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“A truly complex, tasty stick. The "Diesel Unholy Cocktail, is all that and more. Boxes of 30 at CI's price......one fine deal.”
“Complex? Yep. Like someone put flavors on shuffle. There was lots to like about the Unholy Cocktail. Not terrific, but good. Build was average, producing a long ash and thick smoke, once it got going .. though it took a bit of work to get it going. Perhaps the New England winter is to blame. Perhaps the rookie cigar smoker. Paired with a glass of Maker's Mark and enjoyed by the fire pit.”
“Unholy cocktail- let's see- what a oxymoron,one damn fine cigar,try it you'll like it---AMEN.”
“I had stayed away from these because of the name, DIESEL. I thought it was corny. Oh, what I was missing!!! This is one down right delicious cigar!!!”
“I was a holdout on Diesel for a long time, but finally took the plunge with a recent 10-pack special. I smoked my first one last evening, and all I can say is "WOW!!!!" Full-bodied and full-flavored cigars sometimes get me a little light-headed and woozy, but this one didn't even come close. The flavor was everything advertised, and the construction and burn were simply amazing. Diesel is now going to be a regular visitor (but never staying too long!) to my humidor.”
“Man, I smoked another one of these last night and I really really like these. They are worth the money. To me, it was kinda like smoking a stout...possibly like a Guinness. It started off a little spicy but then as you got going it mellowed out and was real smooth and very flavorfull and had that roasted malt kind of flavor and a slight hind of bitter dark chocolate.”
“The Diesel Unholy Cocktail is the cigar that made me love cigars. It was the first one that really let me understand the complexity and quality of a good cigar. If you haven't tried them (I know, doubtful in this crowd) Buy them now - if you hate them, I'll take the remainder off your hands.”
“You Guy's are the very best, after talking to all my CI buddy's after the last JAM , those of us in the NEW ENGLAND need more small cigar DEALS. Now that Old Man Winter is nearly upon us , BIG STICK'S just don't do it. Nub's Diesel Shorty's , I know you will come through , after all YOU are the GOD'S of the Cigar World. Thank's for all you do every day.”
“Diesel had become my favorite cigar of 2009. AJ Fernandez is a genius. The flavor is just so unique, I haven't found another cigar that even tastes like a Diesel. Woodsy, earthy, leathery, great evolution for a short cigar. The PA wrapper is just delicious.”
“This a great Smoking Cigar!!!!!! Good taste,smooth from start to finish. Just the right amount of spice note to keep the smooth taste flowing. The wrapper acts as a coffee cup sleeve so that it doesn't heat up on you at the end. Diesel gets a 93 rating in my book......”
“Wow what a smoke! The cocktail reminds me of the JDN Antano 1970. Which is a great cigar in it's own right. Ton's of smoke, even burn and a deep dark side that really packs a punch. Enjoy, I did !!!”
“Diesel Unholy Cocktail ...perfect! Smoked it to the nub without dropping an ash. Perfect construction. A must have in the humidor.”
“I really have to second the comments of the previous reviewer. This is a very nice cigar!! And indeed very reminiscent of a smooth stout with a bit of oak in the mix as well. Nothing overwhelming or super-spicy, just a very smooth cigar with excellent construction. I picked up a bunch in a sampler and wasn't sure what to expect, but I'm very pleased. It beats the pants off another stick in that same sampler that retails for almost four times the price. The PA wrapper is certainly a unique aspect of this stick. If you're looking for a full-on flavor explosion like a MOW Ruination or Padilla '32 (two of my full-bodied favorites) this isn't going to fit that bill, but a fine cigar in its own right. I strongly suggest giving it try!”
“On Thanksgiving Day we were having dinner with dear friends...so dear I was gifted with a Diesel Unholy Cocktail. Three days later I decided to smoke the thing. Being quite a fancier of Sr. Fernandez and having only smoked my first La Herencia Cubana Oscuro Fuerte the previous day, I was looking forward to the Diesel. I was not disappointed. The 'barnyard' pre-light aroma is always pleasing to me. The 'spice' so many folks find upon the initial lighting wasn't quite as pronounced to me as I had expected. The draw and burn were spot on and I thought I was going to have to take a hammar to the ash to knock it off! I enjoyed the cigar until it burnt my fingers. Now, if they'll only make one about six-and-a-half inches long!”
“Great cigar! Medium-full bodied with sweet, nutmeg and bitter dark chocolate flavors. Medium-long finish with a good quantity of smoke.”
