Diamond Crown

Diamond Crown Julius Caeser Toro

Diamond Crown Julius Caeser Toro. A cigar created to honor and commemorate Julius Caeser Newman. The Eastern European immigrant that started J.C. Newman Cigar Company in 1895. The company is still going strong, with the fourth and fifth-generation now in charge. It’s the oldest, still existing cigar brand in the United States. J.C. Newman makes cigars in Tampa, Florida, and Esteli, Nicaragua. The Dominican cigars from J.C. Newman, including those Diamond Crown Julius Caeser are made at Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia. Fuente and Newman have a long-lasting relationship. Not only a working relationship when it comes to cigar production. The companies also work together for distribution and charity. The Cigar Family Charity Foundation is the brainchild of Carlito Fuente and the brothers’ Eric & Bobby Newman.

In 2010, the Newman family released this line. With Dominican filler and binder, wrapped in an Ecuadorian Havana wrapper. There are several sizes available, but the sampler that Bobby Newman gave Ministry of Cigars contained this 6×52 Diamond Crown Julius Caeser Toro. If you think that Julius Caeser is written wrongly, you are right and wrong. When the young Newman came to the USA as an immigrant, immigration officers wrote his name incorrectly. Newman never corrected it, and he was known as Julius Caeser for the rest of his life. And for decades after, due to the family heritage and the cigar line carrying his name.

The cigar has an oily, Colorado Maduro colored wrapper. There are some veins. It’s clearly a sun-grown wrapper. Not just the color gives it away, but also the texture and the veins. The ring is Roman Empire inspired with columns and an image of an emperor with a golden wreath. Now it’s the question, is the emperor on the ring Julius Caesar or an image of Julius Caeser Newman, the founder of the J.C. Newman Cigar Company? The cigar feels well constructed. The aroma is strong, vegetal, and earthy.

The cold draw is spicy, peppery, and full of flavor. After lighting, there is a salty, earthy coffee flavor. The same flavors show up in the retrohale as well, but with a little cedar as a bonus. There is a little spice, which comes close to paprika. Very unique and something we never tasted in a cigar before. Slowly the cigar moves to nutty tones, with ground black pepper, leather, and earthy flavors. The earthy flavors are starting to dominate the palate, with pepper as its main accomplice. But the pepper isn’t overpowering, it’s balanced. But after a few puffs, the flavors change to wood. There is a lot of dynamics in the first part of the cigar. The cigar mellows out after that, not in flavor strength, but in dynamics. The wood flavor is the main flavor, with pepper, spices, earthiness, and leather as supporting flavors. After the first third, some dried grass shows up as well. Later on, there is also some citrus and sweetness to go with the previously mentioned flavors. As well as very faint milk chocolate. Cedar gets more pronounced in the retrohale. At the beginning of the final third, the flavors change to leather with pepper, spice, and still that earthiness. The finale sees a lot of pepper.

The draw and the burn are both great. The right amount of resistance, and a very straight burn. The smoke is decent, it could have been a bit thicker though. The salt and pepper colored ash is firm. The cigar is balanced. It’s a medium to full-bodied cigar, full-flavored. Bold almost. The smoke time is three hours exactly.

Would I buy this cigar again? I like it a lot but it’s too expensive for a regular smoke.

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Diamond Crown Black Diamond Radiant

J.C. Newman and Arturo Fuente have been working together for decades. And all of Newman’s Dominican cigars are made at the Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cya factory. Including this Diamond Crown Black Diamond Radiant. It is a short robusto extra, where the short stands for the 4 ½ inch length, and the extra is in the 54 ring.

This cigar was given to me by a friend, who imports the brand in Malaysia. He said he wanted my opinion on the cigar before he pulled the trigger on bringing the blend in. That’s a lot of pressure, but I am up for the task. So here I go, smoking this cigar with Dominican filler and binder. The wrapper is a Havana seed wrapper from Connecticut. Broadleaf!

The wrapper is dark, smooth and oily. The big ring has a lot of silver which contrasts the darkness of the wrapper. The ring is bright, big and of good quality. The cigar feels good, the right bounce when I gently squeeze the cigar. And the aroma is good too, medium strong, barnyard and wood.

The cold draw is great. I taste an unsuspected gingerbread and pepper flavor in the cold draw. After lighting, I taste strong earthy and coffee flavors. But there is also gingerbread in the flavor and minty freshness. And I like that gingerbread flavor. The cigar is well balanced. The flavors go remain in the coffee, gingerbread, pepper, leather and soil profile, with sometimes some grass, sometimes some vanilla. All with a creamy mouthfeel, After a third, I taste high-quality dark chocolate in the cigar as well. Halfway the pepper gets stronger, with some leaves, chocolate, and spices.

