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When Stanford Newman, then president of the J.C. Newman Cigar Co., introduced the Diamond Crown in 1995 his goal was to create the best cigar his family-owned company had produced in its 100-year existence. The subsequent success of the cigar led to demand so great that buyers were limited to purchasing only two at a time.
Now, A. Fuente's Diamond Crown Maximus is poised to surpass its predecessor. It has taken Carlos Fuente Jr. more than 3 years to develop this complex, fuller-bodied taste, but it was worth the wait. Instead of Connecticut shade wrapper, the Maximus features an Ecuadoran sun-grown wrapper from the El Bajo region harvested on the Oliva family's Ecuador plantation. Carlos has selected leaves that are taken from the upper corona portion of the plant, which adds to the strength of its taste.
The filler and binder consist of a heartier blend of Dominican tobacco, and the smaller ring size of the Maximus — 50 as opposed to the original Diamond Crown’s 54 — allows a more concentrated stream of flavor with each puff.
The taste lies somewhere between a cappuccino and a double espresso — neither delicate and subdued nor intense and powerful.