Cigar Czars



Review of Diesel Sunday Gravy
San Marzano Cigar

By: Gary Manelski

Diesel's Sunday Gravy cigars launched in August 2021. The first blend is called “San Marzano”. San Marzano cigars are made at at Tabacalera AJ Fernandez in Esteli, Nicaragua, and feature three varieties of Cuban-seed tobacco. The wrapper is Ecuadoran Habano, the binder is Nicaraguan Esteli and the filler is Nicaraguan Jalapa. These cigars are available in one size (6” x 54) having an SRP per cigar of only $4.99 (available in ten-count boxes or as single cigars). Sunday Gravy will be a full-time line under Diesel, and will feature seasonal Nicaraguan smokes that will be released quarterly. For more information, please check out the press release.

The sample Diesel Sunday Gravy San Marzano cigar began with a peppery flavor along with some cedar. The cigar was medium-to-full bodied, and became more enjoyable after the first several puffs, as the taste of cedar became more predominate. Both cedar and pepper were the most obvious flavors, but notes of leather along with faint hints of other flavors were sporadically noticeable in the background throughout the duration of the smoke.

The sample Sunday Gravy cigar was very well constructed. It had a very even burn, great draw, and held a long ash. No relights nor touch-ups were needed during the 60 minutes that it took me to smoke the cigar down to two minutes remaining. For being just a $5 cigar, this was most impressive. Although not very complex, the flavor of the cigar was still good and worthy of a 3.5-point rating on a 5-point scale. However, my overall rating is being bumped up to 3.75 points because of the cigar's impeccable construction and amazingly low price point. Sunday Gravy San Marzano is not a cigar for special occasions, but it is a value-priced cigar that is well worth the money.

Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer.

Diesel Sunday Gravy Cigar
Diesel Sunday Gravy San Marzano Cigar