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Cigar Review: Diamond Crown Julius Caeser Pyramid

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Size: Pyramid 6 1/2 x 52
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Havana Seed
Binder: Unknown Central American leaf?
Filler: “A robust blend of Central American tobaccos”

 

So lets begin with the story of the Diamond Crown Julius Caeser.  J.C. Newman Cigar Company is the name of the company that released this cigar. I know some people have already stopped to wonder why I’m misspelling the name. An interesting side note about the spelling of his middle name is that “Caeser” is spelled correctly. Julius Caeser Newman and his family immigrated to The United States in 1888 from Hungary. After relocating to America he was told that he needed a middle name and this is how he

acquired “Caeser”. He founded the company in 1895 which began in his family’s barn in Cleveland, Ohio and eventually settling his company in Tampa, Florida in 1954 where his Grandson’s Eric Newman, president, and Bobby Newman, executive vice president, now run the business.

At the young age of 14, J.C.’s mother, Hanna, paid $3.00 a month for her son to learn the cigar trade.  After a few years he was off to a start.  The name of the local streetcar line, Akron, Bedford and Cleveland, is what he named his first brand of cigars after, “A.B.C.”. This was just the beginning of his “American Dream”.

Not only was this cigar made to celebrate the company’s 115 years in business, but also to celebrate the 135th anniversary of the founder’s birthday, Julius Caeser Newman. The Diamond Crown Julius Caeser was first mentioned at the IPCPR trade show in 2009. Later released in 2010, the line hit the floors and made a huge impact. There different descriptions of the tobaccos used. A more up to date characterization would be a flavorful Ecuadorian Havana-seed wrapper combined with a robust blend of Central American tobaccos that are aged for five years to give it distinct, bold flavors.

Since the Diamond Crown Julius Caeser has hit the retailers they have produced several different sizes. It is now available in these six different standard production sizes: Corona (5.5 x 43), Robusto (4.75 x 52), Toro (6 x 52), Pyramid (6.5 x 52) and Churchill (7.25 x 52), Hail Caeser Gordo (6 x 60). The average MSRP for each size ranges from $11.00 to $18.00.

In October of 2017 I had the great pleasure of meeting Bobby Newman, I think for the second or third time.  We shared some stories and great conversation.  He also gave me a lot information about the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation.  This non-profit Foundation began in 2001 between the Newman and Fuente families to help build schools, sporting facilities, medical clinics, and organic farming areas in the Dominican Republic.  You can visit their site here to read and learn more and even help make a difference by donating, which, by the way, is tax deductible.  Also I learned more about Southeastern Guide Dogs, which Bobby is on the board of, and how they are impacting the lives of veterans and those with vision loss.  Please visit their site here to learn more and how you can help make a difference as well. I tried not to take up too much of his time while he was at the attempt to visit other locations.

Pre-smoke characteristics:

Looks to have a flawless construction and feels like a firm roll with no soft spots. The veins are almost invisible.  Has notes of honey, chocolate and coffee.
Cold draw:
Very smooth draw with notes of chocolate and earthiness with no spice.

 

        
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First third:

Starting out with the first few draws I’m getting chocolate, mild roast coffee, and small hints of vanilla. Very subtle spice on the front. Just the right amount to compliment. Half inch in I begin the retrohale. Very smooth with a little more spice and really brings out the chocolate and coffee.

This started out with an even burn that was razor sharp. 1/2” in it starts to burn a little lopsided, but doesn’t affect the flavors at this point. Hopefully it will correct itself with some rotation.  Not a lot of foot smoke, but a pleasant aroma.
Now at the one inch mark and waiting for the ash to fall on its own.
The flavors at this point seem to be more of the honey that I got from the get go, before I lit it up, along with coffee and earthiness. Chocolate is starting to fade except from the retrohale.

Finally moving into some transition now at just over an inch.  I’m starting to pick up hints of cinnamon.  The ash falls off at this point. Now I’m getting more cinnamon, coffee and still a lingering note of honey that I believe even Pooh Bear would lick his lips at. Guess you can tell I’m a dad now, huh?
Beginning of the second third:
Cinnamon is fading and getting into some nutty and coffee flavors.  Little more spice in the back and yet still has a great draw and remains cool and smooth.  I’m loving the complexity in this so far.

Almost to the end of the second third and the burn is finally starting to level out. This far into the cigar I’m surprised there are no signs of bitterness. On the contrary, I’m getting more sweetness. One of my friends once mentioned “that graham cracker sweetness” and it’s kinda stuck. Funny how that happens with some people. It takes me back to my childhood memories of snacking on graham crackers and hiding them in my room. Mom and dad thought we were out so they would have to go buy some more. That didn’t last long though. Parents always seem to know the best hiding places.

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Final third:

Moving back into the chocolate and coffee notes. I think we’ve lost the honey and graham cracker. Let’s add a tad bit of clove to this as we move further into this last third.
I’m sure you’ve had chocolate covered raisins. Well, have you had that while drinking coffee. Yes, that is what is clinging to my palate. No bitterness at all. Just as smooth as it’s been throughout the entire cigar.

I’m usually putting it down by now, but I’m still waiting for that bitterness stopping point. It doesn’t look like it’s going to reach that point so I might as well go ahead and call it a successful finish.