I had intended to do a Diamond Crown Maximus cigar smoking experience but for some odd reason the picture on the left was the only one in focus. Turns out the lens on the camera was a little dirty from ash from a prior cigar I smoked.
I smoked today’s cigar at my favorite B&M Barrister Cigars in Union, NJ. The owner Dave is a friendly chap who never complains when I bring my own cigar to smoke for my review and that is exactly what I did today on a cold rainy day.
Cigar: Diamond Crown Robusto #5
Size: 5×50 (Robusto)
Origin: Domincan Republic
Wrapper: Ecuadorian El Bajo Sun Grown
Binder: Domincan Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Appearance and Construction (19/20): This dark sun grown wrapper has some veins but none of them are large or above the surface of the cigar. The cigar itself is exquisitely rolled with a nice cap and weight. The foot reveals a well packed cigar. The bands of this cigar is very busy but it works when on the shelf of a busy humidor causing the cigar to stand out.
Flavor & Notes (27/30): The prelight draw on the cigar reveals some earthy notes. The cigar offered some spices on the first third with a faint hint of sweetness. As we entered the second third of the cigar there were some faint cocoa and coffee notes with some nuts as well. The final third of the smoke had more coffee notes with an earthy finish.
Burn/Ash/Draw (23/25): The burn of the cigar was slightly jagged at times but it never once got out of hand. The ash of the cigar was a marble color and it held on well. I never lost the ash which was enjoyable. The draw while offering some resistance was acceptable.
Overall (22/25): The Diamond Crown Maximus is one of those cigars that don’t live up to the hype for me. While at times it reminded me of an Ashton VSG I could not justify spending the money on these smokes unless I was going to an affair and wanted to have a touch of class on me to hand out. But given the smoking laws the opportunity to do that is far and between.
Price: $172.99 a box of 20 @ Tex Cigars