Hadassah: Hi, I’m Hadassah Hallman.
Kaz: And I’m Kaz Walters.
Hadassah: And welcome to another edition of
Today on Cigar Talk, we will be reviewing
the Diamond Crown Maximus, the Toro #4.
Now this cigar has got an El Bajo, Ecuadorian
sun-grown wrapper, and then the binder and
filler are Dominican.
The Olivia family contributed the wrapper,
and then the binder and filler have been contributed
by Carlos Fuente Sr.
Now this cigar is very much of a premium cigar,
not your everyday smoke, something definitely
comparable to a higher-end Padron, like in
What are you getting so far from this, Kaz?
Kaz: I’m getting like a really creamy nuttiness
We were talking about it earlier, like it’s
more like almond.
There’s a nice bit of spice, but not nearly
too much or overpowering.
It’s a balanced stick, and as I’m getting
down, I’m noticing there’s
almost like an oakey woodiness, but it’s still
rich and without being too decadent, it’s
got a nice rich, present flavor that’s really
I’m really digging it.
I do like that balance of the almond sweet
with undertones of that spiciness.
It’s not too much spice, black pepper to overtake
the cigar, but it’s enough to make it interesting
on that back, which I like.
Kaz: Oh yeah, and it’s something that the
complexity can be enjoyed without having to
I mean, just all around, you combined those
flavors, it makes it a interesting cigar,
but it’s something that it can still be a
It’s something that you can socialize, you
can talk with friends, but it doesn’t require
an intense study of it or a lot of nursing.
Hadassah: Right, exactly.
We lit these cigars, maybe about 10 minutes
We’ve been conversing, smoking back and forth.
The great thing with it, I haven’t had to
retouch it with a torch, it keeps going, and
that’s definitely what you’re looking for
in a conversational cigar.
You don’t wanna have to keep going back and
forth and having to touch your cigar up, so
that’s definitely nice.
Getting a good ash going on there, so we’re
gonna smoke these down some, and see what
Now now that I’m getting to the middle of
the Cigar, I’m starting to pick up on those
kind of oakey woodsy notes that you were getting
So it’s the spice is kind of fell more to
the background now, and now that oak and woodsiness
is coming out, which is nice.
Once again, it’s kind of changing as you smoke
Kaz: Yeah, it’s a very interesting and I think
welcome change because it’s not, it’s still
the same cigar, it still has that same profile,
but it’s like, what has the most prevalence
has shifted a little bit, and it’s very enjoyable.
These, is one cigar that I was not very familiar
with when I first learned about Diamond Crown.
This cigar has been out since ’03, but I,
like I said, it’s not an everyday cigar, but
this is definitely something if you wanna treat
yourself to now and then, get you a good celebratory
cigar, this would be a good one for it.
The price point on these guys are about 14
bucks a piece.
Definitely worth every dollar.
It’s probably gonna change once we get down
a little bit further, Kaz.
Kaz: Yeah, I anticipate that, and you’re talking
about celebratory, the band is certainly something
that marks a celebratory cigar.
Hadassah: The band screams celebration.
Very gold, flashy crowns.
It’s definitely beautiful artwork there, which
makes it nice.
Definitely helps with the presentation of
Kaz: Mark that special occasion.
Hadassah: That’s right, with a Maximus.
Alright, Kaz, so on the last end of this cigar,
what are you getting?
Kaz: I’m getting a, as weird as it sounds,
a kind of like an herbal, floral, it’s like
the woodiness has gone from nutty to woody
to this even more woody floral herbal thing
going on that’s really cool.
It’s a drier experience, but it’s really nice.
I mean, that’s quite a transition from the
first light to towards the end of the cigar.
Hadassah: For sure.
That nuttiness is definitely, it’s died down,
and yeah, that’s in the for…like in the
background, with that spiciness and that oak now, and yeah, I’ve noticed that
floral dryness kind of taking over the cigar,
which yeah, it doesn’t make it unpleasant,
you just notice that subtle change, which
is very, very nice.
I like it.
I will tell you folks, on the 18th of February,
we are hosting our third annual Low Country
Cigar Soire featuring Diamond Crown Cigars.
We will be opening that Sunday, which we’re
normally closed, but we open up for our customers.
We do 10 percent off of all sticks in the
humidor, 20 percent off of all boxes which
includes the Diamond Crown brand.
We will have David Ludwig in-house from J.C.
David is a huge fan of the Diamond Crowns,
have taught me everything I know, and he’s
a very knowledgeable fellow.
Tickets are $75 a piece, it includes
your Diamond Crown cigars, we’re gonna have
a bourbon tasting, we’ll have some scotches,
beers, the usual spread.
Jeff Martini will be coming in from Midtown
Bistro with dinner.
You’ve never tried Jeff’s dinner, definitely
come on down.
You can call us either here in store, or email
me, and get more information.
We are almost sold out though, folks, so definitely
go ahead and get your names in for that.
It’s gonna be an event to remember.
Kaz, we can finish smoking these Maximuses
I appreciate you coming in the lounge, having
a smoke with me.
A refined smoke means a refined gentleman like
Kaz, which is why we’re glad to have them.
Thanks so much, man.
Kaz: Thank you for the invite, I had a great
Hadassah: Thanks guys, and well see you on
the next edition of Cigar Talk.