A new Diesel cigar brand is set to launch in cigar shops this summer, and it sports some tobaccos that were aged in Bourbon barrels.
Called Diesel Whiskey Row, the blend uses an Ecuadoran Habano wrapper and a filler blend of Nicaraguan tobaccos from Ometepe, Condega and Jalapa. The Mexican San Andrés binder leaf, though, has been aged in barrels that were once used to age Kentucky-based Rabbit Hole Bourbon.
According to General Cigar, two years ago Rabbit Hole sent some spent Bourbon barrels to Nicaraguan cigarmaker A.J. Fernandez’s Tabacalera A.J. Fernandez factory. There, Fernandez placed the San Andrés binder leaves inside the Bourbon barrels, where they were carefully monitored as they aged before being rolled.
Diesel Whiskey Row will launch in June in four sizes, each housed in 25-count boxes: Robusto, measuring 5 1/2 inches by 52 ring gauge; Toro, 6 by 54; Churchill, 7 by 49; and Gigante, 6 by 60. The line is expected to retail from $7.49 to $8.99.