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Diesel Hair of the Dog

"If this dog do you bite, soon as out of your bed, take a hair of the tail the next day."

What the hell does that mean?
Does this cryptic, Shakespearean quote have anything to do with Diesel Hair of the Dog cigars?
Why do people ask for my ‘two cents’ when a mere penny is required for my thoughts?
What disease did cured ham actually have?

Who do I look like, Gandhi? I’m a cigar freak, and if you wanna talk about Diesel Hair of the Dog cigars, I’m game. If not, I suggest you locate that Ask Jeeves fellow.

Diesel Hair of the Dog. A full-bodied, full-flavored Nicaraguan handmade that bites you back with a raw, unadulterated melee of flavor and strength. A savory combination of bold, Nicaraguan long-leaf tobaccos from Esteli and Ometepe, skillfully married with Piloto Cubano long-fillers inside a spicy San Andres binder. On the outside, a thick and redolent Ecuador Habano ligero wrapper glistens with oils. The blend is dense and assertive, issuing a deep, concentrated series of oak, leather, earth, coffee, and hearty spices throughout the burn. The bouquet is powerful and complex, seemingly growing more intense by the minute. Hair of the Dog. Brash by design and aggressive in nature, yet uniquely Diesel, and it doesn’t care whether you like it or not.

Diesel Hair of the Dog....it’ll only hurt a little, and may leave a mark.
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  Size Pack In Stock MSRP Price Qty Cart
Belicoso (6.2"x52)BOX OF 20 In Stock $160.00$99.95
5-PACK In Stock $40.00$30.00
Churchill (7.0"x50)BOX OF 20 In Stock $160.00$99.95
5-PACK In Stock $40.00$30.00
Rabid Figurado (Salomon) (5.7"x56)BOX OF 10 In Stock $100.00$49.95
5-PACK In Stock $50.00$35.00
Robusto (5.0"x50)BOX OF 20 In Stock $130.00$79.95
5-PACK In Stock $32.50$24.00
Shorty (Gordo) (4.5"x60)BOX OF 10 In Stock $100.00$49.95
Toro (6.0"x50)BOX OF 20 In Stock $145.00$89.95
5-PACK In Stock $36.25$27.00
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Customer Reviews of “Diesel Hair of the Dog”
“Delicious,(Diesel Hair of the Dog-torp/belicoso), very different and refreshing approach to flavor profiling. Description is as noted. Give these some rest time and you'll be rewarded for your patience. Great creativity on this one, proof that full body doesn't have to mean full of pepper,(although I love peppery cigars), this is a great display of blending talent,full flavor,complex,and full body. Well done Diesel, Thank you C.I. for "bringin" it!”
RK of College Park, MD
“Just smoked my first HOTD. First impression was nice construction and and nice cold draw. The burn was even and slow and had enough spice through the first inch. As it kept burning it had notes of leather and earth. The rest was all the same. Not too impressed. Im going to wait a few weeks before I smoke another.”
JT of Howell, NJ
“Ordered the Amistad solomon sampler. These are massive cigars. Out of all of these cigars, I liked Diesel hair of the dog. These are great tasting, full bodied cigars. Burn great, smoke great, taste great. I am going to order more of these. Can't resist. Thanks, CI.”
FC of BROOKHAVEN, PA
“Another great Abdel 'AJ' Fernandez cigar. The Hair of the Dog will definitely raise the hair on the back of your neck! These are one of my all time top 3 favorites. Perfect burn, aroma, wrapper, lots of spices and pepper flavor.”
BM of TAMPA, FL
“I've been a fan of Diesel for several years, and don't think I've ever received a bad one. Once again here comes this odd name; Hair of the Dog, and I'm so glad one of these was included in the sampler pack I purchased. A little more mellow than its siblings, but don't mistake it for a weak cigar. This is a fantastic smoke, that can be enjoyed by all med to full body cigar smokers.”
DM of TAYLOR, MI
“I really like these belicosos. In fact, I think they're even better than the Unholy Cocktail and the Unlimited X. They have a nice full body and are plenty strong, but without an overwhelming pepper hit. I think it has something to do with the Ometepe tobacco used in this blend, but don't know for sure. Lots of leather and natural sweet tobacco flavors. Great construction too, with a nice tight burn line to the nub. Recommended if you're a Fernandez fan like me.”
BM of PERRYVILLE, MO
“Sitting here with a Brandy and a HOTD. This is my second churchhill from the Cigar of the Month Club. Don't let the name scare you away from trying this great cigar. I definitely will buy a box of these to have around for that special occasion when nothing else really satisfies. The OOTD could very well become my favorite cigar.”
ND of Nooksack, WA
“I have tried several different sizes now and have come to the conclusion the HOTD is just about the finest cigar money can buy. A truly fantastic cigar! ”
ND of Nooksack, WA
