The Diesel Grind is a B&M exclusive that I picked up when I attended CATSFest 2014. Diesel is created by AJ Fernandez who has a significant number of blends consistently coming up on my ‘buy list’. The Diesel line currently consists of the Unholy Cocktail, Unlimited, Shorty Edition, Grind, and Crucible.
The Diesel Grind series is available in 5 vitolas: Shorty (4-1/2”x60), Robusto (5”x54), Belicoso (5”x56”), Toro (6”x52) and Double Toro (6”x60).
“The Diesel Grind is a full bodied smoke with great balanced flavors that don’t fade from start to finish.”
On the nose I’m able to pick up loads of spices with an undertone of rich fermented tobacco. If this doesn’t have you eager to light up, I don’t know what would.
As is becoming tradition for me, I used a v-cut and found the draw to be towards towards the loose end. The cold draw was rich tobacco and spices which matched everything I was picking up on the nose.
The first was a complex medley of nuts, spices, and a lighter pepper that lingers. What a great start! Surprisingly the retrohale is lighter than I would have expected with the nuts and pepper being present but quite subdued.
There’s some dried wood characteristics coming through about 45 minutes in.
The Diesel Grind doesn’t seem to evolve in the middle third. Still getting the initial flavors with an excellent balance. As the middle third progresses the pepper is long gone barely detectable on the retrohale.
Still the same flavor profile in the last third, with some earth being introduced and the spices edging out the rest in intensity. Just a fantastic close out here.
The Diesel Grind is a full bodied smoke with great balanced flavors that don’t fade from start to finish. I can’t believe that Diesel wasn’t on my radar before now. If you have the opportunity you owe it to yourself to grab some of the Diesel Grind or others from the Diesel line-up to try for yourself.