Review of Diesel Delirium 2020 Cigar
By: Gary Manelski
Diesel Delirium cigars were blended by AJ Fernandez and made in Nicaragua, with an Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper, a Connecticut Broadleaf binder and a blend of Nicaraguan filler tobaccos. Only 5,000 boxes containing 10 Toro-size (6 x 52) cigars were produced. They became available on March 2, 2020, and are priced at $10 per stick. For more information about these cigars, please see the press release.
Diesel Delirium is the boldest Diesel cigar to date, as advertised. It is full bodied and strong, and definitely not meant for beginners nor mainstream cigar smokers. This one is for hard core cigar smokers, only. The cigar began with a hot peppery flavor along with some sweetness. The intensity tamed down after a few minutes, then a leather taste emerged. The pepper, spice and sweet tastes were still present, but gradually fading.
I puffed on the Delirium less frequently than usual, as I am not a big fan of extra bold and strong cigars. Although the cigar became less intense the more it was smoked, the flavor became less enjoyable. The cigar required a couple of relights and several touch-ups during the 90 minutes that it took me smoke it only half-way down. The draw was good, the burn not always even, and the cigar held just a medium-length ash, probably because I smoked it slower than usual.
AJ Fernandez has blended many phenomenal cigars over that last several years, but I don't think that Diesel Delirium is one of his better works. Hey, even Babe Ruth didn't bat 1000. All said and (half) done, I rate the Delirium with a barely mediocre 3.25 points on a 5-point scale. If you must try one, I recommend not smoking it on an empty stomach, nor on a hot day.
Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer.