The Diesel Grind is a spin-off from the famous Diesel Unholy Cocktail and comes from the same factory, tabacalera Fernandez in Esteli, Nicaragua. Alex Svensson of Maier & Dutch, the owners of the Diesel brand, gave me this cigar as a sampler. Unlike the Diesel Unholy Cocktail and the Diesel Unlimited, which you only find online, the grind will only be found in brick & mortar locations.
The cigar consists of an Ecuador Habano oscuro sun crown wrapper, a Habano binder from Honduras and filler from Nicaragua and Honduras. The cigar measures 6×50, as a proper toro should be. The dark wrapper has a mild shine to it and not a lot of veins, the cigar has a simple footband with the recognizable Diesel logo. The aroma is quite pungent and reminds me of a barnyard. The construction feels good, no weak spots, consistent. The predraw is very spicy on the lips and I get enough resistance, no complaints at all.
A strong pepper and wood combo straight from the start. But the pepper fades away and changes into a spicy herbal taste. After a centimeter and a half I taste a metallic flavor with herbs and wood, it’s not unpleasant. Soon after its a full oak flavor with a metallic aftertaste and some refined sugar sweetness.
After a third it’s a nice dry wood flavor with pepper and sugar. The pepper fades away again and the wood with sugar combination is very enjoyable. Halfway the cigar gets spicy again, with pepper on the tip of my tongue while I taste sugar in the rest of my mouth. I also taste a little nutmeg. After two thirds the sugar disappeared and its pepper and herbs all along with a woody aftertaste.
The draw is great and I get a lot of beautiful white smoke. The ash is gray with some black flakes and isn’t very firm. After an centimeter and a half the wrapper cracks, but it doesn’t continue to rip over the whole length so it’s not a problem. The burn is great, slow and straight as an arrow. This full flavored, full bodied cigar gave me over two hours of smoking pleasure.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, it’s not as bold as the unholy cocktail, which is one of my favorite cigars, and more refined but it’s still worth getting a box, or several boxes.
Smoke & ash: 8
Aroma first part: 8
Aroma second part: 8
Aroma third part: 9
When I first smoked the Diesel Unholy Cocktail I fell in love with these tasty full flavored, full bodied yet friendly priced cigars made by A.J. Fernandez so when this limited edition Shorty, especially made for reality TV star Shorty Rossi, came on the market I was intrigued and I needed to try them. Unfortunately they aren’t available on the Dutch market, just like any other A.J. Fernandez blend, but a friend of mine got his hands on a box and gave me one at a herf we had last summer.
The shorty is a type of cigar made popular by Sam Leccia with his ‘invention’ of the nub, short and fat. This shorty is a 4½x60 cigar with a nice dark and oily wrapper with a few tough looking veins. This cigar looks bad ass due to that and the triple cap. The cigar has, just like most limited editions, a double band. The construction feels good but the predraw is loose. I taste a spicy and peppery tobacco flavor and I smell a barnyard aroma.
I get a lot of pepper with some coffee and after half an inch I taste wood with pepper, but the pepper isn’t as overpowering as in the beginning.
After an inch and a half I also get some sticky chocolate with the wood and pepper. The pepper gains some strength again. The chocolate quickly disappears and is replaced with a little sweetness.
Even though this is only a 4½ inch cigar, it still lasted me almost an hour and a half. I got a lot of thick white smoke. The draw is good and the salt & pepper colored ash is firm. The burn is ok, I had to correct it a few times. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored, a little stronger than the Diesel Unholy Cocktail.
Would I buy this cigar again? I liked the Diesel Unholy Cocktail better, that will be my next box purchase and I’ll leave the Shorty to those that love the big ring cigars, 60 is too much for me.
Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10
The Diesel Unholy Cocktail is a Nicaraguan cigar that only comes in a 5 x 56 torpedo. The unholy cocktail has a Pennsylvania broadleaf maduro wrapper with some veins that give it character. The cigar comes packed in cellophane and once you take it out of its coat, you can smell a mixture of wood, hay and barnyard aromas. The construction feels good and the band is simple but that’s the way I like it. The predraw is just fine and leaves a cedar flavor on my palate and pepper on my lips.
I can taste a full coffee flavor with some wood. It’s all spicy, not a pepper of herbal spice though. The coffee slowly turns into a mix of terroir flavors, coffee and wood. After a centimeter the wood gets a bit stronger and I can even taste some liquorices on the background although that flavor disappears after just a puff or two. The texture is quite dry.
After an inch I notice that the coffee disappears and that the wood is slowly becoming the dominant flavor. The dryness turns into a creamy texture. I also get some nutty flavors, it reminds me of almond. The flavors are very consistent. At the end I get a bit of chocolate as a supporting flavor.
I don’t get Diesel fumes, but I do get a lot of medium thick smoke from this cigar and the draw is fine. I had some problems getting the cigar to burn right, but once that problem was solved the burn was great. The firm as is a bit salt & pepper colored. I would rate this full bodied, full flavored. I only get a small flame while purging, that must mean that there isn’t a lot of built up of nicotine.
Now the name “Diesel Unholy Cocktail” didn’t make me want to get up from my chair, run to the local B&M or pull out the creditcard and order it online, but once you get passed the name you’ll find a cigar that is definitely worth smoking, especially for the price. Hell, even if they doubled the price, you would still get value for money.
Would I buy this cigar again? Hell yeah!! AJ Fernandez did it again, another cigar I highly recommend.
Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10