Team Cigar Review: Diesel Delirium

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Cigar Details: Diesel Delirium

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
  • Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
  • Filler: Nicaraguan Ligero and Ometepe
  • Factory: Tabacalera AJ Fernandez
  • Blender: AJ Fernandez
  • Price: $10.00
  • Release Date: March 2020
  • Source: Diesel

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Diesel Delirium is a matte dark brown and has a few decently raised veins present. The seams are smooth and barely visible and the caps are applied so well it’s hard to verify how many, but it looks like two. There are two bands, both carrying a black, burgundy and gold color combination. The primary denotes the brand and line while the foot states 2020 Limited Edition. The aroma from the wrapper is hay while the foot brings a mix of wood, hay, spice and some tobacco sweetness. The pre-light draw brings an airy and dry wood with a mild spiciness on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

Milk chocolate in coloring, Diesel Delirium has a smooth and silky wrapper. It is somewhere between Natural and Maduro. There is some fine grit present with the texture and there are few veins present throughout. The cigar is firm and the wrapper is giving off strong aromas of red pepper, black pepper, leather and tobacco. The foot is delivering similar qualities with a nice bit of dark cocoa powder present.

Pre-light Experience

The Diesel Delirium has a 2020 Limited Edition foot band, along with a Delirium primary band. The wrapper is a dark brown, and smooth throughout. Nosing the wrapper, I was able to pick up butter tart, cedar and a faint barnyard. There is a sweet raisin and cedar combination from the foot.

Pre-light Experience

The Diesel Delirium has a nice Colorado Maduro wrapper shade. The wrapper looks of high quality given a nice oily sheen and fine traces of tooth. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head finished off with a deep layered cap. Aromas from the wrapper give barnyard, hay and cedar. Aromas from the foot tell dirt/soil and sharp black pepper. Cold draw gives hay, cedar and a slight roasted creamy nuttiness.

First Third

The cigar begins with wood and about as full of a black pepper as I’ve ever experienced in a cigar. At a half inch in, the black pepper mellows a bit as some mustiness joins the profile. The retrohale is stinging black pepper with a bit of mustiness on the finish. At an inch and a quarter, the mustiness is now even with the wood, and the black pepper is a bit dull and right behind. The strength in this third was medium-full.

First Third

The first third opens up with a plethora of black pepper notes and it is paired with some leather and herbal qualities. There are touches of cocoa present as well, but the focus of the cigar is the pepper. In terms of body and strength, the cigar is smoking at a solid full level and this cigar has a kick. Full might be an understatement.

First Third

My first few puffs bring cocoa, along with cedar and baking spices, which then finishes with a combination of spices and wood. A few moments later, sweetness and some black pepper joins. I’m already impressed by the amount of smoke production here. Cocoa and dry wood take up the middle of the profile by the 30 minute mark. Molasses sweetness joins the profile into the bottom half.

First Third

At the core of it, the Delirium is a very earthy and mineral driven profile (gritty dirt/soil, cedar, baking spices). With that said, it’s quite AJ-esque. But there is a nice balance of dry red pepper spice and natural creamed sweetness. The retrohale shows powerful black pepper spice. The finish carries for a slight char and bitterness to the earth and minerals. Strength is medium-full, body medium.

Second Third

The second third continues on with the musty wood slightly ahead of the dull black pepper. At three quarters of an inch in, the black pepper is very light and the musty wood is a bit dry. The retrohale is just musty, dry wood. At an inch and a quarter, the black pepper is now just present on the finish. The third finishes with the musty, dry wood and the black pepper is gone. The strength in this third dropped to slightly above medium.

Second Third

The second third delivers a continuation of the black pepper notes and it is paired with coffee and dark cocoa notes. There are some wood, leather and herbal qualities present as well, and the finish shows a return of the black pepper. Like before, the cigar is full in strength, body and flavors.

Second Third

Sweetness along with cedar as the cigar moves into the second third. There is trailing molasses and baking spices making up the post draw. As the second third settles in, some toasted lingering earth is present.

Second Third

The profile is pretty consistent so far. It’s still very earth and mineral driven with the same gritty soil/dirt, cedar and baking spices. The spice and sweetness is still there, which is a nice break from the heavy handed earth and minerals. Strength and body are still medium-full and medium, respectively.

