- Country: Dominican Republic
- Wrapper: Ecuador
- Binder: Dominican Republic
- Filler: Dominican Republic
- Strength: Medium
Diamond Crown Julius Caesar – all hail Caesar! The Cigar that is. Recently receiving an epic 92-rating from Cigar Aficionado magazine in the October 2014 issue!
If you thought you were getting into the Roman Palace without a proper escort, well think again. You’ll need to have the right credentials to make it into the royal chamber. But this cigar isn’t named after the Caesar you probably know. This cigar is named after the famed tobacco rolling master Julius Caesar Newman, founder of the only premium cigar company still owned by its original family: The J.C. Newman Cigar Company.
The J.C. Newman Cigar Company was founded in 1895 and has been a family owned (and ruled) by his descendants ever since, utilizing some of the finest tobaccos the world has ever seen to create some of their masterpieces which remain a staple in an enormous and rich cigar making history. To honor their patriarch, they created the Diamond Crown Julius Caesar which uses a blend of five year aged leaves from around the Caribbean basin of Central America that have been bound in a Dominican leaf which itself contains one from Ecuador.
A marble bust illustration of Julius Caesar himself looks right back at you from the band, and you’ll have no trouble meeting his gaze with awe as you appraise the quality of construction. The chewy, rich, chocolate-brown leaf with aroma to match clips easily to reveal darker tobacco at the core of the vitola. The first third of the cigar wraps the tongue with biscuit and crisp white pepper, more smooth than spicy. Overarching flavors of cocoa and nuts enter once the sweet spot has been passed, supported on columns of mellow woodiness. The cigar remains easy to smoke to the end as all the prior flavors accumulate for a flawless finish.
This stick from Diamond Crown Julius Caesar certainly earns its keep. It wouldn’t be allowed in the pantheon of great cigars if it couldn’t hold its rank. Be sure that your smoking coliseum has the right pieces to complete your humidor of champions.