Diesel Delirium was originally released back in 2014 as an exclusive for Cigars International. Since General Cigar has taken an interest in spreading the Diesel brand beyond the catalog business, they have started released limited editions to the greater public starting with the Grind in 2017, and last year’s Hair of the Dog.
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.
Brand Manager Justin Andrews calls Delirium Diesel’s boldest blend to date and was limited to 5,000 boxes were made. Like all Diesel cigars this is blended by AJ Fernandez and rolled at Tabacalera AJ Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua S.A. in Esteli, Nicaragua. The blend uses an Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper, Connecticut Broadleaf binder, and Nicaraguan ligero and Ometepe. Diesel Delirium Limited Edition 2020 comes in one size, a Toro (6” x 52) that sells for $10.00. They re packaged in 10-count boxes with each box having two compartments with 5 cigars each.
Vitola: Toro Length: 6″ Ring Gauge: 52 Country of Origin: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf (USA) Filler: Nicaraguan ligero and Ometepe Factory: Tabacalera AJ Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua S.A. Blender: AJ Fernandez Number of reviewers: 5 – Mickey T.(irratebass) James H.(Keikan Jim) Doug S.(Unpossible_1) John A.(Bostoneo) Ryan H.(Ryan H.) Price: $10.00 Age: 4 Months Release Date: March 2020 Contributed by: General Cigar
“I look at this cigar and almost question it being real, and not one of those milk chocolate cigars you can get a confectionery store.” –Doug S. (Unpossible_1)
“On the cold draw, dark flavors of leather, baking spices, clove and cinnamon bubble gum provide a unique experience. On the nose, scents of leather, damp earth, and hazelnut are a complimentary profile.” –John A. (Bostoneo)
Flavor: 88 Strength: Medium Body/Complexity: Medium
“Upon lighting I got just the slightest hint of white pepper with a big blast of cedar and other woodsy notes. Not at all what I was expecting. The first retrohale was smooth but peppery at first and finished with a slight red pepper burn. As I got into the first third, the cedar took the front with an oak which followed into the very long finish. There is also a sweetness I can’t describe other than I like it. A lot! This would pair well with a sweet bourbon. ” –James H. (Keikan Jim)
“On the cold draw I pick up black licorice with some spice. Lots of black licorice with this one. Some coffee and wood to round it out. Not as much spice as I feared. Also picked up some unsweetened ice tea.” –Mickey T. (irratebass)
Flavor: 89 Strength: Medium-Strong Body/Complexity: Medium
“Moving into the second third, caramel sweetness, toffee, with the slightest hint of wood comes through. Chocolate begins to poke its head at times, fading like the wind and suddenly coming back at times. This third ends with a strong leathery component which overwhelms the aforementioned flavors.” –John A. (Bostoneo)
“As I entered into the second third the flavors remained fairly consistent with the first third with a bakers spice and a syrupy sweetness thrown into the mix. The flavor twists was a nice addition. An ugly split developed in the wrapper at this time causing a waiver in the burn which had been fairly sharp up to this point. At this point a touch up was needed. Even with the split, the ash continued to hold strong before tapping into the ashtray. ” –James H. (Keikan Jim)
Flavor: 88 Strength: Medium-Strong Body/Complexity: Medium
“I’m picking up a sourness here and there……thought it might be tar on the head, but I checked….nope. It’s not a a foul sourness….I don’t know I can’t really pinpoint it. ” –Mickey T. (irratebass)
“Leather is the name of the game starting out this third. Deep earthy, leathery, and spiced cider interestingly enough. Midway this cigar is really making my mouth dry out. Notes of dry cocoa, and sweet leather drip into the final portion of this cigar, making for a delightful ending to a fine smoking cigar.” –John A. (Bostoneo)
“At no time was I ever considering the cigar needed touched up.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)
“I feel this cigar had excellent construction with the only issue being a split in the wrapper in the second third. I’m sure this was an anomaly in the leaf itself and not due to the construction. ” –James H. (Keikan Jim)
Overall Strength: Medium-Strong Overall Body/Complexity: Medium Experience Overall: 89
“Overall this was a very good cigar. Some interesting flavors with the unsweetened tea, black licorice, coffee and wood…..so a good combo altogether. My only gripe was the sourness…..it was not a foul sour, but it did sneak up on you every now and then and made you aware something was going on….maybe they just threw that in there to keep you on your toes. Would definitely smoke again. ” –Mickey T. (irratebass)
“I really enjoyed this cigar. The woodsy notes along with slight shifts in the profile throughout the cigar made this an enjoyable smoking experience. ” –James H. (Keikan Jim)
“I’d like to say that I typically give cigars a second chance, but that’s really hard when you’re filled with disappointment like I am right now. What a bitter (literally) ending to the afternoon. ” –Doug S. (Unpossible_1)
“Well, there was a chunk missing from the foot and a good 2 inch long crack at the head of the cigar. Did this deter the cigar from smoking without any fiddling around with? Nope. This cigar was chock full of flavor and complexity that makes this one a medium to medium full bodied winner. Wouldn’t mind stocking up on a few of these to smoke in a weekly rotation. Check them out!” –John A. (Bostoneo)
“Even with all the good qualities in construction and burn and draw, profile was not something I enjoyed in the least. To such I can only describe too much of a good thing can be bad I enjoy wood profiles but not to the extent of licking bitter sap. Sorry fellas.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)
"This cigar was chock full of flavor and complexity that makes this one a medium to medium full bodied winner. Wouldn’t mind stocking up on a few of these to smoke in a weekly rotation. Check them out!" -John A. (Bostoneo)