Review of Diamond Crown Maximus Cigar
By: Gary Manelski
Diamond Crown Maximus cigars from J.C. Newman are made by Fuente with aged Dominican fillers and special Ecuadorian wrappers grown by the Oliva's, and are fuller bodied than the original Diamond Crown cigars. As an aside, the J.C. Newman cigar factory still manufactures machine-made cigars in Ybor City using vintage cigar rolling tools and equipment, but their premium brands such as Diamond Crown are made by hand in the Dominican Republic. Diamond Crown Maximus cigars are available in several sizes, including the Toro No. 4 (6 x 50) sampled for this review which is priced at about $63 for a 5-pack. That works out to an average of $12.60 per stick for this super premium cigar.
The Toro No. 4 began with a pleasant medium-to-full toasty and peppery flavor with a hint of sweetness. The taste started to become more leathery after about 15 minutes, and after another 15 minutes, moved up from medium-to-full to full. The cigar had a great draw, held a long ash, and had an even burn. I smoked the cigar for an hour down to two inches remaining, and applied one minor touch-up light at about the half-way point. No relights were required.
I found the cigar to be very well made and well balanced, and deserving of a very good 4-point rating on a 5-point scale. However, due to its relatively high price point, the Diamond Crown Maximus cannot be considered a great value. Diamond Crown is J.C. Newman's top premium cigar brand, and is also the namesake for the company's Diamomd Crown cigar lounges located in various cities across the U.S. Therefore, if you want to smoke a Diamond Crown, expect to pay a premium price.