In their third collaboration, Diesel Cigars and Rabbit Hole recently announced they are set to introduce a cigar that brings together craftsmanship from two worlds.
The Diesel Whiskey Row Founder’s Collection Boxergrail is a cigar from two masters of their respective crafts: Cigar blender AJ Fernandez and whiskey maker Kaveh Zamanian.
This collection was developed by Justin Andrews, blended by Fernandez and handcrafted at Tabacalera AJ Fernandez in Estelí, Nicaragua. The cigar features a proprietary aging process developed by Fernandez.
The limited-edition blend is centered on a proprietary Nicaraguan Habano binder leaf selected for aging in toasted and charred #3 new American oak barrels that aged Rabbit Hole Founder’s Collection Boxergrail Rye Whiskey.
The makers describe the barrels’ effect on the cigar as imparting nuances of caramel, black pepper, vanilla and a hint of citrus on the binder leaves. When blended with spicy Nicaraguan Habano filler tobacco and crowned with a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, the Maduro cigar delivers a full sensory experience.
Justin Andrews said that with this collection, they set out to take their partnership with Rabbit Hole to a deeper level. “Aging tobacco in rye barrels is completely unique in the handmade cigar space and I believe that we have created a cigar that will stand apart in a crowded marketplace.”
He said that the three makers all agreed that this blend is “one of the most versatile and provocative cigars we’ve ever smoked, and we believe it’s because we were guided by a mutual commitment to innovation. By giving the binder leaf its own personality and introducing the complexity of rye whiskey, we’ve created what we believe to be the ultimate cigar, one that pairs beautifully yet also makes a statement on its own.”
Kaveh Zamanian, founder and whiskey maker of Rabbit Hole, said that as a longtime cigar smoker, he believes that pairing cigars with whiskey is an art. It’s for that reason, he said, that he selected Boxergrail Founder’s Collection Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey casks for this collaboration.
“I knew that these exceptional barrels would lend intriguing notes to the tobacco and would elevate the smoking experience,” Zamanian added.
Diesel Whiskey Row Founder’s Collection comes in a singular frontmark called Boxergrail. The toro (6” x 52) is presented in boxes that mirror the packaging of Rabbit Hole Boxergrail Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey. The cigars will sell for $15.79 each, or $157.90 for a 10-count box and they’re available now for shipping.