“Dang another Cigarfest cigar that kick ARSE! I really didn't expect much from this one with the PA broadleaf wrapper, but boy was I wrong. This is a damn good cigar. Very well constructed and packs a meaty punch in the face. This is a full flavored beauty and I will definitely be buying more of them.”
“A GREAT cigar I smoked one from a sampler.Intense mocha flavor and all the strength a man needs!”
“I'm not usually a fan of cigars under 6 inches long. Occasionally I'll tolerate 5.75" or even 5.5" for an excellent stick (example: Alec Bradley Tempus Quadrum), but usually it's 6+ inches for me. Why? Smoking time. I want to have a lot of time to relax and think, and 5 inches usually just doesn't cut it.
Well, it does here! A normal robusto is 5x50, but Diesel is 5x56. Trust me, that extra 6 rings makes a big difference. The thing lasts about as long as a Toro, maybe a little longer. So, if you're worried about this being a quick smoke, fear not, because it's not like a robusto.
As for flavor, it's delicious. Strong but not overpowering. Full of complexity, and hints of a coffee/chocolate mix, as others have noted. Burn is well-behaved, draw is easy. Based on my prior aging experiences with different blends, I expect aging of Diesel to yield wonderful improvements down the road.
Get yourself a 5-pack or something, and pretty soon you'll be ordering a box. And, at least for now, the price makes them a steal!
“Picked up 10 of these on Joe's Daily deal.
Now.. i'm hooked. What a treat!
Tons of thick aromatic smoke, great burn and draw. It tastes like sweet coffee. This smokes like a $12 puro. SUPERB VALUE
I rate it 93.
“Diesel is just that - a bold statement that will roll right over you with droves of flavor. If you know your leaf, that creamy Esteli Valley leaf from Nicaragua will invite you but the bold textures in the blend will rock your world. This is a par excelon expression for a newer boutique blend, and I highly recommend you try some.
My rate on this stick: 90”
“This is a great cigar! Ive been waiting for Diesel to arrive in stock and it finally did! Picked up two (10) packs from the JAM last week. Mine arrived today USPS shipped Monday and here in my humi on Wednesday! Smoked one right outta the box and have to say ......Deeeelicious !! Very bold flavors of coffee and mocha! Full body with a long and tasty finish. Man will these been good with age! Thanks CI !! Carmine says Diesel is a hit and gives it a 92 score!!”
“Just bought my second box. Really great with a cup of coffee or a Guinness Stout.”
“Pardon me for chiming in twice, but I need to rave about the unholy cocktail again! Just finished another, and the burn was razor sharp, the smoke copious, aroma wonderful, and the experience was utterly delightful right up to the last 3/4"!! If I had a magic wand I would wave it over three humidors and turn all my cigars into Diesels.”
“Smoked this cigar w/o even knowing it was a maduro! Not very dark for a maduro, but wow, is it strong! And it needed to be, to keep me happy being outside in 34° weather. I never felt like going in early. I did a poor job lighting the foot, but this cigar forgave me and evened things up right to the end. Peppery spiciness and unique aroma made Diesel the best smoke this week.”
“This puppy is still a bit young, wild, and untamed. It has the potential to be an absolutely outstanding cigar. There are some REALLY BIG WOW moments in this breed. I'm lettin' this animal hibernate in the humidor 'til spring.”
“Whoooo Did I enjoy the Diesel! I smoke several cigars a day,and never the same one twice. The Diesel was smoked two days in a row.Boy am I kicking myself for not buying a box! Best full bodied cigar in a long time. Burned straight and true,nice easy draw,lots of smoke and flavor. Burning true is big for me because I smoke like a steam engine pulling a hundred cars up a mountain.I don't need no stinkin ashtray!Thats what lips are for.”
“Diesel rocks! The good gentleman from PA nailed it! Just enough spice to keep it interesting with tons of great chocolate, stout, coffee flavors and the perfect amount of leather. Right out of the box I only had to "nurse" this stick twice. My new fav next to MOW.”
“I agree with the majority of posters, this cigar is a New York strip! It is blue collar all the way and not for the faint of heart. Through out this guy there are hints of pepper and a coffee with sweetness mixed in. It has an underlying smoothness that makes you want more. I've been smoking for over a couple years and have smoked many cigars. This is right up there in my top ten easily.”
“Diesel Shorty...if you havent smoked one then you are missing out on the best. I am usually smoke a different cigar every night but once I enjoyed this that all ended. I could not ask for more in a cigar. I've been through 15-20 Shorty Charity packs and several boxes. Every cigar is exactly the same and is just enough to leave me waiting for the next stick. Now all my other cigars will get some age as this is my nightly smoke. Outstanding job on blend, construction, and consistency!”
