After emigrating from Austria-Hungary in 1895, Julius Caeser Newman craved the American Dream and started the J.C. Newman Cigar Company. It was a very humble beginning in the family barn’s basement in Cleveland, Ohio. However because of the tenacity and perseverance of young J.C., the company quickly grew and expanded. One hundred years later, Stanford Newman, JC.’s son, wanted to honor his father’s vision with a very special cigar. This cigar would be called a Diamond Crown and would be like no other.
Stanford Newman first discussed the concept of the Diamond Crown idea with Carlos Fuente, Sr. in 1991. As a celebration of the company’s upcoming 100th anniversary, he wanted to develop a truly exceptional series of cigar unlike any other on the market. He didn’t care how long it took to make, how much it cost to make, or even if it sold. His plan was to offer only the best cigar befitting his father’s honor and the Diamond Crown name.
In order to make Diamond Crown have the richest and most consistent full flavor possible, Carlos and Stanford knew they would have to make Diamond Crown a thick cigar. The larger ring allowing for the blending of 6 -7 leaves, assures the maximum flavor of each cigar. That is why every Diamond Crown Classic size, ranging from the 81/2” Robusto No.1 down to the Robusto No.8, is made with a full 54 ring.
Diamond Crown was officially launched at an all-star gala in Beverly Hills in April of 1995. Originally available only on the West Coast of the United States, the intention was to gradually spread the brand “to the east”, but the greater than anticipated rate of reorders made it difficult to satisfy demand, let alone expand to new markets. Today Diamond Crown cigars are still limited in production and only available in fine tobacconists nationwide.
For the company’s 110th anniversary, 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, J.C. Newman Cigar Company answered market demands for a fuller flavored Diamond Crown blend and launched a full-flavored, bold cigar that could only be created by these three cigar masterminds, the Diamond Crown MAXIMUS.
In 2010, to celebrate J.C.’s 135th birthday and the company’s 115th anniversary, Diamond Crown Julius Caeser was released. Much like the original Diamond Crown Classic and the Diamond Crown MAXIMUS, the Diamond Crown Julius Caeser features an especially flavorful Ecuadorian Havana-seed wrapper combined with a smooth, robust blend of fine Central American tobaccos, carefully aged for five years, that gives Julius Caeser its bold, rich distinctive flavor
Julius Caeser has a slightly toothy wrapper with a beautiful silky feel. Its leathery looking, reddish brown wrapper also held an earthy aroma. The pre-light smell was tangy and offered the scent of sweet hay.
1st quarter: There was a small amount of resistance to the draw but it was still effortless and easy to enjoy, providing thick clouds of smoke. Some up front spices were quickly provided. 2nd quarter: There was some spice through the nose that lingered on the palate with some sweet undertones. The smoke held a consistent, creamy texture and offered a full aroma. 3rd quarter: The Julius Caeser delivered smooth, balanced and rich full flavors onto the palate with a medium body. A little hint of nutty texture and hints of spice lingered through the nose. 4th quarter: Flavors continuously developed with more sweet earthiness and hints of floral tones. There were also some cedar and spice notes, and the smoke that followed was dense in texture with a flavorful aroma. The profile remained consistent to the end.
Overall, the Diamond Crown Julius Caeser had an excellent construction that allowed the cigar to burn slow and even. It offered a robust and alluring aroma with rich characteristics, earthy texture and consistently developing spices. The profile is both attractive and elegant and makes for a truly enjoyable smoke.
Myron Gooch Sr.
Reviewed at: The Man Cave.
Time Smoked: 1 hour 40 minutes.
Size: 6” x 52.