The draw is good. There is a lot of smoke and the salt and pepper colored ash is firm. The burn is good too. This cigar is medium-full bodied, medium-full flavored. The smoke time is two hours and five minutes

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Would I buy this cigar again? Due to the price, it will be once in a blue moon. But I do like it, a lot.

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Diamond Crown Maximus #4

Diamond Crown maximus is a brand made by Fuente for JC Newman. The filler is the same as the Opus X, I don’t know if the binder is the same but the wrapper is an Ecuadorian wrapper instead of a Dominican wrapper like the Opus X. The #4 that a friend gave me is a 6×50 toro.
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The band is detailed. The sun grown wrapper is quite dark with a lot of small and a few thick veins. I smell cacao powder with some wood. The construction feels good. The predraw is a bit tight and I taste raisin with a syrup like sweetness.
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I taste coffee, mild bitter and mild sweet. After half an inch I taste a soft wood flavor with quite some sweetness. After an inch I taste caramel with a bit of herbs and a tiny bit of chocolate. After a third I taste caramel with herbs. The chocolate has disappeared.
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The smoke time of this six inch cigar is an hour and thirty five minutes. I got a medium smoke. The draw was great, the burn was good. The light gray ash looks pretty and is firm. This cigar is medium flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I preferred the robusto

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Diamond Crown Maximus #5

The Diamond Crown Maximus is a Fuente made cigar for JC Newman. The cigars were introduced in 2003 and come in five sizes. I smoked the 5×50 robusto, called Diamond Crown Maximus #5. All cigars have a 50 rg though. The cigar is made from Opux X binder and filler with an Ecuadorian wrapper grown by the Oliva Tobacco group on their El Bajo farm. The cigars aren’t available in The Netherlands, I bought this cigar while I was in Florida. I paid $10.29 for it.
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The band is pretty but very detailed and busy. The chocolate brown wrapper is shiny and oily and I see a few thin veins. The construction feels good. I smell some straw with barnyard. The predraw is fine, I taste some mild tobacco.
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I taste sweet coffee with some wood, the flavors are mild musty but pleasant. The coffee disappears and after half an inch taste sweet wood, quite dry, but smooth and subtle.
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The flavors continue to be smooth, subtle and complex. The sweetness I taste is a combination of honey and caramel with some wood. After two thirds I taste wood and some herbs. Wood is the main flavor and the caramel honey flavor loses some of its strength. The cigar slowly gets a bit spicy.
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This cigar lasted me little over an hour. The draw was great, just like the burn. I got a lot of smoke. The light colored ash is firm. This cigar is medium flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I wouldn’t mind if these became available on the Dutch market.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Diamond Crown Maximus #10

Ever since these Diamond Crown Maximus cigars hit the market in 2003, they are a big hit. Made by Fuente for J.C. Newman in the Dominican Republic with a El Bajo sun grown wrapper. I reviewed some Diamond Crowns Maximus before but I never had this 6.7×54 double belicoso before, it is the only Diamond Crown Maximus with a ring gauge other than 50. I bought this in Orlando for 18 dollar
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The wrapper is chocolate colored with a few big veins and it looks wrinkled. I smell a strong chocolate and barnyard smell. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine, I taste tobacco with a hint of raisin.
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I taste sweet coffee with some soil and cedar. After half an inch the coffee disappears and I taste sweet wood instead. After a third the cigar gets a bit spicy and I also taste some herbs.
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Halfway I taste herbs with honey and wood. The flavors are smooth and subtle. Near two thirds the wood flavor gets stronger. Near the end I also taste some pepper.
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The smoke time of this cigar is an hour and forty minutes. The draw is great and I got a decent amount of medium thick smoke. The ash is almost white, compact and firm. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored and has a nice burn.
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Would I buy this cigar again? For 18 dollar I expect more than what I got from this cigar.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Diamond Crown maximus 2

This Diamond Crown maximus 2 I got from a friend who brought it with him from the States, as Diamond Crown isn’t for sale in The Netherlands. The aroma is deep and heavy while the cigar looks good with its oily wrapper. And the band, damn, it can compete with the Opus X band, colorful with loads of details. This may be one of the better looking cigars I’ve ever seen. The predraw is light and releases some sweetness.
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The cigar stars off with leather and soon some citrus which progresses to a wood flavor approximately an inch from the top. Halfway I can taste coffee and later on some chocolate.
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The smoke is quite thick, the ash white and firm. The draw is fine, and I had no problems with the burn.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes.
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Appearance: 9 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 6 / 10
Aroma first part: 9 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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