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Old 04-04-2010, 01:40 AM   #1
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Default Diamond Crown Robusto # 5 (Aged)

This cigar was part of a prize from a contest and I
was told it was around 10 years old. That makes
it the oldest NC Iíve ever had. Itís a short, stocky
robusto at 4 ĹĒ with a 54 ring gauge. The wrapper
was oily, smooth and completely blond in color as
only a Connecticut shade leaf can be. The cigar was
firm but felt light in the hand. The body smelled
of sweet, mild tobacco, and the pre-light draw was very sweet.

The initial flavors upon lighting were an almost
overpowering, floral sweetness, with a creaminess
to the smoke. I was trying to place what kind of floral
aroma it was (hops maybe?) when my wife came out
to say goodnight. She asked me what the hell I was smoking
and came over and sniffed the cigar. She told me it smelled
like I was smoking weed out on the patio. That was it!
The cigar had a taste very similar to real hashish, or some
really good chronic smoked with a vaporizer. It was
certainly one of the strangest and most unique flavor
profiles Iíve ever had in a cigar. The finish was very
short and clean, with a bit of tea to it, and there
was quite a volume of smoke.

The second third continued with this floral/weed flavor
that was very nice to snork, probably the most snorkable
of any NC Iíve had. In fact, this cigar was probably the
smoothest and most mild cigar Iíve ever had. The sweetness
was a little cloying at times, and the middle third started
to get a slightly metallic hint to the finish, that reminded
me of the zinc lozenges my mother gave me when I got sick as kid.
Along with the zinc flavor, a bit of grassiness started
to give body to the floral aromas.

Luckily, the distracting metallic tones faded by the last third,
which had an intensified grassiness, with a little bit of
a creamy almond sweetness. There was the faintest hint of spice
and a less distinct floral bouquet in the nose.

All in all, this was a very unique smoking experience, not something
I would necessarily seek out regularly, but an enjoyable experience
nonetheless. This cigar was the first NC Iíve smoked
that had a predominately floral flavor profile. While the profile
was different than say, the Medaille Dí Or series from Cuba,
it was distinctly floral. A big thanks to Ryan for this interesting smoke!
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Old 04-04-2010, 09:05 AM   #2
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Default Re: Diamond Crown Robusto # 5 (Aged)

Thanks for the review. I've been wondering about these 'cause I'm a fan of other Newman sticks; Brickhouse and La Unica. I'm gonna have to check these out.
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Old 04-04-2010, 09:08 AM   #3
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Great review, Clayton! I too have one of these to smoke, I am just hoping I don't get drug-tested at work after I do!
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Old 04-04-2010, 09:12 AM   #4
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Default Re: Diamond Crown Robusto # 5 (Aged)

Maybe whoever you got it from had it stored next to their "stash"

Good review Now I have the munchies
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Old 04-04-2010, 09:18 AM   #5
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Nice review and great pictures.
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Nice review! What a beautiful burn on that cigar. Never knew a blunt could be rolled so well!
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Old 04-04-2010, 02:25 PM   #7
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Intrigued by Clayton's review, I decided to smoke my DC Robusto today after brunch. I won't even try to compete with Clayton's exxcellent review, I will just post my quick thoughts.

Great draw and perfect burn on this cigar. Pretty mild and somewhat floral, although I didn't get that "weed" experience (and was a little disappointed I didn't...LOL!). Easy to snork and a floral profile, I probably enjoying this cigar because it was milder than a lot of the more recent NCs I have smoked, which can be hell on a nose-smoker.

Thank you Ryan for a cool and unique experience.
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Intrigued by Clayton's review, I decided to smoke my DC Robusto today after brunch. I won't even try to compete with Clayton's exxcellent review, I will just post my quick thoughts.

Great draw and perfect burn on this cigar. Pretty mild and somewhat floral, although I didn't get that "weed" experience (and was a little disappointed I didn't...LOL!). Easy to snork and a floral profile, I probably enjoying this cigar because it was milder than a lot of the more recent NCs I have smoked, which can be hell on a nose-smoker.
Thank you Ryan for a cool and unique experience.
I wholeheartedly agree, the easiness in the nose was a big plus for me.
I'm not too surprised you didn't get the same "weed" experience as I did. It was a subtle thing that I wouldn't have picked up on if I hadn't been a stoner for a good 13 years before becoming a family man. It wasn't a swaggy weed flavor like from smoking some Mex in a joint or pipe, just the clean hoppy floral flavor you get from smoking chronic with a vaporizer, or some honest to God hashish. I think it had to do with the tar content in the wrapper. A few times when I was touching up the wrapper some black ooze bubbled up right on the edge between the ash and wrapper where the wrapper was black and burning. That combo of burning tar and floral aromas just said "weed" to me
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Thanks for an enjoyable review. One question, Did you have to dig out your old roach clip to nub it like that?
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Thanks for an enjoyable review. One question, Did you have to dig out your old roach clip to nub it like that?

No, I save that for lanceros
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