Diesel has announced the fifth cigar in their Sunday Gravy series as Grappa, showcasing a fiery blend that was inspired by Italian grappa.
It’s a widely held belief that Italians wrote the book on eating and drinking. Food, libations and socializing are part of the culture and meals can stretch on for hours. Not for the faint of heart is grappa, an Italian-made digestivo made from the distillate of grape seeds, stalks and stems. The distilled spirit is enjoyed as a palate-cleansing firewater. And when the grappa comes out, things get interesting.
Senior Brand Manager, Justin Andrews, worked with A.J. Fernández and his factory in Estelí, Nicaragua on the blend, which is “meant to be smoked with good friends during spirited discussions.” The cigar incorporates an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and Honduran fillers. While the concept plays on the notoriously high-proof style of Italian grappa (ranging up to 120 proof), the cigar itself doesn’t go quite so far, being listed as medium-plus in intensity.
Diesel Sunday Gravy Grappa was rolled in a singular 5” x 56 robusto gordo format, retailing for $4.99 SRP when the cigars ship this July. As with former releases in the series, the cigars are limited, though specific numbers have not been divulged.
Diesel first unveiled the Sunday Gravy concept last July with the Sunday Gravy San Marzano. The concept was inspired by Justin Andrews’ Italian heritage, drawing on the similarities of home cooking and premium cigars and their ability to draw people together. The series has since included the Pecorino, Rosamarino, and Gabagool, with the sixth and final release set for this October.