The Diesel Whiskey Row is a collection blended by AJ Fernandez and developed in partnership with Rabbit Hole Bourbon. It features binder leaves aged in bourbon barrels, in a proprietary process developed by AJ to enhance the profile of the cigar. Diesel Senior Brand Manager Justin Andrews said, “The partnership between Diesel and Rabbit Hole speaks of going against the grain in traditional industries. Rabbit Hole doesn’t claim to use 12 year old juice or have a 6th generation master distiller, much like Diesel doesn’t claim to be an old Cuban brand or have tobaccos that have been aged for 20 years. Both Rabbit Hole and Diesel are young, energetic brands with a unique go-to-market strategy. We knew the first time both companies sat down, there was a tremendous amount of synergy.”
Diesel Whiskey Row will launch in June with four sizes, each presented in 25-count boxes.
Robusto 5.5 x 52 – SRP per cigar is $7.49
Toro 6 x 54 – SRP per cigar is $7.99
Churchill 7 x 49 – SRP per cigar is $8.49
Gigante 6 x 60 – SRP per cigar is $8.99
But, on to my experience!
Diesel Whiskey Row
Size: 5.5 x 52
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Mexican San Andres
Filler: Nicaragua (Ometepe, Condega, Jalapa)
Cigars smoked for review: 2
Cigars for review provided by: General Cigar Co.
Quick Note: For this review I used Cigar Federation's rating system
Prelight: The Diesel Whiskey Row is a very attractive cigar with banding that blends in perfectly with naturally reddish hue of the wrapper. very elegant conveys the branding.The wrapper has a pungent aroma of fermented tobacco, manure, and a dirty fudge note. The foot has the fermented tobacco aroma, but the dirty fudge note is stronger and sweeter here. The draw is very dry with strong notes os wood and tobacco, with a hint of whiskey barrel aroma.
Beginning: After lighting, the Whiskey Row starts off with some nice flavors. First there is a peppery, oak note, followed by a nice sweetness from the whiskey barrel. It tastes similar to a sour mash flavor, but more muted. As the Whiskey Row progresses, the sweetness picks up and compliments with the spicy Nicaraguan tobacco perfectly. The finish is long and dry, leaving a woody note on the tongue. The draw is perfect, the burn is dead on, and the ash is nice and tight, but does fall off before the first third completes. It starts off strong too, being a solid medium to full in both strength and body.
Middle: The second third seems to get even drier on the finish, but not negatively. A dry wood note dominates the profile, with hints of bourbon and vanilla to sweeten things up a bit. The body and strength stay a solid medium-full and the ash, though solid, only stays on for about half an inch at a time.
End: The final third continues in a very similar path as the previous third, but the strength really picks up. This third has to be smoked slow, or else it gets overly bitter and harsh. It may have just been my cigars, because I have had that happen before with a select couple of cigars, but it became a turn off at the end. Though, I did get this cigar smoked far enough to consider it finished.
Final Thoughts: I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this barrel aged tobacco had a distinctive flavor from most other similarly aged tobaccos. I could actually get hints of the bourbon and really enjoyed the sweet vanilla notes. The only flaw I had was the bitterness at the end, but I think that is either a fluke or fixable by smoking a bit different. The price is pretty nice too, especially for the quality. I will be revisiting.
Rating: 87 aka "5-pack"