Team Cigar Review: Diesel Hair of the Dog Toro

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Cigar Details: Diesel Hair of the Dog Toro

  • Vitola: Toro Extra
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 54
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra
  • Filler: Nicaraguan Habano
  • Factory: Tabacalera AJ Fernandez
  • Blender: AJ Fernandez
  • Price: $10.00
  • Release Date: March 2019
  • Source: Diesel

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The cigar has a soft box press to it and the wrapper is light brown with a couple of slightly raised veins. The seams are easily visible as they are slightly raised also. The head is finished off with a very well applied triple cap. The band is primarily beige with top and bottom borders in a bluish gray. The brand and line names are displayed as well. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of hay and barnyard funkiness. The foot brings wood, tobacco sweetness and white pepper. The pre-light draw is primarily sweet hay and has a mid-level spiciness on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

The Diesel Hair of the Dog Toro has a nice light Colorado coloring to it and sports few veins throughout. They are fairly medium in size and do not play an impact on the smooth wrapper texture. The wrapper has a nice press as well and a slight give when squeezed. There is an aroma of strong barnyard, spices, earth and leather on the foot, while the wrapper is a little bit more mellow, showing some sweetness from the tobacco.

Pre-light Experience

The Diesel Hair of the Dog Toro has a smooth Colorado color wrapper, and a soft box press. The band is a thick paper style band with texturing. The lettering is in white, black and red with red and gray accents on a light tan background. The aroma from the wrapper is leather, barnyard and cedar. Light, sweet hay and tobacco in the foot.

Pre-light Experience

The Diesel Hair of the Dog Toro is a box pressed cigar with an attractive medium brown caramel wrapper. Veins are very well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head finished off with a well applied triple cap. Aromas from the wrapper give baking spices, creamed nuts and dry barnyard. Aromas from the foot tell a nice dose of white pepper, creamed nuts and hay. Cold draw gives sweet earth, dry red peppers and hay.

First Third

The cigar begins with creamy wood and some black pepper. At three quarters of an inch in, some mustiness joins the profile. The retrohale shows a deep wood profile with a slight creaminess. At an inch in, a slight char attaches to the wood. At an inch and a half, the char is increasing and the wood is gaining a stale note to it. As the third comes to a close, the profile is charred and musty wood with a very faint black pepper note. The strength in this third was slightly below medium.

First Third

The cigar begins by delivering strong spice notes that are accompanied by dry earth. There are some wood and leather qualities with that and a finish of subtle cherry notes. I would classify the cigar as medium-full in strength with the body at a full level.

First Third

My first few draws produce flavors of hay, cedar and some pepper that lingers at the back of my throat. Creamy cedar comes through on the retrohale with a short pepper bite to finish. Molasses joins the retrohale soon after, and post draw pepper ramps up to medium-full almost full. The molasses evolves into a malty sweetness as the first third settles in. The pepper begins to back off to between medium and medium-full. Creaminess starts to push to the front of my palate, as the pepper continues to recede in strength.

First Third

The first third has a good mixture of wood, spice and sweetness all coming from earthy flavors. There’s oak wood, minerals, baking spices and a natural sweetness and creaminess from mixed dried nuts. Retrohaling the cigar brings out a red pepper spice in addition to the aforementioned earthy notes. The finish is pretty heavy with oak. Strength and body is medium.

Second Third

The second third keeps the charred and musty wood with faint pepper. At a half inch in, the char increases some more and is now the prominent note in the profile. The retrohale shows the same components all at equal levels. As the third comes to a close, the charred note is still ahead of the musty wood while the black pepper has dropped out. The strength in this third bumped up to medium.

Second Third

In the second third, I find a flavor profile that is delivering some sea salt characteristics and with that some soft wood and dry earth. The cherry notes are more noticeable in this third and they are complimenting the strong pepper spice qualities. Like before, the cigar is medium-full in strength and the body is at a full level.

