Posts Tagged With: J.C. Newman

Cigar of the month June

In June I published 16 reviews and this is the the list, ranking from best to worst.

The cigar with the highest rating last month is:

Jas Sum Kral Red Knight Soloman with a 95 score

Now as for the complete list of cigars I published:

1) Jas Sum Kral Red Knight Soloman (Nicaragua) 95 points
2) Xiphos NR Habano Robusto (Nicaragua) 94 points
3) Reserva Miraflor Corona (Nicaragua) 92 points
4) Don Payo El Baron Toro (Nicaragua) 92 points
5) Don Lino 1898 Robusto (unknown) 92 points
6) MUWAT Baitfish Gary (Nicaragua) 92 points
7) Cornelius & Anthony Meridian Robusto (Nicaragua) 92 points
8) Viking Viking Churchill (Dominican Republic) 91 points
9) Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970 Lancero (Nicaragua) 91 points
10) Herrera Esteli Corona Gorda (Nicaragua) 90 points
11) El Baton Toro (Nicaragua) 90 points
12) Desconocido Robusto (Nicaragua) 90 points
13) H. Upmann Magnum 54 (Cuba) 89 points
14) Quesada Reserva Privada Toro (Dominican Republic) 89 points
15) Casa de Alegria Criollo Corona (Nicaragua) 87 points
16) Gomez Sanchez Leyenda Figurado (Nicaragua) 85 points

 

 

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Cigar of the month May

In may I published 19 reviews and this is the the list, ranking from best to worst.

The cigar with the highest rating last month is:

Jas Sum Kral Red Knight Lonsdale with a 96 score

Now as for the complete list of cigars I published:

1) Jas Sum Kral Red Knight Lonsdale (Nicaragua) 96 points
2) Goviado Lancero (Nicaragua) 93 points
3) Jas Sum Kral Zlatno Sonce Soloman (Nicaragua) 92 points
4) Viaje Platino Lancero (Honduras) 92 points
5) Goviado Torpedo (Nicaragua) 92 points
6) La Flor Dominicana Andalusian Bull (Dominican Republic) 91 points
7) Eiroa the first 20 years Prensado (Honduras) 91 points
8) Alec Bradley Post Embargo Robusto (Honduras) 91 points
9) Mayimbe Robusto (Nicaragua) 91 points
10) La Sirena Merloin Robusto (Dominican Republic) 90 points
11) Aging Room Solera Fantastico (Dominican Republic) 89 points
12) Brick House Connecticut Toro (Nicaragua) 89 points
13) C.A.O. Pilon Robusto (Nicaragua) 89 points
14) La Gloria Cuban Duke (Cuba) 87 points
15) Don Ibarra Natural Belicoso (Dominican Republic) 86 points
16) Don Ibarra Natural Robusto (Dominican Republic) 86 points
17) Undercrown Shade Gordito (Nicaragua) 86 points
18) Don Ibarra Natural Gordo(Dominican Republic) 85 points
19) Gurkha 125h anniversary Rothschild (Dominican Republic) 79 points

 

 

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Brick House Connecticut Toro

Brick House is a brand with a lot of history and named after the brick house that was the Newman family home back in Hungary, the only brick house in the village. Originally it was a Cuban puro and the brand was discontinued when the embargo hit but since a few years its back as a Nicaraguan cigar, and with such a success that it had offspring, including this Connecticut line.


Again, just like the Perla del Mar Maduro, the Newman website doesn’t even mention this cigar, not even on the dedicated Brick House website except for a banner which says “introducing the Connecticut” but then nothing. I found out that it’s a Nicaraguan made cigar, with Nicaraguan filler and binder and a Connecticut wrapper. Judging from the MSRP, which is around 6 dollar, this won’t be an American grown Connecticut Shade wrapper, but where it’s from I don’t know.


The wrapper is yellowish, pale, combine with my prejudice on Connecticut Shade wrappers and you can guess that I would not grab this cigar in a shop myself. I was given this cigar with the question to tell the gracious giver what my thoughts are. The simple yellow, black, gold and red ring I like, classy, well printed and I also like the American flag style foot ring with the stars and stripes, although there are only 5 stars and 5 stripes but that might be a reference to the history of Connecticut that i’m not aware of. If that’s the case, please comment and share your knowledge. The construction feels good, the shape of the cigar is nice and so is the triple cap. The aroma is surprisingly full and strong, its fermenting grass what I think of when I smell the cigar.


I punched the cigar. The cold draw is fine, it’s sweet yet peppery. After lighting I taste a very mild coffee, smooth yet a little salty. After half an inch just a little bit of sweetness and some mild herbs. After a third a very mild chocolate shows up too. I don’t taste any Connecticut Shade mustiness though which is a plus. Halfway I taste a little more salt. The chocolate is gone, it’s just a mild salt with some sweetness. The flavors don’t change after that, except that the cigar gets spicy and peppery.


The draw is great, the smoke is great. It’s white, thick and plentiful. The light ash is dense and firm. This is a mild cigar, smooth but mild. It lacks some evolution. The smoke time is almost two hours.

Would I buy this cigar again? It’s too mild for me but if you’re into mild cigars this is a good choice.

Score: 89
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Perla del Mar Maduro Toro

I got this 6 1/4×54 Toro named G from a Davidoff sales rep, since Davidoff distributes J.C. Newman cigars here in The Netherlands but except for the fact that it’s a Newman brand I knew nothing about the cigar so I went to the Newman website where no information on this cigar is to be found. Then I went to the dedicated Perla del Mar website and again, no information at all. It’s time for Newman to update their web appearance, their websites but also their social media.