“My Unholy Cocktail just arrived and I couldn't help but fire on up. All I can say is WOW. Great cigar. Easy draw, great taste and tons of smoke. It is a heavy smoker and I would suggest smoking it on a full stomach, unlike me who smoked it before lunch and without breakfast.”
“CI does it again! Where do you come up with these awesome smokes!? The Diesel is DA BOMB!! Great flavor, burns like a dream and leaves you wanting more! I've tried both the Unholy Cocktail and the Shorty. Loved em both!! And the price is insanely low for the quality and flavor you get out of these! (shhh...don't tell CI!) My favorite smoke..by far”
“This is one helluva cigar!! Very tasty and burns like a dream. Just light one and enjoy it. I love the ruddy texture, as well! My current favorite..”
“The Diesel Unholy Cocktail is an excellent cigar!! Well constructed, smooth draw, full flavor, thick clouds of smoke. The list goes on. I've almost finished my first box, and I'll definitely order another box soon. Highly recommended.”
“The bottom line. An absolutely FANTASTIC smoke. The best part? A regular price of $3.33 per stick. You'll never find a $3 smoke that tastes this good.”
“What a great smoke. This a beast of a smoke that leaves you wanting to fire up another as soon as it is done. Lots of chewy smoke with spice and chocolate. I cant believe the deal. Dont think, just buy. You will be greatly rewarded.”
“One HELLOVA smoke! Like taking a bull by the horns. Grab a hold of one boys and enjoy the ride. One of my top ten fav's. Thanks for this one.”
“Man what a smoke, the unholy cocktail produces clouds of smoke, spicy and peppery. Full bodied and worth every penny. Don't think twice, buy this stick.”
“The Diesel is an outstanding cigar. Full bodied but never overly so, smooth, complex and flawless construction. The burn was razor sharp and the ash held on with both hands. All this at less than a week off the UPS truck. This cigar reminds me of the original Man O'War, although somewhat less refined. I think that will change with a few months in the humi. The price is also VERY reasonable. This and the M.O.W is why I'll be trying all things A.J. Fernandez. Rock On C.I> Nation!!”
“This cigar is working hard to appeal to the rough-and-tumble crowd. It isn't much to look at, I've seen some pretty rough finishes on the cap and it feels like a brick. When you light it up you'll find it isn't for the AVO/Davidoff crowd either. It is a full bodied smoke that will set you on your bum if you haven't eaten a good meal before smoking it. So if you are tough enough, buy yourself a couple of these sticks, hop on your hog and head down to the local watering hole, if they'll let you smoke inside.”
“I bought a few and let them age in my humidor for a few months. I was very surprised to say the least. While the 93 rating is over the top, this is a solid cigar that is chewy and more complex than I expected. A solid 88. I highly recommend this cigar to anyone that enjoys a hearty maduro. I'll be buying a box on my next visit to CI.”
“What a home run A.J.! I call this smoke a three-stager. Three awesome events of sweet earthy tobacco flavors. Hearty, stout, and forgiving. An impecable draw of mellow but potent thick smoke. This cigar is perfumed with richness. Diesel will do well with the ratings. Did I mention the brick like construction, (solid)!!! And the chewy PA wrapper is a superb blanket.”
“Just had my first Diesel. I took the wrapper off of one and left it in the humi about a week. First and foremost, the construction and wrapper are amazing. The wrapper has a microvelvet like feel to it. The cigar is dense, tight and heavy. My ash did not fall off until right before I was done with it. The aroma is excellent. I would say traditional well aged tobacco makes up about 25% of the flavor profile. The rest is a mixture of all kinds of goodness with a defined slight sweetness that comes and goes throughout. I will definitely buy these again.”
“This is and has been my "go to" cigar. I have others I enjoy, but I always have diesels in my humidor. Love them!!”
“Short and Stout. Diesel = DELICIOUS. AJ has knocked it out of the park with this stick. An awesome cigar at an awesome price. This and the MoW Ruination are becoming my two favorite sticks. It helps to have a little food in your belly before you sit down to enjoy one of these bad boys. If I wasn't fond of variety, these two may be the only ones in my humidor for a while! And the 5 Vegas Classic...but that is another review.”
“There is nothing I can add to the comments about this wonderful cigar that would say anything different. Everything I've read about this cigars was true! I recieved on in a sampler pack for Father's Day and I was completely blown away! Try it, you'll like it!”
