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(Description taken from Cigar-coop.com website)
General Cigar has released a special limited edition version of its Diesel Whiskey Row Sherry Cask for the 2020 end of year holiday season. The cigar features a barber-pole version of the Diesel Whiskey Row Sherry Cask in a 5 x 56 Gordo packaged in a branded and bonded tabletop whiskey barrel.
The new release was developed by Justin Andrews and blended by AJ Fernandez at Tabacalera AJ Fernandez in Estelí, Nicaragua. It features the blend’s original Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper intermixed with a Connecticut Shade wrapper. The cigar also uses a Brazilian Alagoas Arapiraca binder that was barrel aged in Rabbit Hole’s Pedro Ximénez Sherry barrels over a blend of Nicaraguan Habano tobaccos.
The cigars are presented in a keepsake wooden whiskey barrel that holds ten cigars and includes a lid that doubles as an ashtray. Pricing is $124.99 for the cigars and barrel.
Blend and Origin
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf/Connecticut Shade
Binder: Brazilian Arapiraca (Alagoas)
Filler: Nicaraguan Habano
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: Tabacalera AJ Fernandez de Nicaragua SA
Gordo: 5 x 56
The cigar has a nice barber pole wrapper and feels pretty dense in the hand.
The test draw after cutting the cap was good with a touch of firmness. The initial flavors at light up were a somewhat citrus/cedar noted, crabapple, brown sugar, cinnamon, smooth and creamy nutmeg, light chocolate, and light black coffee. There was nice black pepper rated at 7 1/2. It's a sweet, tangy start.
At the first third (37 minutes) the cigar settled down very nicely. It's very tangy with the same flavor notes. The nutmeg has light leather notes. Even though there are light chocolate notes and light black coffee notes they combine to make a nice base. The cigar is medium bodied. The finish is crabapple, cedar, brown sugar, and black coffee with nice lingering black pepper. The cigar is very flavorful and has a nice burn time through the first third. I rated the first third 94.
Moving through the second third (1 hour 8 minutes) the crabapple gave the cigar some light bitterness. It wasn't much but it detracted from the overall scope of the cigar. The cigar is now medium to full bodied. The finish is basically unchanged. I lowered the second third score slightly to 93 due to the light bitterness.
The cigar lasted an impressive 1 hour 32 minutes. In the final third the slight bitterness went away leaving the same nice flavor notes as the first third. The chocolate notes seemed to come out a little more in the final third. The cigar reached full bodied. The finish was unchanged; very sweet with nice lingering black pepper. The cigar is very tangy and sweet with enough lower level notes to make it quite enjoyable. I moved the final third score back up to 94 for the final third. Good cigar.