“This review is of the massive figurado I received as a freebie add on with my last internet order. 1 each of the maduro, habano & this habano ligero Hair of The Dog. I burned the maduro yesterday & reviewed it. Today I am enjoying the HOTD & know I am in for a 90 minute marathon. These light easily & burn fairly irregular. I have needed to correct the burn several times. Perhaps some aging would overcome this slight distraction. The meat of the HOTD is not as aggressive as some have reported. To me, it is a medium bodied dry spice stick, with lots of flavors going on. After the 1st 20 minutes, I have not perceived a major increase in strength or body. Really quite mellow, considering the amount of ligeros in play with this vitola. I like its ability to deliver full tobacco flavors, without overpowering the senses. You truly do feel the power of this vitola behind the eyes & in the gut. In a very pleasant way, however. Don't let this blends reputation stop you from trying it out. Medium bodied smokers should find it well within their limits & full bodied lovers may wonder what all the hubbub is about. All in all, a fine smoke, filled with taste & flavor, delivered in a way that won't throw you into sensory overdrive.”
BB of LOVELAND, OH
“All I can say is, it's as described. I'm fairly new to cigars but I'm all about taste and so far DPG has been my favorite but this one is a different caliber. The flavors were subtle yet it kept opening up. Even into the next day the flavor still lingered yet its a clean one. Maybe not an everyday smoke for me but a few will kept in my humi. I do recommend a full stomach and maybe some fresh ice tea (something with sugar) if your not used to full strength unless you wanna be light headed. The downside to Hair of the Dog is it will go out on you fairly quickly, but that might be due the the Salomon shape, not sure.”
MP of Aitkin, MN
“I received 3 Churchills and 1 Salomon as part of a Diesel Sampler Pack a family member gave me as a gift. I smoked one of the Churchills last night and I have to say that I found this cigar to be very different, dare I say iconoclastic, compared to the modern interpretation of a full bodied cigar, especially when compared to other diesel blends I have tried. I personally did not care for it and neither did a friend who tried a few puffs. I am a cigar newbie though and have only been smoking for a few months so I am going to chalk that up to inexperience this time. I remember reading that Churchills are difficult for new smokers to to smoke compared to smaller shapes and I remember reading that this blend is not recommended for beginners. I can see what the staff review was saying about the subtle nuances of flavor but I didn't get the same flavors described. I tasted earthiness and near the last third at one point it almost tasted like a baked potato! Besides that not much else. My friend who is a bit more experienced tasted some notes he could only describe as sour though they where very subtle. The only thing I am not really happy about is the "old school full body" as the staff reviewer puts that leaves a solid feeling in your gut and a buzz behind your eyes. I felt no such things. If anything this cigar seemed lighter in that regard compared to other cigars I have been smoking lately which are also described as full bodied like Diesel Unholy Cocktail. I will give this cigar another chance though. My remaining Churchills and Salomon will be sitting in my humidor aging for some time until I feel I have the experience necessary to appreciate these cigars. If your a veteran looking for a new twist this might be your answer but if you're looking for something like Unholy Cocktail or Unlimited then this is not the cigar for you.”
PF of Syracuse, NY
“The wife got me a box of these for Christmas as I have come to enjoy the Unlimited and was curious about the HOTD. These are an absolute flavor bomb full of flavor with a mellow sweetness, hints of caramel, bread and spice. On first light the robusto slightly assaults the sinus and immediately mellows for a great smoking experience. Plenty of smoke and a decent burn although I do have an occasional wrapper split but it has never rendered a cigar useless. 15 of the 20 have been smoked and I know I will come back for more. A great cigar at an incredible price point! Thanks honey!”
JF of Rockwood, PA
“I did not enjoy this cigar. recieved it in a sampler. Sat in my humidor 2 weeks before i tried it. Strong tobaco with no smoothness. Peppery & made me cough on the retro-hale. Also a really tight draw. I could've just had a bad stick, but i will not be purchasing this again.”
AB of Hampton, VA
“The gordo was very enjoyable, they are strong yet smooth, they seem to get stronger with age. These short cigars last 1 1/2 + hours, with a perfect draw and burn. If you like em strong and tasty these are interesting.”
FM of PRESCOTT, AZ
“I like all of the Diesel blends, but truly love the Hair of the Dog. Just one more example of how the master of tobacco blending, AJ Fernandez, melds varied long fillers to a San Andres binder & a Habano seed wrapper to yield a complex full bodied smoke. HOTD is worlds apart from the other Diesel blends. It is the Kool of the cigar world, in that it has an underlying menthol component that somehow works & works very well. Citrus notes mingle with anise & white pepper that give HOTD a one of a kind flavor profile. Some may find the taste odd, but I really dig it. It is refreshing, easy to inhale & can be compared to no other vitola I have tried, up to this point. Viva la difference! Highly recommended to anyone looking for a true change of pace or something rich, strong & inexpensive. 92/100”
BB of LOVELAND, OH