“I just finished up my second Diesel, and I am as amazed as the first one. This cigar is seriously delicious. It has this delicious underlying sweetness, very faint but I get that taste, all while being a noticeably powerful, very tasty and enjoyable smoke. Without the price I would rate this in my top favorites, but after smoking a few I am dumbfounded by the affordable price point. Delicious to say the least and AJ is to be congratulated, and thanked by me for one.”
“Just ordered a couple of the 5 packs of Diesels. If they are half as good as everyone has been saying they are.... I will be satisfied...”
“Bought a 10 pack of these on the Joe's special. All the good reviews are spot on. Chewy, great unusual flavor. Very rich. So far everything I have had with the PA maduro is really good, hope more cigar makers start using this leaf. I cannot think of a better $3.33 (reg. CI price) cigar that I have had. The only thing I like as good or maybe (and that's a big maybe) better is the 601 Green Habano Oscuro - Tronco. Of course that's a $6.55 cigar at CI's regular price. Factoring cost in, this is my favorite followed by Cu-Avana Intenso. Great cigar!!!”
“I wanted to try the unholy cocktail torpedo after watching the video ad on it. I ordered some and waited for it to come in. When it did, I smoked one and all I can say is "wow! unbelievable!" I usually never order boxes, just samplers, but for this one, I'll make and exception.”
“This has fast become my favorite. The price is not wallet busting and the cigar is not lacking. In fact it is a steal in my opinion. The Diesel Unholy Cocktail is a well made, dense and thick full-bodied cigar with a smooth draw of sweet satisfying love. It is full flavored and will leave you yearning for a 2nd one the very second you finish the first. It is in one word DELICIOUS. Try one or two of ten!!! And if you dont like them..well It just leaves more for me.”
“darn good smoke- well made!”
“I'm happy to report that everything I read about the Unholy Cocktail is 100% true. Awesome smoke. Had my first of many last night and I couldn't stop smiling. From the moment I clipped it and tasted that peppery sweetness that had my lips tingling, I was hooked. Nice chewy wrapper, complex blend of fillers that starts excellent and ends incredible, and a stellar price point to boot?! I've brushed my teeth twice this morning and can't shake this awesome taste in my mouth. All truth be told...I'm perfectly okay with that! Try one fellas, you can't lose.”
“Had the Unholy Cocktail a few weeks ago, and all I have to say is WOW!”
“The only thing UNHOLY about this cigar is how good it is.”
“Well, gotta say a great and tasty smoke here. Now, to me anyway, there is the taste of a CAO Italia in this smoke. The strength and aroma are there as well as a very even burn.
If you can hold off (yeah right) they are best after some humi time.”
“You know that these are really good. No, they are not the absolute best but they are right there!”
“This diesel is truly one of the greatest cigars I've ever smoked. The description of this beast is perfect. This thing will knock you over, and the flavor is gorgeous. It's quite smooth, which I like, and it's earthy with a light leathery feel, and a light pleasent, yet flavorful aftertaste. The draw is perfect, not tight, but not too easy. Burn is very consistant, and is very well acompanied by black or lightly creamed coffee. I give it a solid 93, and recommend this to anyone looking for a strong cigar. BUy the box, you won't regret it.”
“All I can say is WOW! My buddy let me smoke the only one he got in a sampler, and it was amazing. Rich taste and well made. I felt guilty for smoking his only one! I've been craving the Diesel ever since. Can't wait to order my own!”
“While not all will enjoy the flavor of the Diesel, none can say that it is anything less than a work of art. The construction of this cigar is amazing all the way down to your fingers, leaving a long ash in it's wake. I have smoked this in the short and long size, both with 54 band size. Let me tell you ahead of time; if you smoke the 6 X 54, you will need around 90 minutes to finish it. The flavor is one that pushes the envelope, without going over. While robust, it is still very smooth and well balanced. For those who like mid to robust in flavor, this is a must try. This is probably my number 1 full bodied cigar out of all I have smoked.
“Great flavor on the Shorty, milk chocolate in the first third transitioning to coffee. You definately know it's a maduro. A little acidic ROTT, but fabulous after a month. The most perfect burn you could ask for with a broadleaf. Diesel is fabulous, don't hesitate to buy a box.”
“Killer smoke! Perfect draw and the right taste! I tend to like spicy/sweet/earth smokes and this was it. This had all 3 and was very rich and satisfying. These are outstanding! Thanks CI.”
