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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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Today’s cigar reviews on Puff.com are all about the Diesel brand.  We’ll kick things off with the Diesel Unlimited and finish up with the Diesel Unholy Cocktail.

Diesel Unlimited d.5

Okay.  I’ll admit it.  When I hear the name Diesel, a few things pop into my mind first: gasoline, former NBA great Shaq “Diesel,” and a company that makes clothes and watches.  For this review, however, I’ll be taking a look at stogies from Diesel Cigars, a company backed by Tabacalera Fernandez. 

Master cigar maker AJ Fernandez is the man behind the brand, and here’s a brief bio on the man himself and his vision for Diesel Cigars, as taken from their company website:

“Abdel 'AJ' Fernandez was born in San Luis, Cuba, where he studied under his neighbor, the legendary Don Alejandro Robaina. After nearly two decades of learning and perfecting his craft under Alejandro's guidance, AJ fled Cuba to Esteli, Nicaragua, and established his own cigar factory. Utilizing traditional Cuban cigar-making techniques, along with several secret family processes, his cigars embrace a unique old world character that's traditional and familiar, but distinctive as well. His proprietary premium tobaccos are superior in nature and fermented to perfection. His quality control measures are among the most stringent in the industry. And his uncanny ability to work with and properly blend tobaccos is nearly unsurpassed. These qualities all combine and lend themselves to an extremely well-made, premium cigar with brilliant flavor and charisma. Diesel is no exception.”

Now that you have a background on Diesel Cigars, let’s take a look at the Diesel Unlimited d.5 and see what it brings to the table.

The Diesel Unlimited d.5 is a Robusto that measures 5.5 x 54.  Other sizes in the line include the 5.7 x 56 d.X, 6 x 60 d.6, and the 7 x 58 d.7.  This full-bodied cigar has a filler made up of Condega Ligero, Esteli Ligero, and San Andres tobaccos.  The binder is Nicaraguan Ligero, and a Honduran Ligero wrapper completes the composition.

If I had to use one word to describe the appearance of the Diesel Unlimited d.5, it would be “neat.”  Simply put, this is a clean looking cigar without a lot of frills.  The medium-brown wrapper is smooth and sports just a bit of oil on the surface.  Only a few minor veins are detected.  It feels nice and solid in my hand and has no give when pressed.  At the foot resides a small reddish-brown band that features the Diesel name.  Before lighting, there’s a spicy aroma and cold taste that make me think I might have a pretty strong stogie ahead of me.

The Diesel Unlimited d.5 lights with ease, and the draw I get from the punched cigar is quite nice.  The burn only requires one touch-up and zero re-lights.  The cigar never seems to get too hot either and produces solid gray ash.  Smoking time is just over an hour.






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