I’ll be reviewing the diamond crowns contribution to the 2011 cigar family charitable foundation.this foundation was started to build a wing onto a School in the dominican republic and has grown since then into a worthwhile endevor.I urge you to check out their website as they are involved in some great projects helping out children. I would also like to thank those officers who gifted me this cigar at my retirement.The cigar is composed of rare and aged tobacco, and is rolled by the Fuente Family in the Dominican Republic at Tabacalera A. Fuente. The cigar features an Ecuadorian wrapper, and is composed of a robust blend of Central american filler. This is all I could find out on this exclusive blend. The cost is 25.00$ to 35.00 $ with all profits going to the charity.The wrapper has an oily sheen and appears to be a broad leaf wrapper.
THE FIRST THIRD; in a word WOW. I was greeted right from the firsts puffs with strong flavors of smoked almonds&cracked pepper.There was also an underlying strain of sweet honysuckle.the draw was perfect with plumes of blue/white smoke wafting into the air.I can say that I don’t think I have smoked such a power house of flavors right off the bat before.
SECOND THIRD: the flavors melded down to hints of toasted almond and dark chocolate. towards the end of the second half notes of that honeysuckle sweetness re-emerged.The burn was perfect and the draw remained also.The ash was thick and banded and clinged to the end of the cigar tightly.
LAST THIRD: With the continuing underlay of honey suckle I detected notes of mustard. there was a pervasive sweetness wich rolled around my palate. If my mouth could dance it was in full Ted Nugent wango tango! I smoked this untill I was almost burning my finger tips off.
THE WRAPP UP: Ok at the price point this vitola did every thing it should. I was also blessed with some 60deg.weather to smoke it in. The only down side is when reaching for the cigar poised on my stinky ashtray I knocked it in.So I lost my shot of the ash still clinging almost all the way to the end.obviously this is a celebratory cigar wich comes packaged with an opus x. However if you’re looking for something special to celebrate with and contribute to a worth while cause while doing so;Then you can’t go wrong. all the best-smokinjoe