“Hands down this is one of my favorites. Just a potent and ripe mix of excellence. The only thing Unholy here is how wicked it tastes. Simply put this is in every way a Holy Cocktail of pure bliss and delight to smoke. Definitely a Cigar worth giving a couple test runs on. Incredible to say the least...”
“Absolutely fantastic. Spicy, robust flavor up front comes from creamy, thick white smoke. Burns and draws quite nicely, although I had to chew the end at one point to stop a weird plug. Ash is almost completely white and unbelievably dense, it held on for more than half the cigar. Wrapper is dark and flawless, mine had very little oily residue, but was intensely pungent nonetheless. A great addition to the humidor.”
“Unholy crap...this is a good cigar. A couple of sticks wrapper came undone but i can deal with that...very good smoke.”
“The Unholy Cocktail is another of my favorite cigars. It is well constructed and heavy in the hand. The burn is flawless and lasts a lot longer than I anticipated for the size. The smoke has a sweet cedar tone and keeps my interest throughout. It is very full-bodied and never leaves that funky aftertaste on the tongue that some of it full-bodied constituents are guilty of. For the price, you will be hard-pressed to find another stick that delivers on all levels. Personally, I prefer the Unholy Cocktail to the Unlimited any day of the week. Just make sure you're sitting down when you fire this puppy up!”
“I have to say something about this cigar. if you’re looking for a cigar to puff on and chat for a good hour and a half go for the Shorty, me and my coworkers try and enjoy a cigar a night and I was left alone while I finished my Unholy Cocktail. Not that I mind at all, I enjoyed sitting back watching the sand of Afghanistan collect on my boots while I attempted to tame this beast. Powerful is a term I use loosely for this powerful combination of thick, smooth, spicy, stick to your tongue, leafy log. Great blend guys. One day I'll man up and smoke my other 4. Herf on. and thanks from Dtrp 7-17 Cav Afghanistan.”
“"Diesel opens with a warm toastiness and subtle spices on the exhale." Right, right, Steve-o. About as subtle as a baseball bat to the knee.
But, oooooh, hit me again PLEASE!”
“The unholy cocktail is a pretty good stick. It's a bold full bodied cigar with a lot of spice and earth notes. I enjoyed it, however, the burn on my cigar was quite bad. Got it in a sampler so I may have to try a few more to see if they burn bad as well. I could see this rated around an 86.”
“Words can not explain. Great cigar. Will definitely buy more!!!!”
“So I was uneasy about this cigar as Diesel has let me down before. Maybe I was being a girl, but this time no disappointment. My little diesel lit like it wanted me to enjoy the treasures inside, and enjoy I did. There was almost too much smoke for one man to handle but seeing as I had not shaved that morning there was no real problem. I was just manly enough. Surprisingly there was a green flavor, and by that I mean like unripe coffee beans. I love this flavor though and it became even more man-tastic as the spice opened up about a quarter of the way down. I know spice = MANLY. As I progressed it mellowed out but still stayed warm. Like an old classic cigar, crafted with perfection. This really caught me off guard, but I continued to enjoy. Then the craziest thing happened. Being all man there a few rules to cigar smoking as important as the "THOU SHALT NOT ASH" rule, but my ash fell and the spice and heat became like a wild stallion. Untamed, overpowering, beautiful, like a nuclear bomb being dropped on a small village with the most beautiful sunset occurring right behind it. There is no right way to describe the complexity at this point, hints of coffee swirling with cream, leather, and spicy. To be honest few cigars have ever touched my lips in this way. I almost wanted to keep ashing to see what secret treasures lay inside this beautiful cigar, but I kept to the man code. Even though these flavors mellowed until my lips burned from the hot coal, I can honestly say, "Be a MAN, get a Diesel."”
“The Shorty starts with sweet spice and light peppery sensation for this first half. The second half brings a richer tobacco to mingle with the spice. The finish was toasty and nutty with a pleasant after smoke flavor of mellow nutty tobacco. A lot going on in four and a half inch cigar. For the money a very good smoke! I would buy more.”
“The Diesel is a solid smoke for the money which of course equals value. Thick, elegant, long slow burn, cool, tasty, with a great tactilely satisfying heft and denseness. I'll steer clear of the specific mouth taste adjectives since we all tend to have our own interpretations in that regard. I keep coming back to this one, so do my friends and I hand 'em out bandless to keep 'em guessing!”
