Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : 4 3/4 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuador Havana
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : $10.80
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Coming from the oldest premium cigar company in the United States, the J.C. Newman Cigar Company is responsible for the production of many familiar brands such as Diamond Crown, Cuesta-Rey, Brick House, and El Baton. In the summer of 2012 the bilingual magazine Cigar Journal published an article/interview with Eric and Bobby Newman, owners of the J.C. Newman Cigar Co. According to the Cigar Journal ‘quote’:
This line (Diamond Crown Julius Caeser) of super premium cigars was created in 2010 to honor the founder of the J.C. Newman Cigar Company’s 135th birthday and the 115th anniversary of the company. Julius Caeser Newman’s likeness appears on the cigar label.
The Julius Caeser Robusto had a silky, smooth, light brown wrapper that housed a couple of glue stains near the foot of the cigar. Cap is well applied and I detected no soft spots on the roll. The band is very elaborate and seems a little large for the cigar’s size. Pre-light smell is a very rich sweet tobacco, barnyard, and vanilla. Cold draw shows signs of damp wood/forest and is very tight.
Pre-light score: 8 pts
The smallest pull on the draw produced a great amount of thin white smoke. The opening tastes were woody and floral with an aroma that wonderfully noted a creamy, sweet, cookie dough scent. The burn was wavy with a solid gray ash. The tight cold draw opened up after the initial light.
Into the second third the draw remained great, with loads of smoke produced from this stick. Burn stayed wavy and the tastes of wood and cedar were still present with an awkward bitterness that started to sneak in.
On the last third of my Julius Caeser Robusto the burn had to finally be touched up. Draw was amazingly great the entire smoke and I would put this cigar in the medium-full body range. Good thing is the bitter notes I was picking up at the start of the final third did not materialize and instead more woody and earthy tones dominated the palate.
Smoking score: 7 pts.
This cigar was overall a good cigar and I enjoyed the experience, however the burn was less than mediocre and the taste profile lacked development and complexity. For the price, I know there are other options on the market that would be just as pleasing for half the buck.
Overall Experience score: 7 pts.
Diamond Crown Julius Caeser Rating
Pre-Light: 8 pts.
Smoking: 7 pts.
Overall Experience: 7 pts.