October 06, 2020

Diesel ESTELi PURO Robusto (5 1/4 x 54)


Video review HERE.

(Description taken from General Cigar)

A highly-anticipated release from Diesel has hit the market. Called “Estelí Puro,” the full-time addition to the Diesel lineup was created in collaboration with AJ Fernandez.

This tobacco-forward release is poised to become a core product in the Diesel portfolio.

The collection harnesses the strength and complexity of Estelí’s renowned tobacco which comes from the darkest and most dense of Nicaraguan soils. Each of the tobaccos that comprise Diesel Estelí Puro were hand-selected from AJ’s farms to meet specific requirements set forth by the Diesel team. The wrapper was harvested from La Lilia, the binder from San José and the fillers from several plots including AJ’s celebrated San Lotano farm.

Senior Brand Manager Justin Andrews said, “Estelí Puro represents the future of Diesel in that the story of the blend is told by the tobacco itself. With Estelí Puro, we made a collection that is completely unique in its bold flavor profile, yet has many of the attributes that have made the other Diesel expressions a cigar of choice among dyed-in-the-wool smokers. This is a cigar that demands the smoker’s full attention with deep and balanced flavor, a strong presentation and an attractive price point.”

Blended by AJ Fernandez, handcrafted at Tabacalera AJ Fernandez in Estelí, Nicaragua and developed by General Cigar’s Justin Andrews, Diesel Estelí Puro is made with hand-selected leaves that are cultivated, processed and aged by AJ’s team. Heady aroma and spice dominate, lending body and dimension to the cigar, and delivering a smoke for experienced palates.

Diesel Estelí Puro will be available in three sizes and sold in 20-count boxes.

Robusto 5.25” x 54 -- SRP per cigar $8.99 REVIEWED TODAY

Toro 6” x 54 -- SRP per cigar $9.49

Gigante 6” x 60 -- SRP per cigar $9.99

The cigar is dark brown and has an oily wrapper.

The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were a nice tangy citrus/cedar combination, brown sugar, cinnamon, mocha, smooth, creamy nutmeg, and a nice black coffee base. There was black pepper rated at an 8. Nice sweet start.

About an inch in the flavors settled down. The mocha flavor is now a very sweet caramel. The black pepper has actually increased. The sweet notes are very good and now there is a lot of cinnamon. The cigar has gotten quite sweet. Nice sweet citrus and cedar notes, brown sugar, cinnamon, caramel, nutmeg, and black coffee.

At the first third (26 minutes) I still had the same flavor notes but the percentages of each has changed. The nutmeg is smooth, yet dry, and it's elevating. All the sweeter notes are still there and now there is a little underlying leather mixed in with the nutmeg. The cigar is medium bodied leaning heavily toward medium to full. The finish is cedar and nutmeg with very nice lingering black pepper. As the nutmeg has risen it cloaks some of the sweeter notes. The cigar is still pretty good. I rated the first third 93.

At the second third (45 minutes) the nutmeg and very light leather did continue to increase but only slightly. But there remain a lot of sweet notes on the front end. The finish is now cedar with some brown sugar and nutmeg. There is a lot of lingering black pepper. The cigar is now medium to full bodied. The black pepper remains very good. I rated the second third 92.

The cigar lasted 1 hour 5 minutes. The cigar held serve in the final third with the exception of the leather becoming much more prominent. The sweet notes held check however. The leather built in intensity as the cigar went along. The caramel notes are pretty much hidden due to the elevated leather. The cigar is now full bodied. The finish is unchanged. This is a good cigar with nice leather notes and nice sweet notes. I rated the final third 92. You can purchase these cigars HERE.

Overall Score: 92.33

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