“This is my current go to cigar when I don't want any surprises, don't want to experiment, but want predictable flavor and taste. I judge a cigar not only by what it can (occasionally) deliver, but also it's consistency to deliver what I prize in it time and time again. This Diesel just keeps on rollin'. I've passed them out to folks who really do not care for a full bodied cigar and the comments I usually get back is that for a full bodied smoke, it didn't bite or become overbearing, just a chunky satisfying pleasant gob of concentrated flavor. Most thought that it needed to be named something other than full bodied, something more like all of the taste but none of the bite. Like a full bodied with all of the hard edges knocked off of it.”
“I was given 3 of the cocktails in a trade and need to get more. Short and stout, these will be my everyday smoke. Great price and taste. Full bodied to the max with dark chocolate and salty nuts. Quick and sweet, enough for the ride to and from work, half time or waiting for the wife to get ready. A real knock out.”
“The first thing I thought of when lighting up the shorty was hickory wood chips. Bold, strong, spicy yet somehow smooth. Sweet and salty dark chocolate. This cigar is short, fat and packed solid with an excellent draw. I could smoke these all day. A fairly quick smoke at a fairly good price.”
“Smoking my first UC right now man this cigar is just top notch!!! great flavor and aroma and a perfect burn too ( and I even messed up lighting the thing!!) ash held for a good long while and tons of thick smoke. Over all a wonderful cigar for the money. I will be buying a box very soon”
“I finally threw caution to the wind and ordered the Shorty Charity pack. I smoked one off the truck and was concerned that it was a little above my comfort level for strength. After a few weeks resting in cedar treasure chest, they had mellowed enough to be right in my wheel house. I love maduro cigars and this one really delivers in the "big flavor" department, in a big way. Not only does Shorty have a knack for saving dogs, but assisting in blending cigars seems to suit him as well. Thanks AJ and Shorty.”
“I did not want this cigar to end - Just that fantastic. No burn issues, but when smoked v. slowly it may go out. Strong, extremely pleasant tobacco flavor that didn't quit or get bitter toward the end. I had it with coffee, but kept thinking it would go really well with scotch - the flavor wouldn't or disappear if partnered with a strong alcohol!”
“This cigar is an incredible smoke, I have had these in samplers and just recently picked up a case of these (unholy cocktail). Full bodied, full flavor which gets better and better through the burn.
There is in con to this cigar, wrapper imperfection when it gets closer to the end and tends to fall slightly apart. This doesn't happen all the time but I know I am not the only one with this "issue". Regardless great blend; keep'em coming!”
“Good smoke. Good flavor, and burns evenly, however, towards the end, I found the wrappers came a part, but i'd be hard pressed to judge this stogie on that alone. Good smoke no matter what...”
“I just burned my 1st shorty diesel , and man this smoke is incredible . Very light but full of smoke , sweet taste of the wrapper to a peppery taste on the end . Won't hesitate to buy more , just simply awesome!”
“Diesel shorty..... what can I say AMAZING. This a strong little smoke it caught me of guard. I will buy more and smoke more. Great with a cold dark lager.”
“The Diesel Unholy Cocktail is worth every penny. I recently purchased a box of these lovely torpedoes. The construction was nearly flawless and felt very firm and heavy in the hand. This cigar is easy to light and has an even draw throughout the smoke. It burned evenly and produced a tight 3-inch ash. The taste is incredible, easily on a par with any top shelf cigar made in Nicaragua. I plan to make this one of my daily smokes, as it is one of the few cigars I enjoy smoking back to back. An excellent cigar well worth the price.”
“I had decided to smoke two cigars Sunday for the NFL Conference Championship games and selected the Diesel Unholy Cocktail for the second game. I was really looking forward to smoking this cigar because of all of the great reviews. I had been holding off because I wanted to smoke it with the guys so I could brag about it, so it sat in my humidor for about two months. When I pulled it out of the cellophane I was really pumped for a good ride. The cigar smelled great and the pre-smoke draw was great. After toasting the foot and lighting her up, disappointment set in. While the cigar tasted great, the burn was uneven almost from the start. On top of that the wrapper started cracking about a third of the way in. As you can imagine those things detracted from what probably was a really good smoke. I had a much better experience with the CAO America I smoked during the first game. I haven't written the Diesel off and would try again if I score one in another sampler, but at this point I wouldn't be inclined to buy any in quantity.”
“This baby is full of flavor! Great even burn that produces a long ash. One of my top sticks with a great price!”
“The unholy cocktail offering from diesel is of of my favs. Always great construction, even burn, and right amount of boldness. At $100 bucks for 30 sticks CI has them priced perfect, cant go wrong at just over three dollars a stick.”
“Unreal! I have had over 100's of different types of cigars, but this one... is awesome! Hands down one of my top cigars ever. I will always have a few Diesel's on hand. Try 'em you won't be sorry.”
