Cigar Review: A.J. Fernandez’s Diesel

This is going to be my first “official” review of a cigar, (how official it will actually be is debatable.) What I’m looking at is something new from A.J. Fernandez called Diesel.

I purchased this cigar from Cigar.com for $6.00, not a bad deal considering the hype surrounding this stick. Here’s the low-down on the cigar itself:

One of A.J. Fernandez’s most recent gems, Diesel exudes a ton of full-flavors in a medium to full-bodied format allowing for a stout, complex experience with perfect balance.

Abdel “AJ” Fernandez is the protégé of Don Alejandro Robaina, the man who is considered to be the “Godfather” of tobacco. After spending most of his life studying in Cuba under Don Alejandro, Abdel Fernandez moved to Nicaragua to begin producing his own cigars. After only 6 years, Abdel currently produces Rocky Patel’s Fusion, Indian Tabac 10th Anniversary, Padilla Habano, Sol Cubano Cuban Cabinet, Man O’ War and Man O’ War Ruination, all of which received rave reviews.

Only available in a stout 5″x56 belicoso, Diesel exudes a unique leathery and spicy flavor with a toasty core of espresso beans. The package has a classic, rustic look while th blend is perfectly balanced and will appear to any aficionado who appeciates premium tobacco. Boasting fillers from Nicaragua’s Jalapa, Condea and Esteli regions, each and every leaf is aged for three years, then concealed with a dark and oily Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper. This is one unique cigar you’re sure to love.

My first impression of this cigar was “WOW”. It truly delivers on the “flavor bomb” promise. Throughout the entire experience, the flavor was rock-solid and went to both my gut and my head. Considering that I’m a very big guy and I’d recently had dinner, having a cigar give me a noticeable head-rush is no small feat. The wrapper is toothy and quite tasty, never overwhelming, and the rough, oily texture is a great complement to this powerhouse. There was plenty of smoke, the draw was thick and satisfying, and I’d say the cigar lasted for about an hour and  a half with a nice, even burn.

With the kind of body this cigar offers, I can’t recommend it to newbies. For fans of Rocky Patel’s Edge, Don Pepin Garcia’s Cuban Classic, or heavy-hitters like Punch or A.J. Fernandez’s own Man O’ War, this is definitely a must-try. Have a big, thick steak, a dark stout beer, then have a seat outdoors and enjoy this unholy cocktail. You won’t regret it.

A couple of places to find your Diesel:

Another review from Puff.com: Diesel Unholy Cocktail Review

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