July 14, 2013
Diamond Crown Julius Caeser Robusto (4 3/4 x 52)
Video review HERE.
Diamond Crown JULIUS CAESER honors Julius Caeser ("J.C.") Newman, a true cigar pioneer and founder of the J.C. Newman Cigar Company. Born in a small Hungarian village, J.C. and his family sailed across the Atlantic in 1888 in search of the American Dream.
In 2010 we created a Diamond Crown that honors J.C., whose likeness appears on the cigar label. Diamond Crown JULIUS CAESER cigars are meticulously rolled by hand in small batches by Tabacalera A. Fuente in the Dominican Republic. Flavorful Ecuadorian Havana-seed wrappers, combined with a robust blend of Central American tobaccos, are aged for five years to give JULIUS CAESER its bold, rich distinctive flavor.
The cigar is a beautiful reddish brown color and well made. The cigar has a nice density.
The test draw after cutting the cap was effortless. The initial flavors were light sweet cedar, oak, earth, and a few cream notes on the cedar. The cedar is light but sweet. The cigar is mild to medium at this point.
About 1/2 inch in the flavors have changed to one of nutmeg with the cedar, leather, and the pepper is rated at a 5 to 6. The finish is one of a light, sweet cream with very good lingering pepper. In fact, the lingering pepper is equal to what you have on the front end.
About 1 inch in you can add coffee notes to the flavors. The leather was hiding them before. I am seeing some richness in the cedar and nutmeg. This cigar is very smooth. I would describe the pepper as a white pepper. The finish is very nice and long. I really like the sweet cream and large amount of lingering pepper. The strength of the finish has ticked up a few notches. I would call the cigar medium bodied at this point. The cigar is burning very evenly.
Just past the midpoint the cedar is still nice and sweet but the nutmeg has fallen off somewhat. The leather has also dropped a little but in it's place there are charred oak notes. The coffee is still about the same. The pepper has moved up to a 7 and the finish is about the same. I would say the cigar is still medium bodied and shows signs of possibly moving to medium to full bodied.
This has been a very good cigar. I enjoyed the cedar and nutmeg, leather, coffee, and charred oak notes. The cigar ended up just shy of medium to full bodied. The finish was very good with it's sweet cream notes and large amount of lingering pepper. This is one of the best J. C. Newman cigars I've had. Possibly a little more richness would have been nice but this was a very balanced cigar. I enjoyed it very much.