“I smoked my second Unholy Cocktail last night after a not so great experience the first time around. I didn't have the burn and cracking issues I had with the first, but I'm still not bowled over by this cigar. It has a nice flavor, but I'm not as enamored with it as many of the other reviewers are. Good, but I wouldn't put it in my top ten. I would actually rate it last of the five cigars I got in the Full-Bodied Frenzy II sampler.”
“Unholy Cocktail? More like Holy Grail! I stayed away from these for silly reasons. 1 - They were too cheap to meet my standards. 2 - I didn't like the name. I now regret my stupidity. I used to think that you couldn't get a good stick for under $8 or $10. I used to think I needed to buy much more "established" brands...Cohiba, Ashton, Opus X. I am man enough to admit my mistakes (sometimes...but never to my wife). Not only is this my go-to cigar...it's really the only one that I look forward to. It has a perfect draw...uniform to the end. Lots of full bodied, spicy smoke. And it's consistently good. And this fact blows me away. There is not one cigar store in Portland, OR that carries it. When I make the devastating mistake of not ordering my next box in time (before my current box runneth empty) from CI, I have to settle for a lesser cigar at a higher price from a local store until my next shipment.”
“Diesel Unholy Cocktail Salomon...As usual from Diesel, a near perfect cigar! I am a big Diesel fan. I would rate this one just behind the Hair of the Dog. Absolutely yummy!”
“Just lit up my first Unholy Cocktail. Usually my go to cigar is the Undercrown by Drew Estate, but I will have to say, as the Diesel is burning my fingers, this is one good stick.”
“The Shorty is the perfect stick, and surprisingly it's always an hour and a half smoke, my top 5 sticks
“The Diesel Unholy Cocktail is one of those things that flies in the face of logic. A short full body larger ring Torpedo shaped cigar, yet it never smokes hot not even when you go to the nub, the ash is welded together even though it is a 56 ring, smoke the entire cigar with the ash hanging on. And oddly enough, it is a good long smoke despite it's modest length. Add to this the fact it comes in a box of 30, the whole thing is just not normal. Fortunately it is not a normal experience taste wise either. A great smoke that defies logic, I highly recommend you have some in the humidor.
“Stupid good!!! Had one today that had been resting for two years. Needless to say absolutely beautiful flavors!”
“Unholy cocktail is one great cigar! Taste, burn, and draw are a 10 on a scale of 1-10. The only bad thing about this cigar is that it's smoked to the nub to quickly.”
“Just got some Unholy Cocktails in a sampler. Wow. Just fantastic. Lots of complexity and really full. Enjoyed this guy right off the truck and it was excellent. Already considering a box.”
“Wow what a cigar! I cannot begin to describe all the amazing flavors in this stick. I think I tasted every flavor in the cigar rainbow in this one! Normally I put my cigars out when they get around the last quarter. Sometimes I take a few extra puffs but the flavor is usually poor at this point. That was not the case with this stick. It maintained a wonderful flavor throughout the entire burn and I did not notice a decrease in its quality at all. I smoked this stick so far down to the nub that my lips where starting to burn on the last few draws. I had to spit the cigar out into the ashtray when I was done with it as it had burned so far down that I could not grab it with my hands without burning them. And the entire time I never felt like I was being overwhelmed with flavor or body. I just couldn't put it down. I will definitely be keeping this cigar in rotation. It is my new favorite. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a strong cigar loaded with flavor who doesn't want to get knocked flat on their back either. And I guess since I can smoke almost the entire thing it makes it a pretty good value too!”
“I just ordered my eleventh box in two years. My favorite of all cigars.”
“I received the Unholy Cocktail in a sampler & I gotta say... this is an awesome stick! Very complex & very full flavored w/out being overwhelming. Nice construction. Nice firmness w/out being heavy. Lots of pleasant smoke. Prelight smell is good. Toast is good. Upon lighting you get those hints of pepper. They start to mellow out in the first 1/3 giving way to hints of coffee, dark tobacco, & a tiny bit of creaminess. This stick has a great burn, great body & very nice balance throughout. Even mild bodied fans would appreciate this one. You gotta try this cigar. I will definitely be getting a box when there's room in my humidor. Try it. You wont regret it. At $4 a stick you cant go wrong with this one. Great cigar.”
