Diesel Unlimited D.X
So it’s been weeks since my last cigar review post and I know you all have missed me. OK, maybe only Daniel missed me, but whatever, I am back! Almost every single person came back from Nicaragua with this crazy cold. Mine lasted 2 weeks. So now, I am here, braving the 102 degree weather to bring you this week’s review of the Diesel Unlimited.
Prelight: The Diesel Unlimited is the follow up release to master-blender A.J. Fernandez’s Diesel unholy cocktail and Diesel shorty. Both of those cigars were great sticks that were well received amongst the cigar community but A.J. decided to step it up a notch stuffing the Unlimited with San Andreas, Condega, and Esteli long fillers and wrapping it off with a Honduran Ligero Wrapper resulting a bold, strong experience. These cigars were sent to us by out friends at Stogieboys.com, check them out for some great cigar deals. The cigar comes in 4 sizes, the D.5 (5.5″ x 54), the D.6 (6” x 60), the D.7 (7” x 58), and the D.X (5.7″ x 56) which I am reviewing today. They come in boxes of 20 and range at stogieboys.com from $3.65 to $4.50 a cigar.
Size: 5.7” x 56 – Wrapper: Honduran Ligero – Filler: San Andreas/Nicaraguan – Body: Full – Strength: Full
The wrapper on this Diesel Unlimited is a beauty. The leaf is a dark, toffee brown that just screams of oil. Seriously, my fingers are getting greasy just holding this cigar. While the construction is spot on, there is one huge, huge, huge vein running the entire length of the body of the cigar all the way up to its pointy belicoso style cap. I really hope it doesn’t toy around with the cigar experience. The Diesel is a very thick, heavy, stout cigar. The wrapper feels extremely tough and durable. The Diesel unlimited carries a foot band with the exact same design as the unholy cocktail, only red in color.
The wrapper emits massive amounts of sweet cedar, chocolate, and a strange buttery aroma while the foot pumps out enough peppery tobacco that it burned my nose a bit as I went in to take a big whiff. The cap on the Diesel Unlimited cut off very clean and easy. I sometimes have a hard time with belicoso cigars that have a stronger wrapper, but this one didn’t put up much of a fight. The cold draw is nice and easy and I am greeted with a ton of spicy, peppery, chocolate tobacco right away.
First Smoke: Just as I expected I am greeted with a ton of black pepper right off the bat. After a few puffs the pepper begins to fade and I am left with this very sweet, dark chocolate, tobacco, very spicy flavor with yes, that butter that I picked up during the prelight. It’s strange. It almost tastes like some sort of baked good. Whatever, I’m stretching it. The draw on this Diesel Unlimited is badass. It takes only one little puff to get a mouth fool of thick, tasty, goodness. The burnline is razor sharp and dead even right from the start. The ash is a thick, tightly compacted, light and dark grey which held on just over an inch before giving way.
Halfway There: I’m well into the second third of this Diesel Unlimited and I have to say, so far it has literally been a carbon copy of the first. I am still getting a ton of black pepper and spice along with the sweet chocolate and tobacco. The only difference is the ramp up of cedar and an increase in strength. I’m not feeling wobbly yet or anything, but I can really tell this cigar has a punch to it. The retrohale is very sharp coating my nasal passage with strong cedar and lots of spice. It’s a tad too sharp for me and I don’t find myself doing it too often. The burnline is still dead even.
Finish: I’m not into the final third of this Diesel Unlimited and I have to say, I’m disappointed in the fact that this cigar still hasn’t changed up much, if at all. I know there are a lot of cigar smokers our there that love the balanced, no surprise smokes like this. But they just don’t do much for me. The final third is almost identical to the second third the only difference is the pepper has started to really fade off and the strength ramped up even more. This cigar won’t knock you on your ass, but it will get close to it. Even though it’s a stronger cigar it wasn’t annoyingly strong. I just hate those all strength no flavor cigars, luckily this Diesel Unlimited wasn’t one of them. This cigar smoked SLOW it took me just about two hours to take this whole thing down.
Overview: The Diesel Unlimited is a great, solid cigar. It’s got some great flavors overlaying a heck of a punch. The cigar just didn’t do it for me. I guess it was the lack of changeups. The flavors were great, but the first third was almost identical to the final third and I found myself getting bored with the cigar. In comparison to the other diesel blends I would have to say, I’d still reach for the Unholy Cocktail first, Unlimited second, and the Shorty third. You can still get these cigars for great prices and when you compare the value, you get a hell of a lot of cigar without breaking the bank. On a side note: please forgive some of the photos in the review. I decided I would try to do a review as the sun was setting. Bad idea. I’ll stick to either sunny or dark, no in between.
Pairing: From Belgium to Germany, Ayinger will always hold a special place in my heard. Just about everything this brewery kicks out is stellar, the weizenbock wheat bock ale I paired this Diesel Unlimited with is no exception. It’s basically a heffewiezen with a bolder, more balanced flavor. There isn’t as much heavy wheat and fruity flavors. It’s more caramel, malty, and smooth. This 7.1% ABV brew is yet another perfect example of Germany’s talent when it comes to following the purity law. This beer is perfect for the hot, dry summer weather as it paired perfectly with the day, and the cigar. The strength and bold flavors of the cigar would also pair well with a nice bitter, IPA, or even a simple pilsner.
Tony Casas is a 32 year old Creative Managing/Webdesigning/Craft Beer Drinking Cigar smoker from El Paso, Texas. When he isn’t loving his wife he is either sleepy, hungry, or suffering from a headache.