Blind Cigar Review: D'Crossier | Diplomacy Series Golden Blend RobustoCigar Info

The D’Crossier Golden Blend from Pure Aroma Cigars Inc. is aged 7 years. The name D’Crossier comes from the surname of the grandfather of the owner, Isaias Santana Diaz. Crossier was a Frenchman who immigrated to Cuba in the 19th century after taking a shine to the beauty of the island and its tobacco. Following the familiar story arc, a young Diaz was inspired by his grandfather’s writings and decided to get into the cigar business. Years later in 2003 he began buying tobacco and in 2006 established his cigar company.

This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed.

Blind Cigar Review: D'Crossier | Diplomacy Series Golden Blend RobustoThe idea behind the Diplomacy Series is a reference to diplomats and their love for cigars. He sees the cigars as the embodiment of diplomacy. Making them, sharing them and smoking them is about building relationships and making friends. The Golden Blend comes in 5 sizes, torpedo, robusto, D’Corona, and Taino, and varies in price from $8.70 for a robusto to $12 for a Taino. It also features ligero that has been aged for seven years.

Blind Cigar Review: D'Crossier | Diplomacy Series Golden Blend RobustoVital Stats:

Vitola: Robusto
Length: 4 7/8″
Ring Gauge: 50
Country of Origin: Costa Rica 
Wrapper: Costa Rica Habano Criollo
Binder: Costa Rica
Filler: Costa Rica, Dominican Republic
Factory: Pure Aroma Cigars S.A.
Blender: Isaisas Santana Diaz
Number of reviewers: 5 () Ryan H. (Ryan H.) Eric (smalls29) W. (mdwest) ()
Price: $11.00
Age: 4 Months
Release Date: July 2013
Contributed by: D’Crossier

Blind Cigar Review: D'Crossier | Diplomacy Series Golden Blend RobustoInitial Impressions

Appearance: 90

“A nice looking cigar with a pigtail cap and a wrapped foot. It also has some nice lines with not too obtrusive veins and seams.” –Eric (smalls29)

Aroma: 88

“Nice mild earthy smells prelight.” – ()

First Third

Flavor: 86
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“Besides this being a bold cigar, there is a flavor of soil and rum. A strong flavor that reminds me of a strong drink. This one is very different from many of the other cigars I have enjoyed.” –Eric (smalls29)

“Very mild start on this cigar. Little to no spice coming through the retrohale. Decent earthy / bread flavors coming through but it seems hard to pick up a lot o flavor so far. Kinda bland. 8^(” – ()

Second Third

Flavor: 84
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“Starting out with the cigar completely going out, flavors remain the same for me… coffee, earth, and spiciness. No transitions have happened yet. After another inch of ash the cigar goes out yet again.” – ()

“As I take in the smoke I am reminded of the smell of fireworks on the fourth of July. That smell of gunpowder. The flavor on the other hand is a bold, dark flavor with a strong taste of either rum or American whiskey. I can’t decide.” –Eric (smalls29)

Final Third

Flavor: 76
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“No changes detected between the second and final thirds in flavor or in strength.” – W. (mdwest)

“Not much changing from the 2nd 1/3. Perhaps a little more vegetal notes coming through. I’m not really enjoying this cigar. Very little pronounced flavors. (Kinda bland throughout)” – ()

Overall Impressions

Draw: 88

“The draw is a bit on the loose side, but not bad overall. Its manageable.” – W. (mdwest)

Burn: 85

“Had alot of burn problems with the cigar it required one correction and burned funny for the remander of the smoke” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

Construction: 88

“The cigar grew soft in my hands over time. The wrapper did not burn evenly and caused it to have a very poor chimney” –Eric (smalls29)

Blind Cigar Review: D'Crossier | Diplomacy Series Golden Blend RobustoOverall Strength: Medium
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium
Experience Overall: 80

“The first third had me hooked but no complexity it was detected flavor wise. The poor burn of this cigar made it even worse as it went out as many as four times. Relights made the flavor profile worse and worse until it was completely on smokable and the final third. Hopefully this was just a dud stick.” – ()

“Just didnt like what the cigar was producing. It was not enjoyable at all. The first third was not bad at all but as the smoke went on it just got worse and worse. I had to stop just before reaching the last third” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

“The beginning flavors of rum and/or whiskey were a nice change. It was a very bod cigar and different from what I am used to. The downside was trying to keep the cigar lit. The first third burned fine but as time went on, I had to continually relight until I could no longer keep the cigar lit. Based on this experience this is not one I woujld want in the humidor.” –Eric (smalls29)

“Overall I enjoyed this stick quite a bit. It provided plenty of flavor without a big nicotine kick. I’ll absolutely seek this one out again after the reveal and smoke it again.” – W. (mdwest)

“This cigar started very mild and while I was hoping for some change, it remained mild and pretty flavorless throughout. While the cigar’s appearance, draw, and construction is very good overall, it lacked in flavor and depth. I do not think I would recommend this cigar.” – ()

Smoking Time (in minutes): 56

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Blind Cigar Review: D’Crossier | Diplomacy Series Golden Blend Robusto

Overall Score – 84 – Fair

  • Appearance 90% 90%
  • Aroma 88% 88%
  • First Third 86% 86%
  • Second Third 84% 84%
  • Final Third 76% 76%
  • Draw 88% 88%
  • Burn 85% 85%
  • Construction 88% 88%
  • Overall Experience 88% 88%