“Despite being offered in only two sizes, I have smoked several different configurations of this blend besides the standard & Shorty. A 5" X 50 Toro, the Corona from the tin & my favorite, a bulbous 7" X 58 figurado. All are limited edition items from samplers & the such, but AJ might want to consider regular production of this 90+ minute Gordo. The Pennsylvania Broadleaf Maduro wrapper is sturdy, flawless & adds a dimension of sweet peat to the medium/full bodied character of the underlying ligeros. I can understand its popularity. I like it very much. The unlimited is even better, being somewhat smoother & just a tad stronger overall. the Figurado I am currently smoking has been languishing in my "last one" humidor for almost nine months. I recently purchased several CI's Kitchen Sink Mega Samplers which contain one each of the Diesel blends in a Toro size. So I carefully replaced the old stick with a new one & began by toasting the foot. It lights easily due to the Figurado shape. After a few minutes it opens up into a medium/full bodied assault on the senses. But in a good way. Peppery, leathery, oaky flavors predominate the 1st 1/3. A half an hour later, the vitola reaches its largest girth. Clouds of luxurious smoke billow forth with every puff. I tap off a firm white ash at the 2" point, but I still have 5" of Maduro madness ahead! This goes on for at least another hour, but even then I am saddened by the untimely end of a very good smoke. Highly recommended to full bodied freaks. 90/100”
“I just smoked my first Diesel after letting it rest for a while at 66% and this cigar is amazing right down to the nub. You don't want this cigar to end. worth every penny. i will be buying a box of these.”
“I am weighing in again, in order to give further comment to the attributes of all things AJ Fernandez in general & the lovingly produced wonder known as Diesel, in specific. Last time I sung the praises of the limited edition 7" X 56 Figurado. This time it is the limited edition Toro at 6" X 50. Truth be told, these odd sized, out of the normal vitolas AJ has produced just for promotions & samplers are remarkably delicious & a nice change from the regular production sizes. Of which there are only two, to my knowledge. Both the Figurado & the Toro are larger smokes than Shorty. They afford me a longer time to savor the complex mix of powerful ligeros & Pennsylvania broad leaf Maduro wrapper that are the signature of this particular blend. Mr. Fernandez makes some of the best Maduro sticks available, IMHO. I offer up Estd 1844, San Lotano Oval Maduro & Nica Libre as proof. One of those excellent blends costs as little as 2 bones & change for a lusty Figurado. Diesel holds its own & more considering the modest price, spot on construction/burn & assortment of fine tobaccos it features. Attributes usually reserved for sticks costing twice as much. This is the genius of AJ Fernandez. If you have to pay 8 clams for a cigar, he has several blends so delicious that you won't even mind paying that price just to say you have them on hand. But, if you are like me, you seek a great cigar at a great price & AJ is there to fill the void with at least half a dozen offerings so fantastic & yet so affordable, that one cannot help but lavish praise upon the maker. That my cigar loving friends, is Diesel in a nutshell. Good enough to sit proudly next to your most expensive vitolas, yet affordable enough to smoke everyday. Thanks to AJ Fernandez & CI, life is good.”
“Received my box of 30 Unholy Cocktails this afternoon. Being a greedy piggy I jumped right in and lit my first Diesel. What can I say? After enjoying numerous San Lotano Ovals and Pinoleros, I had to have one immediately. Wow. Its not possible to oversell or otherwise hype this stick! Right out of the box it burned even, held its ash and tasted unbelievable. I've got the other 29 in my humidor, along with my single Man o' War Ruination Robusto, and I am eagerly looking forward to each of them. If you haven't yet pulled the trigger on these, do it and you will be richly rewarded!”
“Man oh man, I have smoked a lot of different maduros over the last few years. Even most of the ones that I paid three times the price of Diesels I was disappointed with, wishing I had my Diesel in my hand instead. I have bought so many boxes of these that I lost count a long time ago. Yes, that is why I'm also back on site today so as to order a couple more boxes. By far the very best maduro that I have found. Mountainmanbob”
“This is one of the best overall cigars I have had and the consistency is excellent. This is my daily cigar choice and the complex flavor hits in all the right spaces and lasts long enough for my drive to work every day. :)”
“Wasn't sure if I'd like these or not. CI had a great deal, and I couldn't pass it up. And am I ever glad I didn't.
If you haven't tried one yet, get to it! You will not be disappointed. Great work Diesel.”
“amazing cigar, great body, smooth flavor throughout.”
“Always a favorite. Flavorful and well-made.”
“Good full-bodied cigar. Very enjoyable. I will purchase again.”
“I had my first Diesel shorty last night. It was a slow burning cigar, great smoke. The smoker gets a taste of spices as it whines down.”
“One of the best