Another working weekend, so another short post. Over the last couple of days I smoked the most recent Diesel cigar on the market and the first Diesel cigar that came out nearly 10 years ago. I figured it would be fun to see how the two compared. The Diesel Hair of the Dog is a 6” x 52 toro made of all Nicaraguan Habano fillers with an Ecuador Habano wrapper and Ecuador Sumatra Binder. Like all Diesel cigars, this is made by A.J. Fernandez in Nicaragua. This one was made to compliment the Diesel Whiskey Row, which, as I have mentioned before, was not a cigar that suited my palate. The Hair of the dog, however, I found to be quite enjoyable. There was a sweetness that I found quite enjoyable, with a cedary wood flavor. while it wasn’t the chocolatey sweet cigar I usually am drawn to , it was an enjoyable change. The burn and draw were excellent. It was a medium-bodied smoke and nice and smooth. Of course, the size was just right for me.
Last night I pulled a Diesel Unholy Cocktail out of a box which my son bought in 2011 which has been in my humidor ever since. He knows it’s there, but I have to exact a storage fee every once in a while! As a side note, he recently bought a Xikar XO cutter in the Redwood which is a beautiful tool. I tried it out a couple of weeks ago and failed to mention it. He assisted me at the 2016 IPCPR show where we saw the XO for the first time and we were both lusting after it, and he managed to find a deal on one. I cut a few cigars with it and it cuts cigars like a hot knife through butter. The action is smooth and it’s comfortable in the hand. It’s light weight, but a little bulky in the pocket, but other than that, it’s a superior cutter. Anyway, the Diesel Unholy Cocktail is a 5” x 56 Belicoso with Nicaraguan fillers wrapped in Pennsylvania Broadleaf. It’s a no-nonsense powerhouse. It’s got some strength, even after several years on the humidor, and reasonably one-dimensional, but I like the one dimension it has. The PA Broadleaf has the spicy cocoa that I love. It’s a stark contrast to the Hair of the Dog, which has some subtlety and complexity.
Two cigars from the same line with totally different flavor profiles. As I posted earlier this week, the Whisky Row Sherry Cask that’s coming out sounds intriguing, I’m looking forward to it’s release. That’s all for today, until the next time,