Wrapper type: Ligero
Nicaragua and Mexico
Appearance (0-20): Can you ask for anything better than a beautifully rich wrapper? It’s dark, it’s oily, and it’s calling out for you to enjoy it. The band is a simple design, which makes you think a lot of a tattoo or motorcycle shop. Actually come to think of it, the industrial nature of the band seems to make a lot of sense with a brand name like Diesel. A few minor veins are strewn across the body of the cigar though, foiling what would be nearly a perfect look.
Construction (0-20): AJ Fernandez seems to be among the most consistent when it comes to how the cigar is constructed. The tobacco inside is nice and tight without being too cramped. The outer leaf appears to have been carefully and quite skillfully rolled. Throughout the smoke it held together very well, with the ash building to over an inch at a time. Nice smooth draw with enough resistance to keep the smoke coming. Minor points come off for a decent amount of debris upon the cut.
Strength (0-20): Another full bodied punch from AJ that hits hard and takes no prisoners. This one is definitely for the heavy cigar lovers, as it maintains the same powerful hit throughout the entire experience.
Flavor (0-20): There are some very nice opening tastes to the cigar, with leathery notes blending with a decent spice mixture. Along with the heat of the spice, there is an underlying sweetness that peeks out, making the cigar that much more enjoyable. Thankfully the complexity begins to kick forward a bit when you hit the second third of the cigar, with buttery flavors taking the main stage… and of course a huge pepper presence. In the last third you don’t lose that spice at all, but it goes back to the leathery / earthy taste you had in the beginning. Again this is not extremely complex, but it does hold some nice twists and turns to create a really enjoyable flavor profile.
Value (0-20): $4. Let me try that again. FOUR. FREAKING. DOLLARS. Are you kidding me? This is the type of cigar I would pay up to $8 for. Take a look at other things that have been reviewed and tell me this isn’t a steal for $4. Hands down, this is the definition of what a bargain cigar is.
Additional Notes: Paired with Sam Adams Black and Brew at Cigars International (along with my Broski!).
Overall (0-100): There are very few cigars that are going to hold this kind of kick, taste, complexity… AND still be under a $5 price. If you haven’t had one of these (or any of the Diesel line for that matter), do yourself a flavor and pick one up. Hell, pick up a 5 pack. You won’t be disappointed.