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If you enjoy sampling cigars on the contemporary leading edge, a Diesel should definitely be on your list. The latest offer from the estimable Abdel “A.J.” Fernandez, Diesel offers a medium- to full-bodied flavor, robust and well balanced. These are not for the faint of heart or delicate of palate. You may want to read that again and commit it to memory.
Diesel Cigars may rock you back on your heels a bit with the first puff. However, you’ll find that this cigar is never harsh. It just makes a statement that stands on its own merits. The flavor is leather and spice on the top, smooth but strong espresso underneath. If the thought of this experience makes your mouth water, keep reading. Aged three years, Nicaraguan Estelí, Condega, and Jalapa fillers lie at the heart of a Diesel, wrapped in a dark, unctuous Pennsylvania Broadleaf.
A.J. Fernandez spent his youth studying under Don Alejandro Robaina in Cuba and evidently he learned his lessons well. Relocating to Nicaragua a few years ago, A.J. established a reputation for producing his own fine premium cigars. He has branched out and now makes righteous boutique cigars like Padilla Habano, Rocky Patel’s Fusion, Man O’ War, Man O’ War Ruination, and Sol Cubano.
Diesel is not a cigar you’ll enjoy over a delicate glass of wine. A hearty dark-roast coffee seems more appropriate. A sturdy dark beer such as a stout or ale might do as well. Make no mistake. The Diesel is one serious cigar and is only available in a 5.0 X 54 Belicoso. When you light one of these, your companions will know you mean business.