoyable and tend to be consistent. 

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Review By: Matt

Diesel Robusto - To 5.0 X 52




It has been a while since I have had a Diesel so I'm looking forward to smoking this cigar.  This cigar is Nicaraguan filler and binder with a Pennsylvanyia broadleaf wrapper.  Known to be medium to full, this line comes from AJ Fernandez and should provide a nice dark smoke.  Thanks to my buddy Jared who sent this to me to review, I'm looking forward to enjoying this cigar!


Look and Feel: 

The seams are hard to see and has moderate veins throughout.  The color is a nice dark brown with a slightly toothy feel to it and is finished with a double cap.  The cigar gives you a scent of earth and coffee beans from the wrapper and cedar and tobacco from the foot.  Fairly hard feeling to the cigar and seems to be packed tight  The pre-lit draw gives you a sweet tobacco flavor and a slight tingle on your lips. 


Foot Third:

To start I get a pretty strong earthiness with a black coffee note to it.  The finish is long and has a lot of black pepper and a little spicy heat to it.  (not exactly cayenne)  A salty note hits at the end of the finish that lasts a very long time. The draw is great and the burn is sharp.  Leathery notes also are on the draw that add a little balance to keep this cigar from starting out too harsh.  The retrohale is pretty damn spicy with black pepper and cayenne with a touch of herbal notes. 


About half way through the cigar keeps the coffee flavors but more of a creamy coffee and the pepper is on the finish but calms down a bit half way through this third.  The finish takes on a little bit of black tea flavors which is different...So far a nice cigar.


Body Third:

At this point the flavor profile has moved back to medium from a full cigar in the first third.  The draw has opened a bit more which has made it a little too open for my tastes.  The burn is getting off at the start of this third and needs correcting so the flavors don't get wonky.  The draw starts to get some black tea and earth with a black coffee finish...very different.  (not real spice to speak of)  The finish is much shorter and fairly mild with maybe a hint of white pepper.  By the end of this third, the burn needed three corrections which is a little disappointing.  The ash is fairly flaky and only holds about 1/2 of an inch.  Plenty of smoke is produced throughout the first two thirds ...

 

Head Third:
The head third keeps some of those coffee and black tea notes but moves more towards a tangy leather.  The finish sticks to the tangy note with a hint of black pepper.  A bitterness does creep in from time to time on the finish which is not too much but more than I would like.  Tangy earth and leather pretty much finishes this third off and lets you down a little vs. the first two thirds.  When you have interesting flavors before this third you look for more of those...

Summary:

The Diesel performed pretty well overall and had some nice flavors to it.  I enjoyed the black tea since it is not something you usually taste from a cigar.  The coffee, leather, earth, and black pepper notes are enjoyable.  The balance is not always there as things sometimes come out of nowhere.  The transitions do seem to be planned and do complement each other.  It did start off pretty spicy and heavy in earth and coffee and calmed down the rest of the way.  The body is full and moves to medium and the nicotine strength is medium but creeps up towards the end.  I found myself wanting more cream on the finish as that would have complemented the other flavors but it was hard to find.  The burn needing touch-ups four times was disappointing but it would catch up after each minor correction.  This was a pleasant smoke, nothing special, but pleasant for sure.  I think this could be a nice everyday cigar to put into a rotation.  Not a bad Diesel considering it is the lower end of their line.


Look & Feel:
89


Construction:
85

Flavor & Balance:

90

Value:
88

Overall Rating:

89