Diesel Hair of the Dog

Posted by Steve R

Let’s set the record straight....

Hey. How are ya? Been a while. You may have noticed a change - a big change. We just updated our site in a very big way. Aesthetically, you will notice an instant difference. But as you browse our site, you’ll soon see products are easier to find, vital information is more readily available, and the overall experience has been enhanced – tremendously. A ton of work has been done behind the scenes over the course of a year to bring you the best cigar shopping experience available today. We’ll always be improving, because it’s what we do, but we now have some time to get back to the fun stuff, like reviews.

 

My first review on our shiny new, and drastically improved site: Diesel Hair of the Dog. Buzz about this brand has been floating for a couple months now, and I first began burning this brand at the factory, back in June of 2012. I’m going to be honest out of the gates: I love this cigar. And, I’m about to tell you why.

First, a little disclaimer. Feedback has been mixed about Diesel Hair of the Dog. Some love it, some don’t. That’s fine. However, my purpose of this review is to set the record straight, and touch on the primary reason why some folks do not fancy the blend.

Many of today’s full-bodied cigars fool the enthusiast into believing they are full-bodied, using flavor as a catalyst. Certain strains of tobacco, and certain blending and fermentation processes not entirely focused on balance, allow a cigar-maker to create a cigar with a lot of flavor, but no real strength. Over time, our palates have been trained to focus on flavor and associate flavor with strength. Therefore, a full-flavored cigar will seem full-bodied, regardless of the true, underlying power of the tobaccos at play.

Diesel Hair of the Dog is the exact opposite. To be honest, it’s more of an oldschool full-bodied cigar. One you feel in the belly and feel behind the eyes. This is power. This is full-bodied tobacco. This is the way full-bodied cigars used to be. The way they should be.

You won’t notice a truckload of spice, or a harsh bite on the back of your palate. Your taste buds won’t be overwhelmed or confused by an un-balanced array of potent flavors.

You will notice a smooth, well-balanced bouquet with subtle yet savory nuances. These nuances will greet you gradually, in methodical fashion, keeping your taste buds interested and sensitive to change.

Here’s what I get out of Diesel Hair of the Dog. Each cigar opens with a feisty series of pepper and spices. This opening instantly warms your palate and awakens your taste buds in preparation for a deep, underlying complexity. Both wrapper and binder are ligero. Thick, dark, sun-drenched leaves responsible for the spices welcoming you upon first light. Then the fillers come into play. High priming Nicaraguan long-fillers from Esteli, combined with long-leaf tobaccos from the volcanic soils of Ometepe. These bold tobaccos are married with Piloto Cubano long-fillers for balance, completing a well-balanced recipe yielding subtle yet noble flavors. Once the initial spice winds down, Hair of the Dog unveils these flavors. Oak. Rich tobacco. Earth. Roasted coffee bean. Leather. Toast. Sweet tobacco. I note all of this throughout the burn, and no one flavor dominates, and they’re always backed by a subtle spice on the long finish.

But here’s the kicker: strength. I would no doubt classify this cigar as full-flavored due to the complexity and variety of flavors at hand. However, at no point do I feel like I stuck the action end of a shotgun in my mouth. Every time, when I sit back and burn a Diesel Hair of the Dog, I feel the power in my gut. A raw power that leaves me satisfied as if I just polished off a hearty meal. The Ometepe long-fillers are apparent, too....it’s that buzz I’m feeling behind my eyes. I love that. That's the full-bodied portion. This cigar is strong, and if you can distinguish strength from flavor, you will most certainly agree.

This is not your average Diesel cigar. This is not Unholy Cocktail, nor is it Unlimited. Hell, if you removed the band you may not even know it’s a Diesel. But it’s damn good, it’s damn satisfying, and it will impress those yet to be fooled by other cigar-makers.