Team Cigar Review: Diesel Vintage Series Natural Robusto Gordo

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Cigar Details: Diesel Vintage Series Natural Robusto Gordo

  • Vitola: Robusto Extra
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 56
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuador
  • Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
  • Filler: Nicaraguan Jalapa
  • Factory: Tabacalera AJ Fernandez
  • Blender: Justin Andrews and AJ Fernandez
  • Price: $7.79
  • Release Date: March 2024
  • Source: Diesel

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the Diesel Vintage Series Natural Robusto Gordo is light brown and has some decently raised veins along the back and some fine veins elsewhere. The seams are smooth and the caps well applied. The band is white, gold and black, with the brand logo and line name on the front. The aroma from the wrapper is cedar, hay and light earth. The foot brings cedar and wheat bread. The pre-light draw brings a mix of cedar and floral notes, along with a mid-level spiciness on my lips.
Seth: The Diesel Vintage Series Natural Robusto Gordo is a solid looking cigar. Nice Natural wrapper. Dark brown coloring with few veins. Veins are small to medium in size. Firm in hand, the cigar has a nicely placed cap. Strong aromas of manure, leather, rich earth, tobacco and spices. Firm cigar as well. I do enjoy this size.
John: The Diesel Vintage Series Natural Robusto Gordo comes in cellophane and does not have a UPC sticker. The cigar has a single band in gold on cream indicating Diesel Vintage. I weighed the cigar at 14.2 grams and measured the humidity at 63.0% with the HumidiMeter Pro. Aromas from the wrapper included sweet bread, clover, wood, tobacco and almost a vanilla sweetness underneath everything. From the foot, I was picking up on a sharp raisin and tobacco, along with some hay.

Diesel Vintage Series Natural Robusto Gordo

Diesel Vintage Series Natural Robusto Gordo

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with toasted cedar and a bold mix of cinnamon and black pepper. At a half inch in, the cinnamon has faded away leaving the bold black pepper even with the toasted cedar. The retrohale is toasted cedar and very zingy black pepper. At an inch in, some earth joins the profile and the black pepper mellows a bit. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar is up front, with the black pepper a bit behind and the earth slightly behind the pepper. The strength was slightly above medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with this leather, hay and barnyard flavor profile. There is some ammonia present along with some pungent manure and mineral notes. Medium in strength and body. Easy finish with some dry wood notes. Beautiful burn.
John: The first third gets going with wood, baking spices and a dry, tannic wood to finish into the post draw. As the first third settles in, through the retrohale I’m getting a creamy wood and medium pepper combination on the finish. As the first third continues, there is a mild bread breaking into the center of the retrohale. Some time later, medium strength pepper also migrates into the center of the retrohale with a lingering dry wood at medium strength for the finish. Moving towards the halfway mark, the pepper has moved towards the front of the profile. In the bottom half, the pepper has moved up to medium-full strength with notes of bread underneath.

Diesel Vintage Series Natural Robusto Gordo

Diesel Vintage Series Natural Robusto Gordo

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the black pepper picks back up and becomes even with the toasted cedar up front once again. The retrohale is now toasted cedar and earth with a mid-level black pepper zinginess. At an inch in, a light wood bitterness joins the profile. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar is now slightly ahead of the black pepper and earth with a light wood bitterness in the background. The strength remained at slightly above medium.
Seth: The second third is fairly in line with that of the first. Leather, hay and barnyard notes. Manure and mineral qualities on the finish with some dry wood. Medium in strength and body.
John: Creamy medium strength pepper leads off the second third with a tannic, medium strength wood to finish. Some delayed sweet tobacco is present on the post draw after a few puffs. Dry, tannic wood moves from the post draw to the center of the profile as the second third continues. Overall, the profile here has a significant amount of dryness, both on the main draw, the retrohale and the finish. By the bottom half of the second third, sweet tobacco and hay is leading each puff. Creaminess combines with pepper at medium minus strength in the bottom half.

Diesel Vintage Series Natural Robusto Gordo

Diesel Vintage Series Natural Robusto Gordo

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the black pepper has mellowed and is now a bit behind the earth. The retrohale is now toasted cedar and earth, with some mild black pepper. As the cigar wraps up, the toasted cedar is just ahead of the earth, with the black pepper a bit further behind and some light wood bitterness in the background. The strength remained at slightly above medium.
Seth: The final third delivers some more mineral, dry earth and wood notes, but it has some spice and faint manure qualities. Bits of leather and tobacco. Medium in strength and body.
John: Creamy wood gets the last third started with dry wood through the post draw. That same creamy wood is also present on the retrohale, intensified to medium along with baking spices at the same level, as wood follows and finishes combining with spice accents. I find the profile remains consistent for the remainder of the review.

Diesel Vintage Series Natural Robusto Gordo

Diesel Vintage Series Natural Robusto Gordo

Burn

Aaron: The burn was straight throughout and the ash held on through each third.
Seth: Very nice burn throughout.
John: The burn starts straight, as the cigar spontaneously goes out one inch into the review. After I re-light, the burn is uneven and remains uneven for the remainder of the review.

Diesel Vintage Series Natural Robusto Gordo

Diesel Vintage Series Natural Robusto Gordo

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Perfect draw.
John: The draw was perfect, right in the ideal zone between open and resistant which results in an amazing score.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with toasted cedar and a bold mix of cinnamon and black pepper. The cinnamon faded away about a half inch in. Some earth joined a bit later. The second third saw a light wood bitterness join in and this profile held on through the remainder of the cigar. The construction was absolutely perfect. The Diesel Vintage Series Natural Robusto Gordo had a nice, bold start, but from the second third on, it took a step down as the earth built up and the pepper faded back a bit. Nothing all that exciting about the cigar to make we want to come back to it, but if you’re looking for a well priced offering that provides some pop, this would be something to check out.
Seth: While the Diesel Vintage Series Natural Robusto Gordo is quite affordable, the price is great for under $8.00, the flavor profile delivered is not. It does not deliver a pleasant flavor profile in any third, and it does go downhill. The construction and draw are perfect, but the flavors are just lacking and poor. Not a cigar I would come back to, although I do love this size and the burn and draw are perfect.
John: The Diesel Vintage Series Natural Robusto Gordo provided a pleasant smoking experience and although I never found the flavor combinations to be particularly sophisticated or engaging, there was nothing off putting or discordant through the review process. The draw was perfect while the burn required a re-light and had waviness during the review. This isn’t likely something I’d return to, but I also think this is a reasonable and approachable flavor profile. The Diesel Vintage Series Natural Robusto Gordo is at a value price point that is roughly half the current average cigar price in the 2024 market. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 46 minutes.

Aaron
Seth
John
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$1.28

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

4.68

Cost/Point

$1.66

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

5.55

Cost/Point

$1.40

Scoring System

Team Cigar Review: Diesel Vintage Series Natural Robusto Gordo

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