Founded in 1895 in Cleveland, Ohio by Julius Caesar Newman, J.C. Newman Cigar Company is the oldest family owned cigar company in the United States. J.C. Newman Cigar Company comes from humble beginnings, with J.C. first learning to roll cigars at the age of 14, just several years after the Newman family immigrated to the United States from Hungary. J.C. produced his first cigars for what would become the J.C. Newman Cigar Company, after receiving an order for 500 cigars from the local family grocer. He produced these cigars in his families barnyard in their backyard.
It wouldn’t be for another 60 years until the company moved their production out of Ohio and down to Ybor City, Florida. They bought and began operations out of the famous Regensburg Cigar Factory (there will likely be blogs soon covering historic factories like this one), producing cigars there for a number of years.
It wasn’t until 1986 that J.C. Newman Cigar Company entered a relationship with Carlos Fuente Sr. This relationship resulted in the production of all J.C. Newman cigars to be handled by the Fuente family out of their famous Tabacalera A. Fuente factory in the Dominican Republic. There the Diamond Crown line came to existence, the creation of Carlos Fuente Sr for J.C. Newman. Additionally, J.C. Newman gained exclusive distribution rights to all of the Fuente lines in almost all of the world.
Cigar: Diamond Crown Robusto No. 5 CFW
Wrapper: Connecticut Shade Grown
Size: 4 1/2 x 54
Appearance and Pre-light Aroma:
The Diamond Crown Robusto No. 5 CFW is a particularly light shade of brown, similar to a paper bag. The wrapper is fairly absent of oils, and coincidentally, the wrapper feels somewhat like a paper bag. The texture is coarse and speckled with tooth.
The smells immediately apparent on the foot are that of grass and hay, and general barnyard notes. There is also a very soft mint undertone that is really only noticed if you reach for it. The dry draw sees the mint becoming a bit more pronounced, and a base mostly of soft earth.
The first few puffs upon lighting up the Diamond Crown Robusto No. 5 CFW are bold and distinguished. Heavy notes of vanilla creme, nuts, and what may be a hint of hazelnut developing. Soft undertones of hay, wood, and general barnyard flavors compliment the rest of the profile in the finish. The body quickly softens to a state of superb smoothness, and is palate-saturating with the sheer level of creaminess it delivers.
Having smoked a number of the Diamond Crown Robusto in the CFW wrapper I was quite excited to get to the second third. All of the flavors blend together with truly impressive balance and refinement. The depth of nuance present is immense. A hint of tangy sugar has joined the fray alongside the vanilla creme, hazelnut, wood, and hay – blending together to create a conglomerate of flavor I can only describe as good ol’ fashion bubblegum, bringing forth a sense of nostalgia for the euphoria of childhood… damn, where did the time go? Seems like just yesterday I wa- Ahem! Moving on… the Diamond Crown Robusto No. 5 is a blissfully mild smoking experience, while still containing a profusely exuberant range of complexity and nuance to intellectually stimulate the aficionado looking to be entertained.
One thing that has not been mentioned up until this point that is long overdue is the smoke production. It’s immense. It’s usually safe to correlate an oily wrapper with a high volume of smoke, but it’s not always necessarily the case. The Diamond Crown Robusto No. 5 CFW is one of those exceptions; the wrapper is fairly free of oil, but this cigar gives a cloud of smoke borderline large enough to be picked up by a meteorologist conducting an okta measurement. The last few inches sees an overhaul in the profile. The sweetness has largely receded, while hay, woods, and barnyard notes have become more pronounced. New additions in flavor are a small dose of earthy soil, and a pinch of black pepper. There is a bit more heft all around towards the end, bringing the Diamond Crown Robusto No. 5 CFW into the mild-medium category. The finish is clean, but the earth and black pepper notes do linger a bit longer on the front of palate than I would prefer.
Burn and Construction:
The phenomenal draw and smoke production has already been noted, and I don’t feel the need to be redundant. However, the draw was spotty at best and required a surprising number of touch ups. The required babysitting with the Diamond Crown Robusto No. 5 CFW was bit of a nuisance. This cigar also burns quite quickly, which is unfortunate in the sense that I would have enjoyed smoking this cigar a bit longer. Ultimately, this is a minor grievance, and not the fault of anyone.
The construction also was a bit iffy, but this seems to be more of a problem inherent with the tobacco being used. The roll is more or less perfect, and it’s structurally stable for the most part. However, the wrapper is notably fragile and is prone to flaking.
The Diamond Crown Robusto No. 5 CFW is a phenomenal cigar in terms of flavor, and the minor issues found in the burn and construction can, and should, be easily overlooked. The Diamond Crown Robusto No. 5 CFW is everything a mild cigar should be. The smoke is filled with complex, well refined flavors, and all the leafs work together harmoniously to bring out the best in one another. From the first time smoker who has never even had secondhand nicotine exposure, to the connoisseur looking for a mild treat, the Diamond Crown Robusto No. 5 CFW is a brilliant choice.
4.5 out 5