The most full-bodied Diesel ever made has begun shipping to retailers this week. Dubbed Diesel Delirium, the bold, limited-edition smoke is made for General Cigar Co. by A.J. Fernandez in Nicaragua and is positioned as a follow-up to last year’s Diesel Hair of the Dog.
This amped up version draws its power from a strong blend of Nicaraguan filler (some of which is from the volcanic island of Ometepe), a Connecticut broadleaf binder and an Ecuador Sumatra wrapper.
Although Delirium was originally released in 2014 as an exclusive for online retailer Cigars International, this new release is a more powerful cigar. It comes in only one size—a Toro measuring 6 inches by 52 ring gauge—and has a suggested retail price of $10 each. They come packaged in 10-count boxes. Only 5,000 boxes were produced.
For a droll touch, the box’s interior artwork was designed to be reminiscent of the labels found on 19th-century medicine bottles and lists a series of ailments and symptoms of delirium.
The Diesel brand started primarily as a catalog brand sold through internet giant Cigars International until 2017 when General released Diesel Grind just for tobacconists. Diesel Whiskey Row followed in 2018 as a collaboration with Kentucky Rabbit Hole Bourbon, leading to subsequent releases such as Diesel Hair of the Dog and Diesel Whisky Row Sherry Cask.