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Barber Poles in a Barrel: Limited Edition Diesel Whiskey Row Ships to Shops

Nov 3, 2020 | By Thomas Pappalardo
Barber Poles in a Barrel: Limited Edition Diesel Whiskey Row Ships to Shops
Photo/General Cigar Co.

Diesel Whiskey Row Sherry Cask is now available in a plump new size with a two-toned wrapper—and it comes in a barrel. The limited-edition Gordo measures 5 inches by 56 ring gauge, and is rolled with two contrasting wrappers—one dark Connecticut broadleaf and the other a lighter Connecticut shade—to create a barber pole effect. In keeping with the whiskey theme, they’re packaged in miniature barrels that resemble casks of Sherry.

The line is made for General Cigar Co. by A.J. Fernandez in Nicaragua and gets its name from the Brazilian Arapiraca binder, a tobacco that’s said to be aged in Rabbit Hole whiskey barrels that once contained Pedro Ximénez Sherry from Spain. The filler is Nicaraguan.

Each barrel contains ten cigars and retails for $124.99. The lid doubles as an ashtray, but you’ll have to buy the entire package, as the new Gordos are not available for individual purchase. Only 1,000 barrels were produced.

Although the wrapper is different, the limited Gordo is the fourth size in the Diesel Whiskey Row Sherry Cask line, a brand of smokes that tends to rate well in Cigar Aficionado and Cigar Insider blind tastings.

Diesel Whiskey Row Sherry Cask is an offshoot of an offshoot brand. When Diesel Whiskey Row came out in 2018, it was a spinoff of the Diesel line, which started out as a catalog brand. Sherry Cask spun off Whiskey Row last year.

Nicaragua General Cigar Co.

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