Julius Caeser is the pioneer and founder of the J.C. Newman Cigar Company. Born in 1875 in a small Hungarian village, J.C. and his family sailed across the Atlantic in 1888 in search of the American Dream. To celebrate J.C.s 135th birthday the company created a third Diamond Crown, a cigar that honors J.C., whose likeness appears on the cigar label. Today we fire up the Corona size in the line.
Cigar Review: Julius Caeser
Wrapper:Havana Seed Ecuadorian
Binder: Central America
Filler: Central American
Ring Gauge: 43
The Look: The Julius Caeser is packaged as a box inside a box. Opening up the shirt box, reveals a cloth wrapped leather cigar box with a snap closure. Inside the cigars are laid out two rows of 10. The band which is said to feature a likeness of Julius Caesar features colors of baby blue, gold foil, white and purple. The corona cigars feature some rustic looking wrappers to put it mildly and under the fingers they feel coarse like fine sand paper. In the hand the cigar is firm with no soft spots and a well packed food.
The Notes: Once the cap is clipped with my Lotus Jaws cutter, the first notes are that of raisin, cashews and a touch of cedar. The aroma off the foot of the cigar is a very faint cedar. After toasting the cigar, the initial notes are cedar with warm spices.
Moving into the first third of the cigar the cedar and warm spice slowly begin to pull back revealing a wonderful sweetness that reminds me of honey and raisins. As the first third comes to a close the sweetness slowly begins to fade away. The retrohale of the cigar is loaded with cedar notes with the cigar having a moderate finish.
In the second third the Julius Caeser Corona further loses its sweetness as a coffee note begins to develop. By the time the cigar reaches the halfway point the coffee is dominant on the profile that also sees some nuttiness and cedar. The cedar note is intensified on the retrohale that also introduces a touch of pepper and lemon zest.
As the cigar comes to a close the coffee notes remain with touches of nuts and every now and then some of the honest experienced on the first third shows itself from time to time. The retrohale offers up a bit more pepper than the previous third but cedar remains dominant on the finish.
The Finish: Early samples of the Julius Caesar had one of the worst looking wrappers I ever saw on a Diamond Crown cigar. Thankfully, they have gotten better though at times not by much. It’s a shame, because you need to look past the wrapper on some of the Julius Caesar cigars. It’s by far the most flavorful of the line. It’s complex and often overlooked among other Diamond Crown cigars. It shouldn’t be.
Price: 9.89 / 175.99