4 1/2 x 54 - Connecticut - Box of 15
5 STARS PRE "CLASSIC", 10th Jul 2017
Reviewer: Lucien Montaro III
Old reliable is no longer. The new version of these cigars are supposed to be same size/content. I think the band is a little smaller and they are stronger as well. Was told by 2 Guys that the old version is no longer available, just the "classic" which may prove a deal breaker. Why change a cigar that is already classic?
[Edit] Store Response: JC Newman of Diamond crown only changed the bands/box, not the blends. They added some more foil to the bands, and the word classic on the box to help identify it vs the Maximus line. The blend remains unchanged.
A Special Cigar, 17th Mar 2017
Reviewer: The Cigar Authority
The cold draw serves up wonderful notes of maple and molasses with a subtle earthiness and pepper in the background, while the foot offers an aroma of hay, earth and a lingering pepper that causes me to sneeze. It’s an interesting yin-yang between the two ends and I am eager to light this up.
Once the cigar is toasted with what is becoming my favorite lighter, the Vertigo Intimidator the stick serves up a subtle sweetness and elements of earth and coffee. Moving through the first third the sweetness begins to develop a subtle vanilla like note that is heightened by the retrohale.
In the second third of the Diamond Crown #5 a wonderfully defined almond note begins to take hold of as the dominant flavor with subtle vanilla notes remaining on the retrohale. The second third of the cigar continues to be earthy and a little bit salty as well. The finish at this point of the cigar is moderate in length and earthy.
The last third of the Diamond Crown still continues to deliver some nuttiness but the almond definition has left the experience. The addition of some strong cedar notes becomes the dominant flavor profile with a touch of espresso and hay. The retrohale offers some spice which transitions this cigar from mild to medium.