Cigar Review: Diesel Unholy Cocktail
I first heard of these cigars when Jerry Cruz reviewed them over at StogieReview.com and they piqued my interest since they were made by AJ Fernandez who also makes the Man O War. However I never purchased any until I got one in a cigar pass. The cigar that came in the pass was pretty beat up so I had to go out and buy some more to further appreciate this stick. I have now smoked about 5 of these and decided it was time for a review.
The cigar comes in only one size and in boxes of 30.
Cigar: Diesel Unholy Cocktail
Size: 5 x 56
Wrapper: Pennsylvania Broadleaf
Appearance and Construction: One of the first things I noticed from the Diesel Unholy Cocktail is how heavy it is. Seriously this stick has some significant weight to it and is well rolled with a minimal amount of veins visible on the oily wrapper which is a dark chocolate in color. The foot of the cigar is extremely well packed with no visible stems and a nice bunching.
Flavor & Notes : Once I cut the cap the pre-light draw offered some notes of a sweet black cherry and earth while the foot offered straight tobacco with a touch of spice. Once the cigar is lit there is an onslaught of earth and spice with a touch of nuttiness. As we creep into the second third of this incredibly slow burning cigar the spices are slowly fading away. The notes of nuts are the focal point here with some chocolate notes and a slightly bitter coffee as well. The final third of the cigar was more notes of bitter coffee with some leather and spice on the finish.
Smoking Characteristics: This is a cigar that you need to devote some time to. Due to the heavy weight from the abundance of tobacco in this short torpedo it burns very slow. I devoted almost 2 hours of time smoking it. The draw was was perfect and the medium color ash was solid. The burn line was almost perfect but never needed to be touched up. The cigar produced a nice amount of smoke as well. One thing of note here, due to the abundance of tobacco that is packed into this cigar it has a tendency of cracking or splitting at the seems if it is too dry. I left one in my car a few days and it basically blew up on me as I smoked it. So make sure you keep these properly humidified.
Conclusion: AJ Fernandez is a name the casual smoker does not yet know but will one day soon as it is just a matter of time before he hits it big. Those who take this hobby to levels of obsession know his cigars and the niche he has begun to cut out for himself. This full bodied cigar is so very enjoyable and tasty that I suggest you pick up a box if you like them full bodied. I know I do.