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Cigar Review: Diesel Whiskey Row

Diesel Whiskey Row

 

 

 

Diesel Whiskey Row was made in conjunction with craft distiller Rabbit Hole, as the Mexican San Andres binder is aged inside bourbon barrels and then blended with Nicaraguan long fillers from Ometepe, Jalapa, and Condega, and the blend is then wrapped with an Ecuador Habano leaf.

Hand crafted by AJ Fernandez in Nicaragua, and when he was approached about crafting a cigar with tobaccos aged in bourbon barrels, he was apprehensive at first.

However, when he realized how much flavor the tobaccos took on during the process, he was all in and there was no turning back.

 

 

 

Diesel Whiskey Row Available Sizes:

  • Churchill: 7 x 49
  • Gigante:  6 x 60
  • Robusto: 5 1/2 x 52
  • Toro: 6 x 54

 

 

 

  • APPEARANCE

 

The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper is graham cracker in color. Smooth to the touch the vitola has minimal tooth with prominent vein and visible seam.

At 5 1/2 x 52 it’s rolled in the Robusto format with a wide open foot and rounded cap.

The primary band closely resembles the label on a bottle of Rabbit Hole Whiskey.

Colored in grey, light and dark brown with gold accents the band reads “diesel” and “WHISKEY ROW” with a silhouette of a grey rabbit jumping into a hole.

Above is a circular shield with a “d” in the middle.

The footer band is light beige reading “BOURBON BARREL AGED” in dark font with “RABBIT HOLE” in white.

The Rabbit Hole whiskey logo is circled by the words “DIESEL WHISKEY ROW” and “BOURBON BARELL AGED”.

Pre-light aroma had notes of fruit that closely resembled raspberry cream, vanilla and earth.

The cold draw produced flavors of dried fruit, creamy malt and leather spice.

 

 

 

 

  • FIRST LIGHT

 

The aroma off the toasted foot reminded me of scorched earth, very similar to a field of trees after a wildfire.

Initial flavors of bitter leather and woody char with a smoky effect.

When the blend settles in smokey peaty flavors dominate the blend.

I’m not a whiskey or bourbon drinker, although I’ve tasted both libations the initial first light flavors are more similar to fire cured tobacco.

The background profile is producing flavors of smoked almonds, creamy leather with a bite and floral.

The spicy element is in the form of black pepper and a distinct leather bite.

The retro-hale is producing an immediate sting of wasabi through the nose evolving into a bouquet of floral on the finish.

 

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

 

In the second half smoky peaty flavors of fire cured tobacco are up front and on point dominating the blend thus far.

The background profile is consistent with oily smoked almonds, leather and earth.

The spicy element of black pepper has been morphed into a spicy leather bite at a level of MED-FULL.

The sting of wasabi has diminished evolving into FULL white pepper on the retro-hale with a finish of floral.

 

  • FINAL THIRD

 

Heading into the final third the flavor profile of the Diesel Whiskey Row hasn’t evolved much with flavors of smoky peaty fire cured tobacco and heavy leather with floral.

The background profile has been dominated by the core flavors, although the vitola is producing raw walnuts and earth on the finish.

The spicy leather bite has remained consistent since first light blending in with the aforementioned core flavor of smoky fire cured tobacco.

White pepper on the retro-hale has decreased evolving into a finish of creamy floral.

 

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

 

• CONSTRUCTION: Construction was flawless! No palpable soft spots, blemishes or cracks on all 3 cigars smoked for review.

 

• BURN: Combustion was consistent throughout all three smoking stages producing a razor sharp burn with a circular carbon line.

 

• ASH: The salt and pepper colored ash was thick a circular holding an inch-plus requiring force to tap off.

 

• CUT: A large v-cut was used on all three examples smoked for review.

 

• DRAW: A wide open draw with a perfect milkshake type resistance.

 

• RE-LIGHTS: Zero.

 

• FIRE: JetLine triple flame torch.

 

• STRENGTH: MED to FULL bodied wheelhouse.

 

  • CONCLUSION

 

The Diesel Whiskey Row was pretty straight forward with identifiable flavors, at least to my palate.

The bourbon barrel aged binder is a Mexican San Andres leaf however the overwhelming flavors of fire cured tobacco seemed to dominate every aspect of the blend with very little influence of any background flavors.

A distinct leather bite kept the vitola MED to FULL with a bouquet of floral and leather on the finish.

Construction on the Diesel Whiskey Row was flawless from first light to final third.

 

 

 

 


Cigar reviewed: Diesel Whiskey Row Robusto

Cigars for review: Purchased

Cigars smoked for review: 8 total, 3 for standard review

Cigar Smoke Rate: 88

Size: 5 1/2 x 52 (Robusto)

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: Bourbon Barrell Aged Mexican San Andrés

Filler: Nicaraguan Ometepe, Jalapa, and Condega

Box count: 25

Production: Regular

Country of origin: Nicaragua

Factory: Tabacalera AJ Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua S.A.

Photos by: Cigar Smoke

 

 

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