Second Third

The Hair of the Dog starts the second third with medium-full sweetness that mixes in with mid palate cedar, lingering baking spices and pepper. The post draw consists of cedar that takes on a drying character with dry, tannic notes. Malty sweetness returns as the second third settles in, and toasted earth on the post draw. That earth completely takes over the post draw by the time the cigar reaches the midway point.

Second Third

Two key transitional differences between the first and second thirds. One difference is the lack of sweetness and creaminess from mixed dried nuts. The second third has it but it is on and off (more off than on). The other difference is the addition of a nice slick oiliness covering the palate. Other than these items, the profile is nearing medium-full strength and medium body, still with a very earthy showing.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the char is evoking some bitterness while the musty wood is just behind. The char and slight bitterness is just sitting on my tongue. At a half inch in, the cigar begins to warm up which brings a slight mintiness to the profile. The retrohale is now just musty wood. At an inch in, the char has begun to mellow as it is now an even mix with the musty wood and mintiness. The strength in this third remained at medium.

Final Third

Final third is diminished from the first and second third and it is delivering spice, soft wood and tobacco notes. It has a dry finish, and while the cigar is on the dryer side of the spectrum throughout, it is significantly dryer at the end. I find the strength to be at a medium-full level in this third, like before, and the body is closer to full.

Final Third

Cedar carries the flavor profile moving into the final third. Sweetness fights back as the last third settles in. The post draw has a heavy cedar on the palate with aspects of earth.

Final Third

The last third holds true to the second third. A slick and oily profile with oak, minerals, baking spices and still missing that natural sweetness and creaminess from mixed nuts. Strength is still on its way to medium-full while body finishes medium.

Burn

The burn line was straight the entire way and the ash held on in near inch and a half increments.

Burn

Hair of the Dog is one of the best constructed cigars I have had in a long time. Simply incredible construction with a beautiful burn line.

Burn

The burn on the Hair of the Dog is very straight throughout the entire smoking experience. Ash holds on well up to 2 inches before falling off.

Burn

Perfect burn performance. Tight ashes, even burn and cool burning temperature.

Draw

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

Overall

The cigar began with creamy wood and black pepper. Pretty quickly, some mustiness joined as the pepper became very faint. Towards the end of the first third, some char joined in and that built up until the final third when it dropped back and the cigar heated up, bringing some mintiness. The construction was perfect and strength was right around medium the whole way. This is another cigar that fell into the typical AJ Fernandez flavor profile for me of charred and musty wood. Not something I’d look to return to.

Draw

Like the burn, draw was simply fantastic!

Overall

The Diesel Hair of the Dog Toro is by no means a bad cigar, but I wish they had continued with the bourbon barrel aged/sherry cask theme of their first and latest cigars. It would have been cool to have some of that tobacco in the filler with the Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. Overall, a decent flavor profile that lacked some complexity and transitioning from start to finish. I enjoyed it being on the dryer side of things and you could pick up on the Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. I believe these cigars will age very well and smoke much better come late summer early fall. As previously stated, if they added a little something else to this cigar, maybe some bourbon barrel aged tobacco, I think it would have taken this cigar to a higher level.

Draw

The draw is perfect, right in the middle of the ideal zone of resistance.

Overall

The Diesel Hair of the Dog Toro is an interesting cigar, with flavors of hay, cedar, pepper, baking spices, molasses, malty sweetness, creaminess, cedar and earth. With all of those flavor notes going on, the cigar never manages to find a balance. I found the first third to be good but the remainder of the cigar was consistently average. Burn and draw on the hand were flawless from start to finish. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 53 minutes.

Draw

Draw was perfect.

Overall

The Diesel Hair of the Dog Toro started out great with an easy going profile having a tasty mix of sweetness and cream from mixed nuts, oak, minerals and baking spices. But in the second third, the sweetness and cream were not consistently there, making the cigar too focused on wood and spiced earth notes. Not surprising, the construction was top notch as expected from AJ. But that isn’t quite enough to pull out a good, flavorful smoking experience, which is why it was an overall average experience for me.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

4.68

Cost/Point

$2.14

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

6.45

Cost/Point

$1.55

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$1.64

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$1.64

Scoring System

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