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Stogie Reviews: Diamond Crown Maximus Robusto No. 5

24 Apr 2008

My girlfriend picked up a few of these sticks at a Sarasota cigar bar during our golf vacation to Florida last weekend. She told me she was drawn to Diamond Crown Maximus because the cigars share a name with her employer (I’m just glad she wasn’t buying any more shoes).

Diamond Crown Maximus Robusto No. 5This line was created by J.C. Newman as a fuller-bodied follow-up to the company’s successful Diamond Crown blend. Said to be the sister cigar of the famed Opus X, Diamond Crown Maximus marries three legendary families: the Newmans; the Olivas, who grow the wrapper in Ecuador; and the Futenes, who produce the binder and filler tobaccos in the Dominican Republic.

The Robusto No. 5 weighs in at a classic five inches with a 50 ring gauge (kudos to the manufacturer for eliminating all confusion and printing the full vitola name on the cellophane). The band is wonderfully ornate – albeit slightly gaudy – and I wouldn’t be surprised if it were some mixture of the three families’ crests. Dark, firm, and tightly wrapped, the cigar exudes rich notes of chocolate off the freshly cut head.

The El Bajo sungrown wrapper adds a nice sweetness to the lips and the first puff is akin to savory cocoa, clove, and black pepper. Salty, but acidic tones help balance the flavor profile. The taste remains surprisingly consistent until the nub with no noticeable increase in spice, harshness, or bitterness.

One of the Robustos was more reliable than the other, but don’t be surprised if the white ash holds firm for up to three inches. The burn is straight or self-correcting, and the draw is just right.

In all, I think these limited production sticks make real treats for sungrown fans and devotees of cigars with rich cocoa flavors. The only challenge is to locate a supply and fork over $8.50-12 per single (about $200 per box of 20). Let’s just say I’m happy my girlfriend found and bought them, and I give the Diamond Crown Maximus Robusto No. 5 a highly regarded four out of five stogies.

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Patrick A

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4 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Diamond Crown Maximus Robusto No. 5”

  1. Lisa Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 5:06 am #

    I'm really liking the sungrown wrappers coming out of Ecuador lately. This cigar definitely is right up my alley as far as flavor and size go. Thanks for giving interesting background on each cigar.

  2. Anthony B Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 7:34 am #

    I actually prefer this to the Opus X. Spot on review.

  3. Jon N. Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 7:45 am #

    That is one hell of a fine-looking cigar. Glad to hear it smokes as good as it looks.

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