Cigar Review: JC Newman Julius Caeser

Cigar Review: JC Newman Julius Caeser

Size: 6×52, Toro

Wrapper: Ecuadorian

Binder: Central American

Filler: Central American

Strength: Medium

Price: $11+

Grade: 8.8

A new release in JC Newman’s Diamond Crown series, the Julius Caeser honors company founder, Julius Caeser Newman. Julius was born in 1875 and was named after a historic leader, but with a slightly different spelling. Julius’ mother paid an experienced cigar maker $3 a month to teach her son the art of the cigar and in 1895, at 20 years old, he started a company that is still around today, producing excellent cigars.

This new release honors Julius’ 135th birthday and the company’s 115th birthday and is the third cigar in the Diamond Crown series (Natural, Maduro, and Maximus). It is produced at the famed Tabacalera A. Fuente factory in the Dominican Republic in small batches.

The Central American filler is aged for five years to create a rich and bold flavor. The Julius Caeser is sold in leather cabinets of 20 exclusively in Diamond Crown Cigar Lounges across the world – it is available in 4 sizes: Robusto (4.75×52), Toro (6×52), Churchill (7.25×52), and Pyramid (6.5×52).

Today we are reviewing the Toro, so let’s get to it.

Pre-light, 1.7:
The presentation of this smoke is well done, with colorful banding and an attractive wrapper that has just a few veins. The Julius Caeser is well packed and the head is topped with a nice triple cap. Along the wrapper, I pick up tobacco with a bit of barnyard until I get to the foot, and then a faint sweetness is detected. The cold draw is very mild with no notes shining through at all.

Burn, 1.8:
The draw on this smoke is excellent and produces plenty of smoke. The ash holds well and the burn line is even for the most part throughout the duration of the smoke. The smoke temperature stays comfortable for the 90+ minute smoke time.

Flavor, 2.7:
The first puff on the J.C. Newman Julius Caeser produces creamy notes of tobacco with a just a bit of bright spice on the finish. Moving in to the first third the smoke remains creamy with notes of cedar and a touch of sweet spice on the medium to long finish. The second third seems to thicken up a bit as the woody or cedar notes take the lead, with spice lingering on the finish. The smoke has a nice mouth feel with the finish being very consistent. The last third does not transition much, with the profile staying the same for the most part; it does seem to become a bit more robust towards the end, but it was barely noticeable.

 

Overall, 2.6:
This is a solid smoke, but at the price point, I think there are better options. It is worth picking up a couple to say you had them, as this is a good Dominican smoke, but overall it was not as complex as I anticipated. That being said, this a quality smoke from a good company and a good addition to the Diamond Crown line; so, if the above profile fits in  your wheelhouse, give them a try.