Review of Diesel Whiskey Row Sherry Cask Cigars
By: Gary Manelski
Diesel Whiskey Row Sherry Cask cigars are scheduled to be released on June 3, 2019. These new cigars are the second collaboration between Diesel Cigars and Rabbit Hole Bourbon. The cigar is blended by AJ Fernandez, produced in Nicaragua, and made with Nicaraguan Habano fillers, a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, and a rare Brazilian Arapiraca binder leaf that was aged in Rabbit Hole Sherry barrels. Diesel WR Sherry Cask cigars will be available in three sizes, including the Robusto (5 x 52) priced at $8.49 per stick, which is the subject of this review. For more information about these cigars, please refer to the press release.
I sampled a couple of Diesel Sherry Cask Robustos, and they both took me about 50 minutes to smoke down to two inches remaining. Each required a relight and a touch-up, but for the most part, both cigars had a relatively even burn and held a medium-to-long ash. The draws were fairly good, and the cigars were well constructed.
Upon lighting up the cigars, I tasted a bit of pepper that lasted for just a few puffs, then a modest sweet and spicy flavor became predominate. Both cigars were medium-to-full bodied throughout. In my first sample, I also tasted more of an earthly flavor than in the second sample, which was smoked one week later. The spicy flavor was more predominate in the second sample. However, about half way through each cigar, there was a noticeable uptick in strength as the flavors began to moderate. At this point, the cigars started to become less enjoyable.
Diesel Whiskey Row Sherry Cask cigars were very good smokes until the nicotine kicked in. Overall, I rate the cigars with 3.25 points on a 5-point scale. Although I enjoyed the first half of these cigars about as much as the original Diesel Whiskey Row Cigars reviewed back in 2018, the imbalance of power and flavor in second half was a deal breaker for me. However, I think that some additional aging might help these cigars reach their full potential.
Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer.