Team Cigar Review: Diamond Crown Maduro Robusto No. 4

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Cigar Details: Diamond Crown Maduro Robusto No. 4

  • Vitola: Robusto Extra
  • Length: 5.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 54
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Caribbean and Central America
  • Factory: Tabacalera A. Fuente
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $13.25
  • Release Date: 1995
  • Source: J.C. Newman

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

John-McTavish

 John McTavish

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Diamond Crown Maduro Robusto No. 4 is medium brown with some darker marbling. There are some fine veins present and the seams are quite smooth and only really visible due to the color variation of the wrapper. The head is finished off with a well applied double cap. The band is burgundy and yellow along with some red and gold. It carries the brand name with a crown in the middle. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of wood and lightly damp earth. The foot brings lightly damp wood and a floral note. The pre-light draw brings a nice, mellow cedar.

Pre-light Experience

The Diamond Crown Maduro Robusto No. 4 has a tear tab designed into the UPC sticker so when the cellophane is opened the UPC remains intact. Another small but great bit of detail is that the cigar type and vitola are identified on that UPC sticker as well. The cigar itself has a dark chocolate colored wrapper, and is quite smooth throughout. Aromas from the cigar include sweet barnyard, coffee, fresh cedar, with sweet raisin in the foot.

First Third

The cigar begins with a mix of wood, cocoa, mustiness and very mellow baking spice. At a half inch in, the baking spice has increased a fair amount. At an inch in, the musty wood and baking spice are even and there is still a hint of cocoa in the background. The retrohale is an even mix of musty wood and baking spice. At an inch and a half, the overall profile is a bit dry. As the third comes to a close, the musty wood is up front with the baking spice slightly behind and the cocoa light in the background. The strength in this third was slightly above medium.

First Third

The first few puffs bring sweet wood along with baking spices that trail into the post draw, giving way to leather. The spices are intensified, and bring chocolate in the retrohale. Some mild lingering minerality mixes with the chocolate as the first third settles in. Sweetness and earth join at the end of the retrohale some time later. That earth builds through the first third, bringing with it some hay.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the wood gains a bit of barbecue smokiness to it and the cocoa is no longer present. At a half inch in, some char takes over the barbecue smokiness. The retrohale still shows the wood with barbecue smokiness and mustiness. At an inch and a half in, the profile is musty and slightly charred wood with light baking spice. The strength in this third remained at slightly above medium.

Second Third

Earth and cedar carry the profile moving into the second third. Wood settles into the middle of the profile. That earth builds to medium strength by the halfway point, pushing into the middle of the profile to compete with the wood.

Final Third

The final third continues on with the musty and slightly charred wood, but the baking spice has departed. At a half inch in, the char has increased. The retrohale is musty and slightly charred wood. As the third comes to a close, the profile is wood with a fair amount of char, mustiness and light bitterness. The strength in this third bumped up to medium-full.

Final Third

Sweet cedar as the last third starts up. Some molasses and earth finish each draw, with the earth lingering into the post draw. As the last third settles in, a general lingering cedar joins the profile.

Burn

The burn line was wavy throughout and required a touch-up at the end of the first third. The cigar went out in the second third and required a re-light. The ash held on in inch and a half increments.

Burn

The burn becomes lopsided an inch in, requiring a touch-up. The ash builds up to 2 inches. In the second third, the burn becomes offset again, requiring a touch-up. A tunnel develops by the end of the second third requiring a third touch-up.

Draw

The draw started a bit tight and tightened up as the cigar went along and was pretty tight by the end.

Overall

The cigar began with a mix of wood, cocoa, mustiness and very mellow baking spice. The second third saw some barbecue smokiness join the wood and the cocoa dropped out. Some char then replaced the barbecue smokiness. The final third saw the baking spice depart and the char increased throughout and some bitterness joined in. Construction was average with some burn issues and a continually tightening draw. Strength was slightly above medium most of the way. The Diamond Crown Maduro Robusto No. 4 had a nice start with a good combination of flavors. As the char joined in the second third it knocked things down and as it built up in the final third, it knocked things down even more. The construction didn’t help as it wasn’t at the level that I’ve previously experienced from the brand. I might come back to this if a better constructed version shows a better overall flavor profile, but the price might temper that a bit.

Aaron
John
GoodPre
Light
Good
GoodFirst
Third
Good
AverageSecond ThirdAverage
SubparFinal
Third
Average
AverageBurnGood
AverageDrawAverage
SubparOverallAverage

Draw

The draw has a fair amount of resistance to it, roughly 3 to 3-1/2 notches.

Overall

The Diamond Crown Maduro Robusto No. 4 didn’t deliver an engaging or dynamic flavor profile that I would expect from a cigar with a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. Although the flavors were pleasant, they never combined in a way that would make this cigar stand out from other Maduros. Flavors included wood, baking spices, chocolate, sweetness, earth and molasses. At this price point, it might be difficult to compete with the vast amount of other Connecticut Broadleaf cigars in the market competing in this space. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 44 minutes.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

4.63

Cost/Point

$2.86

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

5.45

Cost/Point

$2.43

Scoring System

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