Team Cigar Review: Diamond Crown Robusto No. 4

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Cigar Details: Diamond Crown Robusto No. 4

  • Vitola: Robusto Extra
  • Length: 5.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 54
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Connecticut Shade
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Factory: Tabacalera A. Fuente
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $12.75
  • Release Date: 1995
  • Source: J.C. Newman

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

John-McTavish

 John McTavish

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Diamond Crown Robusto No. 4 is light golden brown and fairly rustic looking as there are some darker spots and a network of veins present. The seams are smooth but easily visible due to the light wrapper color and vein placement. The head is finished off with a well applied double cap. The band carries the traditional brand design. The aroma from the wrapper is primarily hay along with some wood. The foot brings wood, sweet hay and a light white pepper. The pre-light draw brings hay, light dry earthiness and a mild spiciness to my lips.

Pre-light Experience

The Diamond Crown Robusto No. 4 has a light Connecticut shade wrapper. Lumps are visible at many places across the wrapper. The band is gold lettering on red with gold, yellow and red highlights. Nosing the wrapper, I’m able to smell sweet wood and mild hay. In the foot, there is sweet raisin and tobacco at a light level.

First Third

The cigar begins with wood, light cream and cinnamon. At a half inch in, the wood gains a toasted note and the cinnamon has mellowed and morphed into a general baking spice. The retrohale carries the wood and baking spice at equal levels. As the third comes to a close, the profile is toasted oak with very light cream and baking spice. The strength in this third was mild-medium.

First Third

The flavor profile begins with light graham cracker giving way to trailing pepper which I get at the front of my tongue. The retrohale is very similar but with mid profile cedar that adds a drying component to the post draw. Sweetness carries from the front of the profile into the middle and intensifies to medium as the session progresses. Minutes later, mild cocoa develops on the retrohale. I found the first third to be nuanced and well balanced.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the creaminess increases a bit. At a half inch in, the cream drops back again while the toasted oak remains up front. The retrohale is toasted oak with a mild creaminess. As the third comes to a close, the toasted note is replaced by a light char and the baking spice is no longer present. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly below medium.

Second Third

In the second third, cocoa moves to the front of the flavor profile, with sweetness falling in intensity. The middle of the profile still maintains cedar at light plus. On the post draw, drying cedar steps up to medium, with bitter hay joining once the cigar has settled in. In the bottom half of the second third, the cocoa falls off, leaving hay and cedar driving the flavor profile. The second third was a step down in flavor complexity and balance when compared to the first third.

Final Third

The final third continues on with the lightly charred oak and mild baking spice. At a half inch in, the char reverts back to the toasted profile for the oak. The retrohale carries a combination of the toasted and charred oak along with some creaminess. At an inch and a quarter, the cigar begins to warm up which brings a youngness to the oak. As the cigar wraps up, the profile is young oak along with some creaminess. The strength in this third bumped up to medium.

Final Third

Cedar is the primary driver in the last third with drying and tannic cedar leading into the post draw. Some bitterness joins the post draw once the cigar has settled in. As the last third progresses, the bitterness takes over the middle of the flavor profile. The last third was a step down from the middle third, with the bitterness leaving an unpleasant flavor experience.

Burn

The burn was slightly wavy throughout, but no complaints other than that. The ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.

Burn

The first third has a slightly uneven burn with very flaky ash. In the bottom half, the cigar canoed requiring a touch-up. In the second third, the cigar goes out at the halfway mark, requiring a re-light. No issues through the last third.

Draw

The draw was perfect with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.

Overall

The cigar started with general wood, cream and cinnamon, The wood became better defined as oak and the cinnamon morphed to baking spice. The oak became toasted and later charred. The cigar started well but became fairly average by the second third. For the fans of traditional Connecticut shade cigars, they’ll find something they are familiar with and can enjoy in the Diamond Crown Robusto No. 4. The price point is a bit high for the offering and many cigars that smoke similar to this can be found for less. I’d have no problem smoking this again, but based on price, it wouldn’t be my first choice for this style of cigar.

Aaron
John
AveragePre
Light
Average
GoodFirst
Third
Good
AverageSecond ThirdAverage
AverageFinal
Third
Subpar
Very GoodBurnGood
AmazingDrawAverage
AverageOverallAverage

Draw

The draw was extremely resistant, I would estimate about 3-1/2 notches into the tight spectrum. Feeling the cigar, it was firmly packed with tobacco throughout.

Overall

The Diamond Crown Robusto No. 4 started out with some promising flavors that I found balanced and nuanced. The profile fell to an average Connecticut Shade experience in the second third and unbalanced, bitter and harsh in the last third. I found the overall experience to be average. The profile never moved above medium strength. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 17 minutes.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.00

Cost/Point

$2.12

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

5.10

Cost/Point

$2.50

Scoring System

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