J.C. Newman Diamond Crown Pyramid No. 7
You know the drill! Perfect weather, out back with my wife, dogs, a J.C. Newman Diamond Crown Pyramid No. 7 and a Bottle Logic Transmit in Color beer.
The Good Stuff:
Diamond Crown is a blend that most of us have come in contact with at least a few times in our lives. It’s been a staple when it comes to ultra-premium, mild/medium body cigars. J.C. Newman has introduced a new addition to an already vast Diamond Crown portfolio with the Pyramid No. 7 with is a 6 3/4 x 54 torpedo. The blend starts with a Connecticut Shade wrapper which J.C. Newman highlights as a “Connecticut Fermented Wrapper”. Under the wrapper is a Dominican binder and 5 different undisclosed fillers from the Caribbean and Central America.
The No. 7 joins seven other formats: No. 1 (8 1/2 x 54), No 2. (7 1/2 x 54), No. 3 (6 1/2 x54), No, 4 (5 1/2 x 54), No. 5 (4 1/2 x 54), No. 6 (6 x 46/54), No. 8 (5 x 58).
- Size: 6 3/4 x 54
- Wrapper: Connecticut Shade (Connecticut Fermented Wrapper)
- Binder: Dominican
- Filler: Selection fo 5 different fillers from Caribbean and Central America
- Body: Medium
- Strength: Mild/Medium
- Price: $20.70
- Pairing: Bottle Logic Transmit in Color (Imperial Stout 14.72% ABV)
Note: Big thanks to Cigar Coop for posting all the information obtained fo the above. You can read his review here.
The J.C. Newman Diamond Crown Pyramid No. 7 starts out with an incredibly consistent light/orangish brown wrapper. The wrapper’s texture is silky smooth with only minor oils coating it. The wrapper feels very thin and brittle so I didn’t handle it too much, but the cigar as a whole felt very light in weight as well as pack. The body of the cigar showcases only very mild veins as it leads through the cigar’s beefy body to the cigar’s tapered, pyramid style cap. The J.C. Newman Diamond Crown Pyramid No. 7 is then polished off with the standard maroon, yellow, and red band with the Diamond Crown crest we all expect.
The wrapper on the J.C. Newman Diamond Crown Pyramid No. 7 gives off a ton of honey and pecan aromas while the foot is much more earthy with notes of cedar and natural tobacco. The cap cut clean and easily using my Xikar XO double bladed cutter. The cold draw produces a sweet mixture of honey, cedar, natural tobacco and light clove.
The J.C. Newman Diamond Crown Pyramid No. 7 lit up with ease using my S.T. Dupont single flame torch. There was a small rush of black pepper that only lasted through the first few draws before completely exiting the experience leaving behind bold cedar, pecan, and honey with light notes of black coffee, clove, and vanilla. The draw is perfect. Each tiny puff kicks out massive clouds of thick white smoke which dissipated pretty quickly while the cigar releases only minor amounts of stationary smoke while it rests in my ashtray. The burnline is razor thin, and dead even leaving behind a trail of tightly compacted white and light gray ash which held on for a bit over an inch before giving way.
Into the second third of the J.C. Newman Diamond Crown Pyramid No. 7 and the flavors have balanced out a bit, but are still there in force. The cedar, honey, and vanilla now lead the way backed by black coffee, and pecan. The clove has made its exit. The retrohale brings out a little bit of spice that I don’t pick up during the normal experience so I find myself doing it quite often. I close out the second third with nothing in terms of a nicotine kick.
Into the final third of the J.C. Newman Diamond Crown Pyramid No. 7 and not much has changed. The cedar, honey, and vanilla are till in charge of the flavor profile backed by black coffee and pecan. Its not the most complex flavor profile, but it doesn’t need to be as I am quite enjoying it. I close out after about an hour and a half of smoking time which no harshness, nor extended heat and no nicotine however while the cigar smokes VERY fast, I needed to remind myself to slow down as on a few occasions my speed cause light sap to build up.
I have been gravitating towards more milder cigars as of late, especially with the weather warming up and the J.C. Newman Diamond Crown Pyramid No. 7 hits on all the marks that I look for in a great milder cigar. Flawless construction, great flavor profile, can hold its own against a bolder pairing while holding my attention. Yeah, its expensive, but the experience provided is a adequate for the price point. This is a cigar I could see keeping in my regular rotation for those awesome summer evenings.
Transmit in color is an Imperial Stout brewed by Bottle Logic out in California. Coming in at 14.72% ABV this stout is brewed with Mexican Bella Vista coffee, Ceylon cinnamon and piloncillo before being aged on staves from bourbon and tequila barrels. The beer leads with rich dark chocolate, dark fruit, black coffee, light cinnamon and brown sugar with a very heavy mouthfeel before finishing even sweeter with more dark chocolate, cinnamon, brown sugar, and vanilla. I only pick up a very mild amount of barrel as its overpowered by the sweetness and other flavors in the beer. That’s not a bad thing though as I really enjoy what the beer has to offer. The vanilla, coffee and chocolate paired up wonderfully with the flavors in the J.C. Newman Diamond Crown Pyramid No. 7 while the cigar held it’s own with such a full-bodied beer.