Diesel Hair of the Dog Toro

Posted by Jack | in Diesel | on 11 Jul 2013 | at 1:07 PM | 2403 views

According to Wikipedia, " Hair of the dog" is a colloquial expression in the English language predominantly used to refer to alcohol that is consumed with the aim of lessening the effects of a hangover. The expression originally referred to a method of treatment of a rabid dog bite by placing hair from the dog in the bite wound.

My initial thought was Humphrey Bogart in The African Queen.  As Katherine Hepburn dumps his bottles of gin into the river he looks on in exasperation saying, " Oh, Miss. Oh, have pity, Miss. You don't know what you're doing Miss. I'll perish without a hair of the dog."   Seriously, if you haven't seen that movie, you must.

But the subject of this blog is cigars and today we have the Diesel Hair of the Dog.  One of the newest additions to the much lauded Diesel line from master cigar blender, A.J. Fernandez.  Let's get right to it....

Construction: The HotD is a nice looking cigar.  The wrapper is a smooth creamy brown with subtle veins, nice tooth, and a clear oily sheen.  The band is another variation on the Diesel standard with this one being a nice light gray and up near the head of the cigar instead of on the foot like the others.

Pre-light Aroma and Draw: Out of the cellophane the HotD gives off a creamy leathery spice that makes the mouth water.  The draw is perfect.  It's not wide open but not tight at all.

Light and Burn: Lighting is a breeze and the burn on all three of the cigars I smoked was 99% flawless from start to finish.

Tasting: Starting off, the HotD hits with a spicy cedar with some white pepper and leather.  As the first third begins the flavor profile gives off cinnamon, leather, cedar, and some cream.  I can easily say it fits with the Diesel lineup very well.  That leathery note is simply amazing.

The second third continues the leather and spice while the pepper drops off a little.  I am getting some honey and coffee flavors as well.  The overall spice is so well balanced with the flavors it's amazing. The flavors are creamy smooth with a slight bite and extremely full in body and strength.  It's a slow burner too.  The second third lasts for what seems like an eternity.  For a cigar so flavorful, I can't complain at all.

Well, the final third is finally here.  Black pepper appears in the leathery core now and the coffee notes punch through as well.  With the name of this cigar being what it is, I should also add that it doesn't taste like gin or dog hair or a sweaty rock band.  All good things in my book.

As I nub this beauty into the ashtray, I find myself saddened that this is my last one.  This could be a daily smoke but might be a bit strong as one to have with your breakfast.

Value: A box of these will run you just shy of $90 online.  That is about $4.50 a piece.  Totally worth it!

Final Thoughts:  If my initial reaction to the name of this cigar was from The African Queen, as I smoke one, I can say this cigar plays out like the classic rock tune by Nazareth (hence my sweaty rock band reference above).  The opening drums and cowbell would be the initial light and from there the guitars play out as the rest of the cigar.  It hits hard but not overpowering and it sticks with you....because, let's face it, if you hear that song you will hum it all day. 

I was trying to rank the Diesel cigars I have tried into a list of favorites and to be honest, I can't.  Each one is unique and excellent in its own right.  I suppose the real question is " would I buy a box of these?" and I answer myself with a resounding " yes" .  While I don't consider this to be a complex cigar in terms of an array of ever changing and mingling flavors, it is a perfectly blended and balanced stick that begs you to smoke more of them.  I highly recommend this cigar.

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Mexican San Andres
Filler: Nicaraguan

Strength: Full

Size: 6 x 50

Rating: 93/100


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