Posts Tagged With: JC Newman

El Baton Double Toro

A few months ago I was gifted four cigars made by J.C. Newman and it made me look into that company a bit more. Those cigars were the El Baton Double torpedo, Perla del Mar Maduro G, the Brick House Connecticut Toro and this one. There was a reason I was never really interested in that company and never even had visited them on my trips to Tampa and that was loyalty. My previous employer distributed J.C. Newman for a while in the past, sold more than they expected and instead of being happy and working with my employer J.C. Newman came up with crazy new demands, stopped the line of credit and it eventually ended up in a law suit that Newman lost yet the relationship was killed. Sales never bounced back up either, not with STG nor with Davidoff who have distributed them since.


While looking into Newman I learned that they have a huge history, in Tampa with their factory and a private cigar museum, close ties with the Fuente family and that they are the first people to pack cigars in cellophane which is now an industry standard expect for Cuba. I also learned that they started a factory in Nicaragua in 2010, where I was under the impression they had cigars made for them like many others. The company actually started in 1895 in Ohio with a home made table and $50 worth of tobacco. It took 60 years and two world wars before the company settled in Tampa, where it still remains.


Just like Oliva, J.C. Newman calls this 6×60 a double toro, while I would call it a gordo. It’s a vitola that I don’t like, never have and probably never will but I will try new cigars in that size anyway when asked. The ring is the same as on the previous El Baton review, but its the same blend so there’s no surprise. The wrapper is a bit lighter in color, yet its still quite dark with a few veins. Construction wise there’s nothing wrong, the cigar feels good, looks good, cap is good, just a well made cigar. The aroma is of dark wood and stable, like being inside an old wooden barn.


I used my cutter for this big ring cigar, mainly because I couldn’t find my punch. The cold draw is fine, I taste a mild gingerbread with pepper. I taste gingerbread, coffee and sugar after lighting. After half an inch I taste nutmeg, spices, wood and pepper. After I drank some water I taste a lot of salt. After a third I taste salt, wood and pepper. Halfway the pepper is getting stronger and stronger. Then all of a sudden the pepper almost disappears and I’m left with salty wood. In the final third the pepper returns again.


The draw is fantastic. The smoke is medium full, it’s light gray. The light gray ash is dense and firm. The burn is good. This cigar is full flavored and bodied. The cigar has a good evolution. The smoke time is 2 hours.

Would I buy this cigar again? It’s a great cigar, just a little too thick for me.

Score: 90
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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.
080417diamondcrownmaximus43-1Halfway I taste quite some chocolate again and after two thirds I taste dry wood with herbs and a little bit of caramel and chocolate. The wood gets stronger with a mild caramel sweetness and lots of herb. There is a bit of pepper in the aftertaste. Near the end I taste some cinnamon too.
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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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