In 1895, Julius Caesar, a Hungarian immigrant, established the oldest family-owned premium cigar brand in the United States. The business moved to Ybor City, Florida in 1954 and remains there today under fourth-generation Newman ownership.

What sets J.C. Newman apart is that they have three different brands under one name. Brands like La Unica and Cuesta-Rey are made at their factory in the Dominican Republic (besides Diamond Crown).

As for other well-known brands, you’re looking at Brick House, Perla del Mar and El Baton among popular blends they produce at their second factory located in Nicaragua.

But it doesn’t stop there! They also manufacture blends such as Tampa Trolleys, Trader Jacks and Factory Throwouts at their factory in Florida that are very popular here in the States.

This year marks almost three years of being in the cigar industry for me and until now I’ve never smoked nor heard of J.C. Newman cigars. I’m going to speak on behalf of all new cigar smokers when I say we typically smoke “trendier” cigars not from companies who’ve been around forever and a year.

After smoking the Diamond Crown Julius Caesar though, I’m making it my mission to try more cigars from companies with long extensive rich historys because they offer so many unique cigars that each have an amazing story behind them which they want you to be part of too.

DIAMOND CROWN JULIUS CAESAR CIGAR

HISTORY OF THE DIAMOND CROWN JULIUS CAESAR

When I first smoked the Diamond Crown Julius Caesar back in May of this year I was blown away. And upset with myself for not having anything from J.C. Newman sooner.

Appearing at the IPCPR Trade Show in 2009 and released one year later in 2010, this cigar pays tribute to the founder who started this company over 125 years ago!

Rolled out of the famous Tabacalera Arturo Fuente Factory in the Dominican Republic, this stogie uses some of the finest tobaccos from around Central America and the Caribbean!

Let’s get into my Diamond Crown Julius Caesar review. The size I smoked for this review was the 6.5 x 52 Pyramid which was a perfect size for this medium-bodied smoke.

CIGAR SPECS

Country of Origin: Dominican Republic

Strength: Medium

Wrapper: Ecuador Habano

Binder: Dominican

Filler: Caribbean/ S.A.

Duration of Smoking Experience: 55 minutes

Sizes Available:

Diamond Crown Julius Caesar Hail Caesar (6 x 60)

Diamond Crown Julius Caesar Toro (6 x 52)

Diamond Crown Julius Caesar Churchill (7.25 x 52)

Diamond Crown Julius Caesar Pyramid (6.5 x 52)

Diamond Crown Julius Caesar Robusto (4.75 x 52)

COLD DRAW

For this smoke, I used a punch cut which gives you a ton of smoke once you light it up. After cutting the tip off with my punch cutter, I took a couple cold draw puffs and got hit with some cedar and black pepper immediately so I was curious to see if those flavors would stick around throughout this stick.

FIRST THIRD

When I first lit it, there was some time before I could identify the notes on the cold draw. However, about five minutes into smoking it, I immediately tasted cedar, cream and fresh-cut grass.

The touch of black pepper in the cold draw had yet to be found. But for some reason I knew that it would show up somewhere in the second or final third.

SECOND THIRD & FINAL THIRD

Once into the second third, the draw and burn were flawless. The black pepper note that I could taste in the cold draw showed up right where I thought it would: in the second third. Black pepper really took this cigar to another level along with chocolate and dried fruit being present.

As I got closer to the final thirds, all of a sudden that fresh-cut grass from the first third disappeared but then again that cedar flavor from the first third was still hanging around but was quickly overpowered by all these delicious flavors developing in this second third.

The final third definitely left me wanting more compared to those first two-thirds. All of those delicious flavor notes from that second third dropped out much faster than what I would have liked; however, there was still a little bit of chocolate and cedar throughout.

OVERALL STRENGTH

With the wrapper being a little darker side i expected this to be overwhelming strength wise..but once it was lit everything seemed balance out perfectly as far complexity goes…and remained medium strength throughout my smoke time.

PAIRINGS

I enjoyed a dark stout from Founders while i smoked. The coffee sweetness of this stout went perfect with those flavors found within Diamond Crown!

Next time i smoke one these gems im thinking pairing it with a piece dark chocolate & whiskey on rocks..

IN CONCLUSION

For 20 box most expensive box is $320 least expensive box is $225…so single Julius Caesar cigar averages out anywhere between $11.25-$15.80 each …it’s more on expensive side for sure but well worth the spend.

The final third issues did not sway me one way or another. This is still a very tasty & delightful smoke that should be enjoyed by all!!

If you’re like me and want to take a gamble on some vintage, historical cigar brands then this Diamond Crown Julius Caesar by J.C. Newman will be right up your alley!

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