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Cigar Review: Diesel Hair Of The Dog

Diesel Hair Of The Dog

 

 

 

As a follow-up to last year’s Diesel Whiskey Row, General Cigar has released Diesel Hair of the Dog, and the new smoke is starting to hit cigar shops now.

Diesel Whiskey Row followed in 2018 as a collaboration with Kentucky-based Rabbit Hole Bourbon.

Made in Nicaragua by A.J. Fernandez, Hair of the Dog consists of an Ecuador Habano wrapper, Ecuador Sumatra binder and Nicaraguan Habano filler.

Diesel is primarily a catalog brand sold through Cigars International produced by A.J. Fernandez.

 

 

Packaging for Diesel Hair Of The Dog in rustic wooden 10-count boxes

 

 

 

Limited-Edition Diesel Hair Of The Dog 

  • Size: 6 x 54 (Toro) Box-Pressed
  • Box Count: 10
  • Production: 5,000 Boxes

 

 

 

  • APPEARANCE

 

The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper is walnut shell in color with light seam and notable vein.

At 6 x 54 it’s firmly packed presenting in a box-pressed Toro format with an open square foot and a semi rounded triple cap.

Diesel cigars have a rustic look and the Hair Of The Dog is no exception. One antique looking band sits on the vitola, overall beige with grey and brown accents it reads “HAIR OF THE DOG” in mixed colors of brown and rust.

Along the side reads “diesel” in white english font with the “d” diesel logo atop colored in rust.

Pre-light aroma had notes of dried fruit, sweet floral and wood.

The cold draw produced flavors of leather, malt, earth and cedar.

 

 

 

 

  • FIRST LIGHT

 

An aroma of sweet cedar off the toasted foot.

Initial first light flavors of cedar char, raw walnuts and orange peel.

When the blend settles in flavors of mild bitter dark chocolate, molasses and dark roasted malt.

The background profile is producing balanced flavors of dried meat similar to beef jerky with a dash of salt and coffee.

The spicy element is in the form of a complex MILD-MED black table pepper.

Clean white pepper on the retro-hale evolving into a long finish of charred sweet caramel.

 

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

 

In the second half dark roasted malt, dark chocolate and creamy leather are up front and on point.

Coffee, sweet cedar and oily walnuts are in the background blending in with the aforementioned core flavors.

Black table pepper has transitioned to light with a complex balance as the nuance and core flavors of the vitola remain identifiable and enjoyable.

The retro-hale of white pepper has increased with a sting through the nose producing a long finish of toffee and caramel.

 

 

 

 

  • FINAL THIRD

 

Heading into the final third the flavor profile has intensified with dark chocolate, creamy leather, dark malt and an assortment of roasted nuts most notable is oily walnuts.

Mild floral, coffee and earth remain in the background with an increase of black table pepper at a level of MED-PLUS.

The retro-hale has increased to FULL white pepper with a finish of caramel.

 

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

 

• CONSTRUCTION: Construction was exemplary! Firmly packed with no palpable soft spots, blemishes or inconsistencies on the box-press format.

 

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

 

• ASH: The light grey ash was thick and squared holding an inch-plus producing a stack of dimes requiring force to tap off.

 

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

 

• DRAW: The vitola produced a minimal amount of resistance resulting in a copious amount of thick and creamy aromatic smoke.

 

• RE-LIGHTS: Zero.

 

• FIRE: Long cedar matches.

 

• STRENGTH: MED to MED-PLUS bodied wheelhouse.

 

  • CONCLUSION

 

According to General Cigar the Hair of the Dog is meant to complement Diesel Whiskey Row launched last year in collaboration with the Louisville based Kentucky Rabbit Hole Distillery.

With flawless construction the box-pressed Toro burned razor sharp and was in the MED-PLUS bodied wheelhouse.

I’ve smoked my fair share of Diesel cigars.

My regular rotations are the Diesel Shorty and the Shorty Grind which I always replenish as needed for a perfect morning pairing with coffee.

Primarily a catalog cigar through Cigars International, the brand has seen a resurgence in popularity since Justin Andrews took the reins as brand manager in 2017 with production taking place at Tabacalera AJ Fernandez based in Nicaragua.

 

 

 

 


Cigar reviewed: Diesel Hair Of The Dog

Cigars for review: Purchased (Box)

Cigars smoked for review: 3

Cigar Smoke Rate: 92

Size: 6 x 54 (Box-Pressed Toro)

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra

Filler: Nicaraguan Habano

Country of origin: Nicaragua

Production: 5,000 10-Count Boxes

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

News source: Diesel Hair Of The Dog Press Release, Justin Andrews

Photos by: Cigar Smoke

 

Toar Campbell

Love of all things cigars, craft beer, Stouts, IPA's (any beer). Follow me on Untappd @Toar Campbell. Writer, reviewer, founder cigarsmoke.net
Toar Campbell

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