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Friday, 14 January 2011

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jcpic1 J.C. Newman Cigar Company has quite a storied history. It's also a company that has produced several quality cigars over the years. Today we will profile J.C. Newman Cigar Company by not only discussing its background and history, but also by taking a peek at some of the cigars in its lineup.

Company History

J.C. Newman Cigar Company is the longest surviving national cigar manufacturer in the United States. While that claim is impressive, it becomes even more outstanding when you consider how the company started.

Julius Ceaser Newman, the company's founder, started his career in the cigar industry as a one-man operation in Cleveland, Ohio. Before taking to the industry in an entrepreneurial role, Newman worked as an apprentice for a cigar maker to gain experience. In 1895, Newman used his family's barn as his factory, and his first order was to roll 500 cigars for a local grocer. It was then that the J.C. Newman Cigar Company would be born.

The company managed to survive through many notable events in history, such as the Great Depression, World Wars I and II, the Cuban embargo, and more. It also managed to persevere through various changes in smoking legislation and taxation. As time passed, J.C. Newman would pass down responsibilities within the company to other generations of his family. His sons, Stanford and Millard, took control of operations and sales after World War II. Even today, the company is in the hands of its family members, as J.C.'s grandsons, Eric and Bobby Newman, serve as president and vice president.

Many of J.C. Newman Cigar Company's cigar lines have been praised across the industry. Let's take a look into what the brand has to offer.

J.C. Newman Lines

Diamond Crown

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The original Diamond Crown was created by Stanford J. Newman and Carlos Fuente, Sr. The two teamed up to create a an ultra-premium cigar in 1995 as a tribute to the 100th anniversary of J.C. Newman Cigar Co. Stanford's vision was to create the best cigar in the world, filled with complexity and richness. In order to achieve this, he felt that the cigar would have to be very thick. At that time, the thickest cigars had a ring gauge of 52. Stanford surpassed that by making the Diamond Crown with a 54 ring gauge, giving the cigar enough room to accommodate a blend of up to seven different tobacco leaves together.

Nowadays, the Fuente family is in charge of the original Diamond Crown's production at the Tabacalera A. Fuente factory in the Dominican Republic. The Natural version of the Diamond Crown has a Connecticut Shade wrapper, while the Maduro version has a Connecticut Broadleaf one. The cigars are aged five years, and have Dominican fillers and binders. Both versions are highly complex and also highly rated. The Natural version has a smooth and creamy profile, while the Maduro is said to be chocolatey. The Diamond Crown comes in various sizes, all with a 54 ring gauge or higher.






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