Review: Diamond Crown Julius Caeser by JC Newman

First introduced in 2010, this cigar celebrated the 115th anniversary of J.C. Newman. The C middle initial stands for “Caesar”, and was misspelled on his immigration paperwork as Caeser. Rolled out of the Tabacalera A. Fujente y Cia factory in the Dominican Republic, the Pyramid landed at #25 on the Cigar Aficionado Top 25 list of 2011.

The Julius Caeser is available as a Robusto (4-3/4x52), Toro (6x52), Pyramid (6-1/2x52) and a Churchill (7-1/4x52).


Vitola: Toro

Size: 6” x 52 Ring Gauge

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Havana Seed

Binder: Central American

Filler: Central American

Cigars Smoked for this Review: One each

Price Point: $13.75 MSRP

Cigar Purchased: Rocky Mountain Smokeout Event Cigar

Quick Note: For this review we used Logan’s rating system. You can view it in detail here.


“The Diamond Crown Julius Caeser is a very enjoyable cigar.”



Check out my video review here:


Surgeon’s Rating: 88 AKA “A 5 Pack”

The nose on the Diamond Crown Julius Caeser presented with bold notes of earthy leather on the wrapper. Some light cedar and sweet hay in the foot.

Using a Xikar v-cutter I found the draw had a bit of resistance to it.

My initial flavor impressions were sweet nuttiness, and trailing cedar. More of the same notes out of the retrohale, with trailing leather on the post draw. As the first third settles in the post draw leather steps up in intensity between a light plus and medium minus.  As the first third begins to wind down, there’s a rich chocolate note on the retrohale that matches the sweet nuttiness in strength. It serves as a counterpoint to the post draw leather.



The Julius Caeser profile doesn’t undergo much in the way of transitions in the middle third. The only thing to comment on is that the post draw leather does step up in intensity, matching the chocolate from the retrohale. As the middle third winds down there’s some subtle spices rounding out the retrohale.

In the last third the leather recedes in intensity, with the spices stepping up and some post draw earthiness adding to the flavor pool. The remainder of the flavors all recede down to a light plus in strength. I start to get a very specific toasted peanut note on the retrohale. Several minutes later I get a orange citrusy as well. At the halfway point of the last third the chocolate moves back up to a medium strength level.

The Diamond Crown Julius Caeser is a very enjoyable cigar. We don’t typically factor pricing into our reviews, as we focus on the quality of cigar and flavors delivered. With that said, the price of this cigar might be outside the buying zone for a lot of cigar smokers. The smaller vitolas can be found for much less than the MSRP on the Toro.


Surgeon’s Pairing Recommendation:

The Diamond Crown Julius Caeser would pair well with a variety of beers. I would pair a brown ale, light porter, or even a Belgian Tripel.

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Comment by Sam C. on June 7, 2016 at 9:12pm
Nice review, Surgeon. I enjoy this smoke.


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