Cigar Czars



Review of Diesel Vintage
Robusto Gordo Cigar

By: Gary Manelski

Diesel Vintage cigars are made in Nicaragua with a Mexican San Andreas Maduro wrapper, Nicaraguan binder, and a blend of Nicaraguan filler tobaccos that were aged for up to eight years. These cigars debuted in July 2023, and are available in five sizes including a Robusto Gordo (5 x 56) priced at $7.79 per stick, which is the subject of this review. For more information about Diesel Vintage cigars, please check out the press release.

The sample Diesel Vintage Robusto Gordo cigar began with a full earthy flavor and a hint of spice. I was anticipating that this cigar would be very bold like some other Diesel cigars, such as the Diesel Atonement, which was one of the boldest cigars that I have ever smoked. Although the Diesel Vintage had a full earthy flavor from the start, it was more balanced and not as bold as Atonement. The body was more in the medium-to-full range, and would not be overpowering for most cigar smokers. About 10 minutes into the smoking session, a cedar taste emerged to join the earthy flavor, and then the taste of the cigar remained pretty consistent beyond this point.

The sample Diesel Vintage cigar was very well made, had a good draw, even burn, and held a long ash. It took me 45 minutes to smoke the Robusto Gordo down to 1½ inches remaining. During that time, one minor touch-up was applied at the 30-minute mark to keep the burn perfectly even. No relights were required.

I enjoyed the Diesel Vintage Robusto Gordo cigar enough to rate it with a superior 4.25 points on a 5-point scale. The cigar was well-balanced and its full flavor was very enjoyable throughout the entire smoking session, without being overpowering. Made with aged vintage tobaccos and having a price of only $7.79 per cigar, it should appeal to most cigar smokers more than the bolder (and more expensive) Diesel Atonement.

Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer.

Diesel Vintage Cigar
Diesel Vintage Cigar