Final Third

The final third continues on with the musty, dry wood profile. At three quarters of an inch in, some bitterness becomes present on the finish and the profile is quite dry. The retrohale is a pretty full musty wood and carries a slight bitterness. At an inch and a quarter, the bitterness is now part of the profile and not just the finish. The cigar finishes out with the dry, musty wood with bitterness in the background. The strength in this third remained at slightly above medium.

Final Third

The final third is a departure from the first two thirds and the pepper presence has diminished dramatically. The focus now is more on oak, coffee and dark cocoa powder. There are some earth qualities present as well and it has a smooth finish of tobacco and chocolate. It is smoking at a level between medium and medium-full, but with the departure of the strength and body it feels more like a medium. It is the best third of the entire cigar and a great finish.

Final Third

Toasted earth and wood lead the flavor profile into the last third. Fresh cedar joins the mix as the cigar settles in. As the cigar progresses, the toasted earth fades in intensity.

Final Third

Up until about the last inch and a half or so, the profile was consistently the same as the first two thirds. So roughly halfway through the final third, the bitterness picks up, especially on the finish, overtaking the sweet and creamy notes. Strength and body is unchanged at medium-full and medium, respectively.

Burn

The burn was straight the whole way, but did go out once in the first third requiring a re-light. The ash held on in inch and half increments.

Burn

Burn was amazing on the cigar from start to finish. Simply fantastic.

Burn

The burn is relatively straight, with ash holding in 1-1/2 inch increments. Some flakiness on the ash does develop. The burn becomes uneven by the halfway point, requiring a touch-up. The cigar goes out in the last third requiring a re-light.

Burn

Perfect burn performance. Even burn, tight ashes, cool burning temperature and never needed my lighter past the initial light.

Draw

The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.

Overall

The cigar began with wood and a full black pepper. The black pepper then mellowed and some mustiness joined in. The second third saw the wood become dry and the black pepper faded until it was gone. The final third saw some bitterness join in and the profile became dryer. Construction was very good and strength was slightly above medium most of the way. The Diesel Delirium had a blast of black pepper to start that may have been the fullest I’ve ever experienced. It faded out and bitterness joined which knocked things down in the final third. I would have welcomed the black pepper to remain until the end and break up the monotony a bit. If you’re a fan of black pepper or AJ blends, you’ll probably find something you like here, but for me, I’d prefer something a bit more dynamic. Probably not something I see myself returning to in the future.

Draw

The draw was perfect on all samples I smoked for this review.

Overall

Diesel Delirium is a powerful cigar. One of the most powerful cigars I have had this year, and the most powerful of the Diesel releases I have smoked, it is a full strength and body cigar that comes with matching flavors. The black pepper notes are prominent throughout and make it a cigar not for the individuals looking to smoke mild and medium body smokes. However, it is in the final third that the cigar shines and shows a departure from what a majority of the cigar delivers. It has been some time since I have smoked a new cigar that has a better finish than start, but that is the case with Delirium. With fantastic construction and solid flavors, this is a nice addition to the Diesel brand. I would have never thought that the Diesel brand would be the spotlight for General Cigars, but here we are and I am pleased with what the brand is delivering. These are cigars that will age well and I am looking forward to see how this cigar smokes in six months and even a year. If you are looking for a beast of a cigar, I suggest picking one of these up and then waiting for the sweet spot at the finish.

Draw

The draw has some minor resistance to it, roughly 1 notch.

Overall

The Diesel Delirium is a medium-full bodied experience with some enjoyable flavor combinations in the first and middle thirds. Flavors included cocoa, cedar, baking spices, sweetness, black pepper, a general wood and molasses. The overall strength profile and flavor notes reminded me of some of the more classic Diesel releases from previous years and was enjoyable. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 56 minutes.

Draw

The draw was also perfect as it gave the ideal air flow.

Overall

The Diesel Delirium is to me is one of the many classic profiles of what AJ is good at. Being namely earth, minerals, spice driven, if you enjoy his typical creations, no doubt this will please you. It’s a bit more spice heavy but for the most part it’s balanced out by a natural creamy and sweet nuttiness. And of course, given that it’s made at AJ’s, the construction was top notch. To me, it is for the most part same ole typical AJ that tastes consistently average.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.30

Cost/Point

$1.89

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

7.17

Cost/Point

$1.40

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.62

Cost/Point

$1.51

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$1.74

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