Unlike some of the guys around here, I don’t have a cigar lit at all times of the day. A few of the clowns around here burn ‘em like they’re going out of style. But when I light up a cigar, I want to make sure I’ve got the time to savor and enjoy it. Plus, my personal preference is for full-bodied, powerhouse sticks. And they taste so much better when the sun’s down, and there’s a beer in my hand.
So, without further delay, let me review for you all one of my go-to, end-of-the-day blends: Diesel Uncut. If you've experienced Diesel before, you know this brand is 100% beef. The regular Diesel is a dynamite stick overflowing with flavors, and one that I’ve burnt countless times. With Diesel Uncut, famed blender A.J. Fernandez promised even more undiluted flavor, and the dress mazo packaging style keeps these sticks priced low. A winning combination so far.
But how do you turn the dial up even further on a high-octane blend like Diesel? Well with Uncut, AJ employs a rich Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper over a robust mix of Nicaraguan binder and long-filler. The wrapper has a slight shimmer of oil, and is a gorgeous warm brown color throughout. In less artsy terms: this thing looks like a friggin’ chocolate bar, and I want to tear into it.
Lighting it up, I’m never disappointed. The “uncut” foot at the end gives you a blast of the wrapper flavor as you put it to torch. It’s loaded with chocolate, dark espresso, and cedar, like any good maduro should be. As you get into the cigar, you get more black pepper and the cigar builds in strength. This is one you can easily burn your fingers on as you puff away down to the nub.
Now, as much as I love Diesel Uncut, no cigar is perfect. My complaints here are relatively minor: I wish there was a longer vitola, like a Churchill. The Toro is delicious, and I’d love to see what an extra inch or so could bring to the table. The only other thing I want to make clear is that this cigar’s got a real kick in flavor and strength. It’s great if that’s what you’re looking for (which I am), but this is definitely not a cigar to enter on an empty stomach.
Alright, I’ve droned on long enough. If this sounds good to you, I’d highly recommend a mazo of the Toros. If it doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, leave ‘em all to me. Not gonna hurt my feelings.