 


The websites of the large online retailers gave me enough information though. This cigar is made in Esteli, at the Pensa factory owned by J.C. Newman and it’s the follow up on the Perla del Mar Connecticut Shade cigar that’s been available for a while. The brand is an old Cuban brand and refers to “the pearl of the ocean” which was once Cuba’s nickname. The filler and binder are Nicaraguan wrapped in a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper and the cigar has a pretty good price point of less than 7 dollar.

 


When I remove the cellophane I see a beautiful, box pressed, dark cigar that reminds me of a candy bar. Dark chocolate color, slightly dull with a beautiful ring, blue gold and white with an image of an old ship and golden letters on a blue banner. The secondary ring is in the same style and coloring. The cigar feels a little squishy and under packed but the shape is great and the triple cap is very nice. The aroma is strong and a mildly acidic hay and straw smell with some pepper.

 


I punched the cigar for a change. The cold draw is good and peppery. After lighting I taste spicy and peppery coffee. After half an inch I taste some dark chocolate with cedar with some green herbs. After a third I taste the same but now with a mild salt and a growing pepper. Halfway I taste a mild cedar with cocoa and a lot of pepper.

 


The draw is great. The light gray ash is dense, firm and has nice rings. The smoke is white, full and thick. The burn is straight as can be. The cigar lacks a little evolution. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored. The smoke time is an hour and forty five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? I would not mind smoking them more often.

Score: 91
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El Baton Double Torpedo

So, as you probably know, I used to be a cigar sales rep but i no longer do that kind of work. I still have my contacts though and one of them, a sales rep for Davidoff, reached out to me recently. Davidoff also sells J.C. Newman cigars here and he visited them in Tampa, brought some cigars and asked me if I was willing to write a review. It won’t surprise you much that I said yes, so he came by and dropped of four cigars, of which this is the first one.


El Baton is an old brand, it was founded in 1914, made out of Cuban tobacco with a price tag of a nickel. Then the brand disappeared but it returned to the market in 2010 as a Nicaraguan puro made by J.C. Newman in their Puros de Esteli Nicaragua SA aka Pensa, factory in Esteli.


When I take the 6 1/4×56 cigar out of the cellophane, something that J.C. Newman introduced and is now an industry standard, I notice how dark the Nicaraguan Corojo wrapper is, it’s almost maduro and darker than the Double Toro which I will review later this year. The wrapper looks oily too and a few thin veins run over the upper part like scars on the face of a classic movie thug. The simple ring is classy, different shades of blue with silver colored lettering, just saying El Baton, on a high quality print. The construction feels good. Add a strong and dark stable aroma and I’m actually quite looking forward to light the cigar.


I cut the cigar. The cold draw is easy and spicy. After lighting it’s clear coffee, earthy and strong, with a little spice, yet balanced. Soon after I taste coffee with cocoa and pepper. After an inch I taste some nuts too. After a third I taste salty peanuts with licorice and spices. Near the end I taste salt, pepper and a hint of flowers.


The draw is a little loose and at the start I had an uneven burn, after correcting the burn is good. The smoke is very thick, full and white. The firm ash is gray. This cigar is medium full bodied and medium flavored. The smoke time is an hour and a half

Would I buy this cigar again? I think I’d like it better in a smaller ring.

Score: 90

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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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Brick House robusto

Newman’s latest big release, the Brick House, is a huge sales hit but I wasn’t impressed by the Churchillthat I smoked. As I don’t write off brands or blends by just one cigar, I decided to give this 5×54 robusto a try. The cigar is made from Nicaraguan binder and filler with a Habano subido wrapper.
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The Habano subido wrapper is quite dark but dull and has lots of veins. The band is nice and the cigar has a wood smell. The construction is a bit hard. The predraw is fine and I taste tobacco.
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I taste coffee and an earthy flavor, which turns into burned earth quite soon. After an inch I taste a musty wood with a tiny bit of chocolate.
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Halfway the musty flavor disappears, but I still taste the wood and the tiny bit of chocolate. Near the end, after about three quarters, I also taste some dry nuts.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and a half. The draw was good, just like the burn. I got a decent amount of medium thick smoke. The as is white and firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Nah, don’t think so

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Brick House churchill

” She’s a brick house, mighty might just lettin’ it all hang out. She’s a brick house. The lady’s stacked and that’s a fact, ain’t holding nothing back.” That’s how one of my favorite funk tunes ever starts, but it is also a cigar brand with lots of history. JC Newman started the JC Newman cigar company in 1895 and one of his earliest brands was “Brick House” which was a tribute to his childhood house, the only brick house in the village. The original Brick House cigars were Cuban puros but the new Brick House, recreated by JC Newman’s grandsons Eric and Bobby is a non Cuban with Nicaraguan filler and binder and a Havana Subido wrapper.
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The cigar, a 7¼x50 churchill, looks awesome. The band is simple yet classic and stylish. The cigar is triple capped and has a nice and shiny, oily wrapper with a few minor veins. I smell a strong barnyard aroma. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine. I taste a full flavored raisin flavor with some pepper.
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I taste a spicy coffee flavor, mild bitter and right after that a huge dose of pepper. The pepper fades away soon after though and the cigar becomes flat in flavors.
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After an inch and a half I taste dry wood, all other flavors have gone. Soon after I can also taste some leather but the dry wood is the main flavor. After ⅔ the leather disappears and I still taste the dry wood but now with some earthy flavors. At the and I can also taste some herbs.
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This cigar lasted and lasted, it took me 2 hours and fifteen minutes to finish it. The smoke is quite thin, and the amount of smoke is a bit poor too. The draw is fine, just like the burn. The ash is light colored, firm and compact. This cigar is medium to full flavored, medium to full bodied and quite monotone.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, next time I want a brick house, I will grab “the best of the Commodores” and crank up the volume.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 6 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 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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