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.
While many of my cigar smoking friends have said good things about Dunhill cigars, I have to admit, I avoided the these cigars based on the gentleman I used to buy my cigars from telling me that he disliked the Dunhill brand. Being an amateur, and more impressionable smoker at the time, I took his words quite seriously and did not bother to give the Dunhill‘s a fair shot. That is, until now. I can apologetically tell the cigar gods that I am glad to say that my opinion was completely unfounded, and out of all the cigars I have tried this year, the full-bodied Dunhill Signed Range Corona is one of the better ones.
The Dunhill is packaged in a sleek crimson red tube that is designed to hold air and keep out moisture – definitely to extend the cigars shelf life outside of a humidor. Upon sliding open the red container I was greeted with an aroma that could be described as spicy and sweet. The cigar’s band mimics the packaging by sporting a crimson red base with silver lettering and accents. The cigars wrapper seems standard, and the two I tried both cut well. The wrapper has a softness to it which makes placing it on your lips a comfortable experience.
The initial taste of the Dunhill Signed Range Corona is mediocre at best. As it burns however, the cigar’s taste builds, and you will find pleasant spices accompanied by a taste that I can describe as being almost fruity. The beauty of this cigar however, is that these flavours are not overwhelming, and serve to compliment the natural flavouring of the tobacco, not overtake it. In addition to the flavourful nature of this cigar, it must be noted that while the smoke draws thick, it is never a result of overwhelming filler tobacco, but a careful combination of all the flavouring this cigar has to offer. Approximately twenty minutes in, and a bit more than halfway through the cigar, the flavour is consistent but also seems to take on more of a leathery quality – which is a good thing. About two-thirds of the way through the cigar, you will notice that this cigar loses a bit of it’s flavour, but that is to be expected when smoking a cigar down to that point. The ash maintains a light grey, but does not have as much integrity as you would expect, and this lead to me ashing it more then I would have liked to; not a major take away from this excellent cigar, but it is a minor annoyance. The cigar has a relatively normal burning time for a cigar of this size, and both Dunhill’s I was sent lasted me approximately thirty to forty minutes. The cigar is medium to full bodied, and this may intimidate less veteran smokers, but for those who enjoy a quality full bodied experience, then this cigar is definitely worth giving a try.
The Dunhill Signed Range Corona is an excellent addition to any smokers humidor. The only negatives I can really surmise are minor ones that overall do not take away from the excellent build and taste of this cigar. If you are not interested in medium to full bodied cigars, and thick draws of smoke are something that you cannot handle in a cigar, then you may be turned off by the Dunhill Signed Range Corona. However, If you are looking for a full bodied experience that does not overwhelm with its flavour or tobacco, then the Dunhill Signed Range Corona is for you. Based on this cigar alone, I am interested to see what else Dunhill has to offer; maybe I’ll take a trip down to that gentleman’s cigar shop and ask him… Aha.
Check out Cigars City if you are interested in buying this excellent cigar.