Agile Cigar Reviews are cigar assessments where we use a lightweight, shorter format. These will never take the place of our comprehensive reviews. They are only used on blends we have previously assessed. This might be a blend we are re-scoring or giving a score for the first time. It might be a blend we are looking at in a different size. Today we look at the Diamond Crown Maximus Robusto No. 5. This is a cigar previously assessed in the Toro No. 4 size back in September 2020.
Wrapper: Ecuadorian El Bajo Sun Grown
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Factory: Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia
Robusto No. 5: 5 x 50
The Diamond Crown Maximus was introduced back in 2006 when J.C. Newman was celebrating its 110th anniversary. The Diamond Crown brand was launched ten years earlier when J.C. Newman celebrated its 100th anniversary. For the Diamond Crown line, J.C. Newman teams up with Carlos Fuente to produce the cigar. The Diamond Crown Maximus was intended to be a bolder and spicier offering under the Diamond Crown brand. Today we take a closer look at the Diamond Crown Maximus in the Robusto No. 5 size.
In reality, Diamond Crown Maximus is a three-way collaboration. The Newman family owns the Diamond Crown brand while the Fuente family handles the production of this line (and all of the Diamond Crown cigars). The third party is the Oliva family who grows the El Bajo Sun Grown wrapper in Ecuador. The remainder of the blend is all-Dominican tobaccos including the incorporation of high priming corona leaf. The Robusto No. 5 size measures 5 x 50.
The Diamond Crown Maximus Robusto No. 5 delivered a slight blast of mixed pepper and cedar to open up the cigar experience. Notes of chocolate, cherry-cream, earth, and savory notes emerged. During the early phases of the first third, the chocolate notes were primary. These chocolate notes morphed into notes of natural tobacco which took over as the primary note. The cedar remained the most prominent secondary note during the second third. By the later part of the second third, the pepper increased and along with the cedar joined the natural tobacco in the forefront. Meanwhile the cherry-cream, earth, and savory notes continued to round out the flavor profile.
The flavors delivered from the Diamond Crown Maximus Robusto No. 5 were medium strength and medium in body. There was a slight increase in intensity of the strength and body along the way, but in the end, both attributes remained medium range. The burn maintained a straight burn path and burn line, but did require many touch-ups along the way. As for the draw, it was ideal with a touch of resistance to it.
At 89 points, the Diamond Crown Maximus Robusto No. 5 scored the same as its Toro No. 4 sibling. There were a lot of parallels to the experience. I found the Robusto No. 5 to be a little bolder and a little spicier. At the same time, while there are definitely parallels with the flavor profile, the Robusto No. 5 seemed to emphasize more of the natural tobacco that I enjoy. In the end, the Robusto No. 5 is a cigar I’d recommend to an experienced cigar enthusiast or a novice cigar smoker looking for something in the medium range. In both cases, I’d recommend it to someone who enjoys spice as a part of the cigar experience. As for myself, this is a cigar I’d buy and smoke again.
Key Flavors: Natural Tobacco, Cedar, Black Pepper, Cherry-cream, Chocolate, Savory Notes
Burn: Very Good
Complexity: Medium Plus
Finish: Very Good
Value: Buy One
Previous Assessment: Diamond Crown Maximus Toro No. 4 by J.C. Newman Cigar Company
Source: J.C. Newman Cigar Company
Brand Reference: Diamond Crown
Photo Credits: Cigar Coop