Blind Cigar Review: Diesel | 10th Anniversary d.10th d.5552Cigar Info

The brand first came into the cigar market in 2009. The brand was originally a Cigars International exclusive blended by AJ Fernandez. Since then, the brand was aquired by General Cigar, but is still made by AJ Fernandez. This new cigar | 10th Anniversary d.10th is meant to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the company.

This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed.

The blend uses an Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper and comes in four vitolas: d.4552 () (4.5″x52), d.5552 (Robusto) (5.5″x52), Churchill (7.0″x48), and d.654T (Torpedo) (6.0″x54).

Blind Cigar Review: Diesel | 10th Anniversary d.10th d.5552Vital Stats:

Vitola: Robusto
Length: 5 1/2″
Ring Gauge: 52
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano Oscuro
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Factory: Tabacalera AJ Fernandez 
Blender: AJ Fernandez
Number of reviewers: 4 John A. (Bostoneo) Alan (Eulogy) Jeff (ExpendableYouth) Ryan H. (Ryan H.)
Price: $9.00
Age: 4 Months
Release Date: 2019
Contributed by: Blind Man’s Puff

Blind Cigar Review: Diesel | 10th Anniversary d.10th d.5552Initial Impressions

Appearance: 93

“The wrapper is sightly oily to the touch and glistens in the sunlight. It’s not quite a dark chocolate because of how much red is in the wrapper so it sort of reminds me of a super dark cherry wood. The seams are almost invisible, the roll is a perfect circle, and there is a well applied double cap. ” –Alan (Eulogy)

Blind Cigar Review: Diesel | 10th Anniversary d.10th d.5552Aroma: 94

“The aroma has character all it’s own. It smells just delicious and the notes that I can single out are smokey leather with a little spice just from smelling it.  Also some must is also present. The foot has a smokey note that is also smelled on the wrapper.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

First Third

Blind Cigar Review: Diesel | D.10th Robusto

Blind Cigar Review: Diesel | D.10th Robusto

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Flavor: 93
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium-Full

“I’m getting a lot of baking chocolate on the draw. It’s followed by a baking spice, black coffee, mild leather, and a cream finish. The smoke output is phenomenal but it is burning a little faster than I’m use to. ” –Alan (Eulogy)

“The draw is a little tight at the beginning but I’m getting notes of cream and dry leather right off the bat. A slight mineral note begins to develop and I’m getting a bit of sweetness here and there. The retrohale is where the magic is right now with heavy cream and baking spice. ” –Jeff (ExpendableYouth)

Second Third

Flavor: 91
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium-Full

Blind Cigar Review: Diesel | D.10th Robusto

Blind Cigar Review: Diesel | D.10th Robusto

“Smokey bread is the entirety of the cigar. Half way through The second third leaves way for some dried fruit, not very defined but present non the less. Bakers chocolate arrives as the second third ends.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

“Burning along quite happily, the second third retains its beautiful medium full flavor profile. Soft wood notes are paired with light notes of vanilla, nougat, and pleasant espresso bitterness. ” –John A. (Bostoneo)

Final Third

Flavor: 92
Strength: Medium-Strong
Body/Complexity: Medium-Full

Blind Cigar Review: Diesel | D.10th Robusto

Blind Cigar Review: Diesel | D.10th Robusto

“All the flavors at the end come together perfectly. Notes of unsweetened chocolate, black coffee, stone fruit, leather, cedar, baking spice, a mild level of pepper, and an addition of cereal really add a wonderful depth of flavors. ” –Alan (Eulogy)

“The last third brings the sweetness up little by little. Hard to identify the sweetness could be cherries would be a add on to the dried fruit note.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

Overall Impressions

Draw: 88

“Always stayed just a little too tight for me. The smoke production was solid though. ” –Jeff (ExpendableYouth)

Blind Cigar Review: Diesel | 10th Anniversary d.10th d.5552Burn: 95

“No corrections were needed, which to me was odd usually when I have a draw problem it is usually matched by at least one correction” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

Blind Cigar Review: Diesel | 10th Anniversary d.10th d.5552Construction: 93

“Just looked like a high quality cigar. The cigar was hard as a rock before it was lit but there were a few spongy spots while I was smoking.” –Alan (Eulogy)

Overall Strength: Medium
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium-Full
Experience Overall: 91

“This cigar started of amazing, however it began to be unable to continue that trend and started loosing points on the later half. The draw was a bit tight which may of contributed to its short comings later on, flavors becoming muddled and indistinguishable… however a better rolled sampler would of probably scored off the charts. I really would love to try another one. ” –John A. (Bostoneo)

“The flavors were great, construction near perfect, and if you’re a fan of rich chewy smoke then this is a cigar for you. My only complaint is that it smokes really fast for it’s size but everything that it does right far outweighs that aspect. ” –Alan (Eulogy)

“The highlight was the traditions of flavors throughout. It felt like smoking a different cigar each third. The creeping strength got a little overpowering at the end but overall was good but not amazing smoke. ” –Jeff (ExpendableYouth)

“The cigar was very enjoyable, however I felt that the transitions where misplaced though each third had it’s own characteristics and seemed to just drop off.  I was hoping for them to meet together and just knock my socks off but it just didn’t happen” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)


Smoking Time (in minutes): 77

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Blind Cigar Review: Diesel | D.10th Robusto

Overall Score – 92 – Very Good

  • Appearance 93% 93%
  • Aroma 94% 94%
  • First Third 93% 93%
  • Second Third 91% 91%
  • Final Third 92% 92%
  • Draw 88% 88%
  • Burn 95% 95%
  • Construction 93% 93%
  • Overall Experience 91% 91%