Brand: Diesel Country: Nicaragua
Size: Salomon 7.1 x 58 Wrapper: Pennsylvania Broadleaf Maduro
The Label Factor:
In terms of overall visual appeal, this cigar is one of my favorites. I LOVE the size and the Salomon shape. On top of that, the Diesel labels have an interesting leathery look to them that I find to be quite appealing against the dark brown PA Broadleaf Maduro wrapper. It looks like a tobacco-y work of art. The Unholy Cocktail Salomon also gets bonus points for looking like a cartoon cigar. 10 Points to House Diesel-dor!
What We Liked:
Sometimes, beauty is only skin deep. That’s not the case here — the Unholy Cocktail is beautiful to its leafy core. By that, I mean it’s more than a pretty face. It’s also delicious. I’ve never tried chewing tobacco, but the pre-light draw on this cigar tastes like what I imagine chewing tobacco tastes like. I know that’s not very helpful as no one reading this review knows what I imagine chewing tobacco to taste like. Think of tobacco and molasses. That’s what it tastes like.
Once lit, the DUC had a rich, deep earthy flavor with wood highlights. Basically, it tasted like smoking a forest. Wood and earth. This doesn’t really sound all that great when put to words but trust me; I mean that in the most pleasant way possible. No harshness to be found here and only a light black peppery spice to make the forest a little more…peppery.
In addition to the deep, round flavor profile, there was quite a bit of strength. I’d say this is medium- to full-bodied and nearly full in strength.
What We Didn’t Like:
Where’s the smoke? It’s frustrating when you light up a gorgeous, giant cigar and get basically no smoke out of it. This is one cigar that is hard to blow smoke rings with. The draw was good enough, so it was surprising to find sub-optimal smoke output from a cigar of this size. Call me crazy, but 40% of the reason I enjoy cigars is because I like blowing smoke out of my mouth.
Aside from the smoke output, there were a few soft spots on this cigar that I attributed to the unusual shape. It didn’t seem to cause any burn issues, but figured that it would be worth noting.
Should You Try/Buy It:
Yes. 100% yes. The problem is, you have to find it. Well, not so much a problem if you have internet and are okay shopping at Cigars International. Regular vitolas can be found for just a few bucks, which seems like a great value. This particular size came from their Salomon Sampler that I wholeheartedly recommend.