The Diesel line-up of cigars is something I had been meaning to try for awhile. An acquaintance of mine had only positive things to say about Diesel’s line up, and noted that the selection he had tried had some very unique flavours not as common in most cigars he was smoking at the time. Interesting. So when Anthony over at Cigar’s City told me he was throwing in a couple sticks from Diesel I was excited that I would finally get to try out this brand. The good news is that the Wicked is a well constructed, robust cigar that does sport some very unique flavours. The bad news is that unique flavours do not always equate to making a cigar worthwhile, as is the case with the Wicked.
The first thing you will notice with the Diesel Wicked is it’s distinct extended red band that is placed at the tip of the cigar; probably added not only for visual appeal but to foreshadow that it tastes different than most cigars you will try. Additionally, the standard band itself is a weird mesh up of pink font with a charcoal background. The Diesel Wicked itself feels like care was placed into it’s construction, with a weight that feels slightly heavier than most cigars of this size, and a wrapper that feels relatively smooth. Conversely, cutting the cigar was fairly easy and did not damage the wrapper at all. Nice.
I had been told the Diesel Wicked was a full bodied cigar, and the cigar definitely makes you aware of it’s full bodied nature in the first few puffs by overwhelmingly tasting like a harsh charcoal. Fortunately this awful charcoal taste subsides and you are greeted by a more pleasant flavours that I can describe as tasting of wood and leather. Unfortunately there is an after taste that I can best describe as tasting like a sweet meat. While I thought that maybe this weird sweet meat flavour might subside or possibly become less pronounced to make way for the otherwise pleasant wood and leather flavours, it doesn’t. Unfortunately it actually felt like this meaty flavour only became more pronounced as I puffed on this cigar. It was only until the last quarter of the Wicked that it felt like this gross meaty flavour subsided, but for obvious reasons this is not ideal for a full bodied cigar such as the Wicked. Otherwise, if you enjoy nice thick draws of smoke, the Wicked delivers on this front, but it’s a matter of whether or not you want to endure the gross meaty flavour that accompanies those thick draws of smoke.
I had high hopes for the Diesel Wicked, but it mostly failed to deliver. With that being said, I am staying open minded about the rest of Diesel’s line-up, and hoping that maybe the Wicked was simply the black sheep of the bunch. The cigar does have it’s allure by offering nice construction and an appealing extended band design that is sure to entice naive buyers, but that is pretty much where the positives of this cigar stops. To be fair, I might just be the odd man out in disliking the meaty flavour of the Wicked, but unless you want to plop down whatever the cost of your cigar shop might be charging for this stick, I suggest steering clear of the Wicked.
If you are interested in trying the Diesel Wicked cigar, check out Cigar City.
My first foray into the Partagas line of cigars was the Presidente, without derailing this review too much, I liked the Presidente quite a bit and have been fond of Partagas cigars ever since. When I was informed that I would be getting to try the Partagas Black Label cigar I was excited as it has been a year since I last touched a Partagas branded cigar. I smoked my Black Label cigar soon after I got it, and while I enjoyed it, I could not recommend it to a casual or amateur cigar smoke; this cigar is the definition of bold tobacco in a full bodied package. Thick smoke and excellent burning time, but not as flavoured as some might expect.
When I received my Black Label cigars, they did not come packaged in anything distinctive – simply plastic wrapped and bare. The cigar is accompanied by an eye catching band, using gold accents, with a black base and white lettering. The first thing you will notice about the cigar itself is that it is very thick and sports a dark brown wrapping. The bare minimum packaging is probably attributed to the fact that these cigars came from their original box. Of course, as a smoker you should not base your entire opinion of cigars on the packaging, but for the sake of this review, I think you the reader, should know all aspects of the cigar at hand. Regardless, both Black Label cigars that I received cut nice, and the wrapper failed to lose any integrity tin either of the cigars that I had cut. The wrapper is not incredibly soft, but it is not rugged either, it has a level of stiffness to it that does not seem to be the result of poor storage.
The Black Label’s flavouring is not that complex, and tastes predominantly of a bold well-rounded tobacco. Within the first five minutes of the burn however, you are greeted to an almost bitter cocoa flavouring. Reiterating, the tobacco is the most predominant flavour in this cigar, but unlike other full bodied cigars I have tried of this size the after taste from the tobacco never becomes overwhelmingly bitter. The best way to describe the taste of the tobacco would be smooth but bold. About half an hour in, I would say the flavour stays consistent. An aspect of the Black Label that makes it enticing is it’s excellent draws accompanied by nice thick smoke. The only issue I have had with the Black Label is that it appears to burn unevenly, and while I initially chalked this up to me not lighting this thick cigar properly, attempts at preventing uneven burning in my second Black Label proved futile. The ash is a light grey, and stays quite structured throughout the burn, meaning you will not be ashing the Black Label too often. In addition, the burn time of this cigar is most pleasant, with both Black Label cigars lasting me within the hour range. Furthermore, even down to the last quarter of this cigar it did not taste of harsh filler tobacco like you might expect from a cigar of such thickness, which goes to show the excellent crafting of this cigar. I must note however, that for less seasoned smokers the boldness of the flavour and thickness of the smoke may be off-putting.
The Partagas Black Label cigar is not for the casual smoker. In addition, I would argue that a cigar of this caliber deserves to be smoked sparingly due to it’s bold draws and long burning time. If you enjoy full bodied cigars and want something bold and long lasting, then this is the cigar for you. Throughout the full burn time, the tobacco’s boldness never becomes gross or bitter, and the accompaniment of the cocoa flavouring serve to make this a well rounded full-bodied cigar. For seasoned smokers who want something bold (note: that’s the keyword for today) then I give full recommendation for the Black Label cigar.
If you are interested in trying the Partagas Black Label cigar, check out Cigar City for excellent prices on this great full bodied cigar.