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Cigar Review: Diesel Whiskey Row Sherry Cask Robusto

Diesel Whiskey Row Sherry Cask Robusto

 

 

 

Diesel cigars went from Bourbon to Sherry.

As an addition to last year’s Diesel Whiskey Row, General Cigar Co. launched the Diesel Whiskey Row Sherry Cask on June 3.

Diesel Whiskey Row is produced in conjunction with Rabbit Hole brand Bourbon.

The original Diesel Whiskey Row cigars are made with a binder aged in Rabbit Hole’s Bourbon barrels, while these new Sherry Cask cigars contain Brazilian binders that spent time aging in Rabbit Hole’s barrels that once contained Pedro Ximénez Sherry from Spain.

The intent is for some of the Sherry’s sweet character to influence the tobacco, but this is not an infused or flavored cigar.

 

 

Available Sizes:

  • Robusto: 5 x 52
  • Toro: 6 x 50
  • Gigante: 6 x 58
  • Box count: 20

 

 

We spoke with brand manager Justin Andrews he told Cigar Smoke “My main goal with this project was for it to be different.

Whiskey Row was such a huge success that I didn’t want to try to repeat that.

Sherry Cask uses a Maduro wrapper and Brazilian tobacco for that reason. AJ and I wanted this cigar to be a completely different smoking experience and we achieved that with Whiskey Row Sherry Cask”.

 

 

  • APPEARANCE

 

The Connecticut broadleaf wrapper is dark chocolate in color and oily, it has notable tooth and vein with visible seam.

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

Two bands sit on the cigar, the primary band is burgundy with earth tone browns.

The band reads “diesel” in tribal font, under reads “WHISKEY ROW” in white font on a brown background.

Below is the logo for Rabbit Hole bourbon in brown on a burgundy background.

Above the motif is the Diesel Cigars “d” on a circular shield.

The footer band is muted off white and reads “RABBIT HOLE” in stenciled font with “PX SHERRY CASK” in dark font on the off white background.

On the left of the band reads “Rabbit Hole” and “DIESEL WHISKEY ROW PX SHERRY CASK AGED” in gold font.

Pre-light aroma fermented berries, currant and a big nose full of dried fruit.

The cold draw produced flavors of caramel, light chocolate and malt.

 

 

 

 

  • FIRST LIGHT

 

At first light a mild cedar char is immediate with an aroma of sweet flavors off the toasted foot.

The blend settles in with a base of sweet cedar and mild raw chocolate.

The pre-light aroma supports the flavor profile of the Diesel Sherry Cask flavors of current and dried fruit which brings a subtle sweetness to the blend.

The background profile brings flavors of creamy leather and malt.

The spicy element is in the form of MED white pepper that continues on the retro-hale with a long finish of caramel.

 

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

 

In the second half the blend loses a bit of its base fruit flavors, although mild hints of black currant continue with cedar, muted chocolate and malt.

The background is producing creamy leather and natural tobacco balancing in with the up front core flavors keeping the vitola MED bodied.

The spicy element of white pepper has decreased morphing into a distinct leather bite.

White pepper continues on the retro-hale evolving into flavors of a mild cedar char and caramel

 

  • FINAL THIRD

 

Heading into the final third black currant, cedar and muted chocolate are up front and on point while the background remains consistent with creamy leather and natural tobacco.

A mild leather bite continues to keep the blend MED bodied.

White pepper has been consistent in the retro-hale evolving into a long finish of caramel.

 

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

 

• CONSTRUCTION: No construction issues to report on the DWR Sherry Cask! The vitola had a solid pack but felt light in the hand. No cracks or inconsistencies on all three examples.

 

• BURN: Combustion was consistent throughout with an even smolder of wrapper, binder and filler. The burn line was slightly crooked with a thin black carbon line.

 

• ASH: The ash was light grey at first then transitioned to salt and pepper colored. Holding an inch plus it tapped off with ease and produced a stack of dimes in the final duration of the cigar.

 

• CUT: All three examples were v-cut.

 

• DRAW: The Draw was wide open producing an abundance of sweet aroma filled smoke.

 

• RE-LIGHTS: Zero during active smoking.

 

• FIRE: JetLine triple torch lighter.

 

• STRENGTH: Straight MED bodied.

 

  • CONCLUSION

 

The Diesel Whiskey Row Sherry Cask was an enjoyable cigar.

All three vitolas performed identical in both strength and flavor profiles.

The pre-light aroma was filled with a bouquet of dried fruit notes and black currant.

I’m not a Sherry drinker so I have no basis to compare its similarities to the libation, however the MED bodied profile and aromatic filled smoke made it a unique and enjoyable smoking experience from first light to final third.

 

 

 

 


Cigar reviewed: Diesel Whiskey Row Sherry Cask

Cigars for review: Purchased (Fiver)

Cigars smoked for review: 3

Cigars Smoke Rate: 91

Size: 5 x 52 (Robusto)

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf

Binder: Brazilian, Arapiraca, cask-aged Pedro Ximénez Sherry barrels from Spain

Filler: Nicaraguan

Country of origin: Nicaragua

Production: Regular

Packaging: 20-count boxes

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

News source: Justin Andrews, Cigar Aficionado

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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