Cigar Review: Old fashioned power house

Cigar review:

My history with Diesel cigars has been very limited with a couple of smokes back so far I don’t remember much about them. This is actually a good thing so any experience I have had won’t impact my thoughts about this smoke.

I received the Diesel  Grind from General Cigars so it could be reviewed. As always , my reviews are not influenced by where and how I receive the smoke. 

Here is the basic information about the blend form a General Cigar press release.

Diesel Grind, a line sold by Cigars International and also distributed by Meier & Dutch is now joining the General Cigar portfolio. The cigar was showcased at this year’s 2017 IPCPR Trade Show.

Diesel is a brand that is made by AJ Fernandez and has been in the Cigars International/Meier & Dutch portfolio for several years. Since both business units are owned by General Cigar’s parent company Scandinavian Tobacco Group, the transition of the Diesel Grind line on the surface was quite easy. As a part of the transition, Diesel Grind will now become a brick and mortar exclusive.

Diesel Grind

Diesel Grind features a Nicaraguan binder and filler and is wrapped with a Habano leaf. The cigars will be offered in three sizes in 20-count rustic wooden boxes. The cigar is described as a powerful, but smooth smoke. The cigar is positioned as a value-priced cigar priced from $5.99 to $6.99.

At a glance, here is a look at Diesel Grind:

Blend Profile

Wrapper: Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (Tabacalera Fernandez)

Vitolas Available ( The Robusto is what I am going to review)

Robusto: 4.88 x 50 ($5.99 SRP)

Where and When smoked: Los Angeles , Ca. 3/6/2018

Appearance/Construction: The wrapper is dark with a tight feel to its construction, oily with several large veins showing.

It’s rustic in appearance which I like, not making a flashy presentation with a simple band around the foot.

Flavor/Taste and Aroma: Initial taste of a powerful blast of rich coco, nuts/cashews and black pepper but not harsh at all. it gave me a pleasant sensation of an easy to smoke, full-bodied cigar. Sometimes you might get thrown off by the look of a cigar, thinking one thing and tasting another.

As the second third hit, the smoothness became the theme of the cigar as you want to dig in, sit back and enjoy what you are experiencing. The strength would be a full-bodied but someone else might call it medium. I could go either way with the description.

The final third was once again a combination of the coco, with a bit of earthy appeal for the tail end of the cigar.

Smoking Characteristics: No burn issues, straight and true to the end. Dark Grey ash, cool smoking and easy to smoke. No battles to keep it going.

Conclusion/Overall Impression: The Diesel reminds me of the San Lontano Oval which does not surprise as both cigars are made by AJ Fernandez stable. I truly enjoyed the cigar to the nub and it served me well for my afternoon.

Final Thoughts and numbers:  Get hold of these cigars as it gave me a very good smoking experience. Throw in the modest price point and it is in your best interest to load up with them. I am not sure about the availability in your local B and M’s as the large catalogue stores no longer sell them directly. However, they still might have them in stock. There are so many large dealers I had no interest in seeing who carries them, that is your job.

Appearance/Construction: 4 out of 5

Flavor/Taste and Aroma: 4 out of 5

Smoking Characteristics: 4 out of 5

Conclusion/Overall Impression: 4 out of 5

This cigar is a buy.

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