Team Cigar Review: Diamond Crown Maximus Toro No. 4

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Cigar Details: Diamond Crown Maximus Toro No. 4

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian El Bajo Sungrown
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Factory: Tabacalera A. Fuente
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $14.75
  • Release Date: 2005
  • Source: J.C. Newman

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Diamond Crown Maximus Toro No. 4 is marbled dark brown and has a network of prominent veins that are a bit raised. The seams are smooth but visible due to the color variation and vein placement, The head is finished off with a decently applied set of caps. The band is vary ornate with a crown at the top and denotes the brand and line name. The aroma from the wrapper is wood and damp earth while the foot brings sweet cedar and mustiness. The pre-light draw brings a complex cedar along with a mid level spiciness on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

The Diamond Crown Maximus Toro No. 4 has a gold Toro No. 4 on the cellophane. The tear point on the UPC sticker is designed to leave the UPC intact when the cellophane is opened. The wrapper on the cigar is a mottled, dark chocolate color. Aromas from the cigar include a sweet bread, mild cedar, graham cracker and some faint yeast notes. In the foot, I was able to pick up only sweet plum.

Pre-light Experience

The Diamond Crown Maximus Toro No. 4 has a darker roast espresso bean brown to the wrapper. Veins are roughly pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll slightly lumpy and head well wrapped. Aromas from the wrapper give cedar, barnyard and herbal tea. Aromas from the foot tell spicy cedar and roasted nuts. Cold draw gives cedar and hay.

First Third

The cigar begins with toasted dark wood and mustiness. At a half inch in, a slight char joins the toasted dark wood. At three quarters of an inch in, the char departs and the dark wood is now more defined as oak without the darkness. The retrohale shows the same combination of toasted oak and mustiness. The third wraps up with no changes to the combination of toasted oak and mustiness. The strength in this third was slightly above medium.

First Third

Light, sweet wood opens the first third. Creamy bread makes up the retrohale, finishing with light cedar and earth with the cedar taking on a mild drying component in the post draw. My initial impressions are that the flavor profile is much milder than I would have expected. By the halfway point, mild chocolate gives the flavor profile a boost. As the first third comes to a close, light graham cracker comes through at the end of the draw.

First Third

I find the first third’s flavor profile quite balanced. It’s got some nice minerals, toasty qualities (bread, wood) and it’s also creamy and sweet. Retrohaling brings up more of the minerals and toasted bread. The finish is fairly long with oak and baking spices. Strength and body is medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, a light char returns to the profile. At a half inch in, the char is very faint, but still hanging in. The retrohale brings slightly charred oak and mustiness. At an inch in, the char has departed. As the third comes to a close, some light char returns to the profile of toasted oak and mustiness. The strength in this third remained at slightly above medium.

Second Third

The light graham cracker at the end of the first third carries the profile here. Cedar settles into the post draw, again with mild dryness along with tannins. As the second third settles in, mild baking spices join the post draw. By the halfway point, light plus earth joins the post draw. In the bottom half, the baking spices move up to medium minus intensity.

Second Third

Smoking through the second third and comparing it to the first third are almost two different profiles. There’s now an overcast of wood bitterness, which suppresses the other flavors quite a bit. This is especially prevalent on the finish. Strength and body remains medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the char picks up a bit as the rest of the profile maintains the toasted oak and mustiness. At a half inch in, the char becomes fairly light again. The retrohale is now just toasted oak and mustiness. At an inch in, the char increases again. As the cigar comes to a close, the profile is charred and toasted oak with light bitterness and mustiness. The strength in this third remained at slightly above medium.

Final Third

Light earth and cedar are the primary flavors moving into the last third. There is lingering earth on the post draw, and dry cedar in the middle. As the last third settles in, the cedar takes on a mild toasted quality.

Final Third

The wood bitterness introduced in the second third continues to wreck havoc. Although there was no tar build-up, I still cut deeper into the head, which unfortunately did not make things better. The flavors that I enjoyed so much within the first third are essentially gone. Strength and body finishes medium.

Burn

The burn was a bit jagged at times but never needed any attention. The ash held on through each third.

Burn

Overall, I rated the burn to be very good. Ash held on well up to 2-1/2 inches The burn became uneven at the halfway point of the first third, necessitating a touch-up.

Burn

The burn had a fair number of issues. Multiple touch-ups and a re-light. I saw my lighter a bit too often post initial light.

Draw

The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.

Overall

The cigar begins with toasted dark wood and mustiness. Some light char joined in for a bit and then departed and the dark wood lost the darkness and became more defined as oak. Through the rest of the cigar, the char popped in and out and changed intensities as the toasted oak and mustiness remained the core of the profile. Construction was very good and strength was slightly above medium the whole way. The Diamond Crown Maximus Toro No. 4 has a very elegant and silky smoking experience that was enjoyable. The final third saw a bit of a drop in enjoyment as the char played a bit more of a role in the profile. This is a long standing blend that has stood the test of time. While the price is a bit high, it’s a good experience that I would recommend in the evening after a nice meal. Definitely a cigar to look forward to and one that delivers consistently.

Draw

The draw had some resistance to it, roughly 2 notches into the resistant spectrum.

Overall

Overall, the Diamond Crown Maximus Toro No. 4 was pleasant, but the flavor profile had my palate constantly reaching for more depth and complexity. The creamy bread and mild chocolate in the first third had me hopeful that the cigar would develop more. Construction and draw were very good. I would revisit the Maximus in another size to determine whether a different vitola performed better than my experience. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 46 minutes.

Draw

The draw, luckily, was absolutely perfect.

Overall

The Diamond Crown Maximus Toro No. 4 started being a pleasant experience, turned into mediocre and ultimately a bit of a disaster. The first third was what I remember the cigar being (good). Minerals, toasty qualities (bread, wood), creamy and sweet. But starting from the second third, a wood bitterness and char came through that never let up. Overall average experience, but I’m honestly disappointed.

Aaron
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.57

Cost/Point

$2.25

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

5.50

Cost/Point

$2.68

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.45

Cost/Point

$2.71

Scoring System

Team Cigar Review: Diamond Crown Maximus Toro No. 4
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