The J.C. Newman Cigar Company was founded in 1895 by Julius Caesar Newman, who rolled his first cigar in his family’s barn in Cleveland, Ohio after emigrating from Austria-Hungary that same year. Once he discovered his passion for cigars, he moved his family down to Tampa and quickly had a world-class reputation for producing high-quality premium cigars. Over one hundred years later, his son, Stanford Newman, to honor his father and his vision, created a cigar that was like no other, the Diamond Crown, which was officially released in 1995 at a star gala in Beverly Hills, California.
The Diamond Crown Julius Caeser originally appeared in 2009 at the IPCPR (International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association) trade show in New Orleans, but wasn’t officially released to the public until 2010. The cigar itself was created in honor of not only the J.C. Newman Cigar Company’s 115th Anniversary but also for Julius Caesar Newman’s 135th birthday, which coincidently enough was the same year. With a well-deserved rating of 93 from Cigar Aficionado, this smoke features a scrumptious core of Dominican long-fillers that is secured by a Dominican binder and an incredibly handsome Havana-seed wrapper from Ecuador. Carefully hand-rolled in small batches by the Fuente family, expect a flawless burn with smooth flavors of coffee, sweetness, spice, and wood. Medium in body, enjoy this limited production beauty with a spiced rum.
Though tobacco is indigenous to Hispaniola, the tobacco industry in the Dominican Republic existed in the shadow of Cuba’s dominance through the 1960s. When the exodus of Cuban cigar makers began in the wake of the revolution, many decided the Dominican Republic would be ideal for the resumption of their livelihoods. Unrest in Nicaragua in the 1980s fueled the Dominican cigar industry further. The country now makes more than half of the premium cigars imported into the U.S.
The Cibao Valley and the nearby city of Santiago are the center of cigar production in the Dominican Republic. Three main varieties are grown here: the mild and native Olor Dominicano; the intense Piloto Cubano, brought from the Vuelta Abajo of Cuba; and San Vicente, a milder and more acidic Piloto hybrid. Dominican puros were once unheard of as it was widely thought impossible to grow quality wrapper leaf on the island, but new growing techniques are now allowing some exceptional puros to be produced.
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