JC Newman

June 25, 2024

Diamond Crown MAXIMUS No. 5 (5 x 50)

Video review HERE.

(Description provided by JC Newman)

Stanford Newman wanted to create a hearty complement to the wildly successful Diamond Crown line. To accomplish this, he enlisted the help of two legendary cigar families, the Fuentes and Olivas. After years of collaboration, for the company’s 110th anniversary, J.C. Newman launched a full-flavored, bold cigar that could only be created by these three cigar masterminds, the Diamond Crown MAXIMUS.

Exclusively hand rolled in the Dominican Republic with Carlito Fuente’s very best master rollers, the long filler in MAXIMUS is a secret blend of specially aged Dominican filler tobaccos. The MAXIMUS wrapper is a special Ecuadorian tobacco, exclusively grown on the El Bajo region of the Oliva’s Ecuador plantation. El Bajo sits in a pristine valley where the mountain’s natural minerals and nutrients, washed down by centuries of rain, have made the soil exceptionally rich; perfect for growing tobacco.

The Diamond Crown MAXIMUS No.5 is a robust and full-flavored cigar created to commemorate our 110th anniversary. Hand-rolled in the Dominican Republic by the master rollers of Tabacalera A. Fuente, this cigar features an Ecuadorian El Bajo Sungrown wrapper and a blend of specially aged Dominican filler tobaccos.

The cigar is quite dark and the band is beautiful. The cigar has an average feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were orange citrus, peach, brown sugar, dark chocolate, and black coffee. There was black pepper rated at 7 1/2. Nice dark start.

At the first third (23 minutes) the orange citrus, peach, and brown sugar are quite nice and sweet. There is more dark chocolate than black coffee at the base. The cigar is medium bodied. The finish is dark chocolate with good lingering black pepper. The cigar is very good. There are plenty of sweet notes to go along with the plentiful dark notes. I rated the first third 94.

As I moved through the second third (46 minutes) the notes are the same but now there is more dark chocolate and quite a bit more black coffee. The sweet notes suffered a little. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is still dark chocolate but the lingering black pepper is very good. The cigar continues to be very good but it's not quite as good as the first third. I rated the second third 93.

The cigar lasted 1 hour 4 minutes. Nothing changed in the final third. There was still elevated dark chocolate and black coffee while the sweet notes were slightly subdued. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is unchanged. This is a very good dark noted cigar with plenty of dark chocolate. I rated the final third 93. I reviewed this cigar 4/27/21 and it received a score of 93 so it's very consistent. The first third was more impressive this time thus the slightly higher score.

Overall Score: 93.33

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