Review of Diesel Whiskey Row Cigars
By: Gary Manelski
Diesel Whiskey Row cigars are blended by AJ Fernandez and developed in partnership with Rabbit Hole Bourbon. These cigars are made with a three-region blend of Nicaraguan fillers along with Mexican binder leaves that have been aged in bourbon barrels. The Habano wrapper is grown in Ecuador.
Diesel Whiskey Row cigars were launched in June 2018, and are available in four sizes, including the Robusto (5.5 x 52) priced at $7.49, which was sampled for this review. For more info about these cigars, please check out the press release.
The Diesel Whiskey Row cigars began with an obvious taste of pepper and spice, which accompanied a predominate woodsy flavor. The pepper backed off a bit by the 15 minute mark, but was still noticeable behind the mostly wood flavor. After another 10 minutes, a slight sweetness complimented the other flavors, which were joined by hints of floral that eventually gave way to a somewhat sour aftertaste by around the 40 minute mark (near the end of the smoke). The body and flavor of these cigars were in the medium-to-full range, with the body being closer to medium and the flavor closer to full. Although the bourbon barrel aging affected the complexity of the flavor to some degree, any actual taste of bourbon was negligible.
These cigars were very well constructed and had a great draw, even burn and held a long ash. No relights nor touch-ups were needed during the 50 minutes that it took me to smoke the Robusto vitola down to two inches remaining. Overall, despite the few sour notes near the end, I rate these Diesel Whiskey Row Robusto-size cigars with a very good 4 points on a 5-point scale.
Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer.