Eric Newman Inducted into the Cigar Hall of Fame

Eric Newman Inducted into the Cigar Hall of Fame

Eric Newman Inducted into the Cigar Hall of Fame
 

Tampa, FL – This week, Cigar Aficionado magazine inducted Eric Newman, president and third-generation owner of J.C. Newman Cigar Co., into its Cigar Hall of Fame.  Established in 1997, the Cigar Hall of Fame has recognized 23 leaders for their extraordinary lifetime achievements in the cigar industry.  Eric’s father, Stanford J. Newman, was in the inaugural Cigar Hall of Fame class.  The Newman family now joins the Fuentes and Padrons with two family members in the Cigar Hall of Fame.

A grandson of company founder Julius C. Newman, Eric Newman was born into the cigar industry.  When he joined the family business in 1972, Eric’s first job was curing tobacco leaves in the basement of J.C. Newman’s historic El Reloj cigar factory in Tampa.  During the past 50 years, Eric worked his way up in the company and became its president in 1986.  His many achievements include relaunching the Brick House brand in 2007, building what is now the second-largest cigar factory in Nicaragua, and keeping the last traditional cigar factory in the United States open.  He is also a past Chairman of the Cigar Association of America.

Eric Newman Cigar Hall of Fame

“I am very honored and humbled,” said Eric.  “It is a privilege to continue our family’s 127-year tradition of cigar making.  It is especially meaningful to receive the same recognition that my father did 25 years ago.”

Today, Eric and his brother Bobby Newman lead J.C. Newman along with Eric’s son, Drew.  After 50 years in the cigar industry, Eric has no plans to retire.

“I wake up every day excited to go to work,” he said.  “Working in our family business is invigorating.  Cigars today are better than they have ever been.  I have witnessed the transformation of cigar industry over the past 50 years, and I continue to be excited for the future of our family, our company, and the cigar industry.”

 

    The following is Cigar Aficionado’s description of this award:

    “His familial roots in the tobacco industry are four generations deep. His knowledge of Tampa’s cigar history is encyclopedic. And his time in the cigar world spans half a century. That’s why conversations with Eric Newman are not only fascinating but highly educational.

    “The family business started in the late 1800s in Cleveland, Ohio, eventually moving to the landmark El Reloj building in Tampa in the 1950s. J.C. Newman Cigar Co. has some 22 million cigars made by hand in Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and a small amount in Tampa-all under Newman’s supervision
    and guidance.

    “Newman made a brave decision in 1986 when he, along with his brother Bobby and father, Stanford, bought the remaining shares of the business from his other family members. They mortgaged the factory for a bank loan to pay out the family in cash and put the company in negative equity. The La Unica brand, a premium smoke presented as a bundle cigar, helped to get them out of the red.

    “Today, J.C. Newman produces stalwart brands such as Cuesta-Rey, Diamond Crown, Brick House and El Baton. Newman has been industrious in his ability to lead his company into the 21st century by creating cigars that are both traditional and modern in style.” – Cigar Aficionado

    eric newman smoking a diamond crown black diamond cigar
    eric newman with his son drew newman posing with award
    2021 Cigar Industry Awards

    2021 Cigar Industry Awards

    January is a very exciting time of year for the cigar industry, and especially for J.C. Newman this year!

    January is the month when industry publications reveal their awards for the previous year – in this case, 2021.

    As we embark on 2021, here are the awards that J.C. Newman has been honored to receive. A huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who has taken the time to smoke our new creations like The American and Yagua, as well as our cigars that are tried and true. As America’s oldest, family-owned, premium cigar maker, we strive to bring quality products to market time, and time again.

    The American

    Perla Del Mar Corojo 

    Perla Del Mar Shade

    Yagua

    2021 Cigar Industry Awards

    2020 Cigar Industry Awards

    January is a very exciting time of year for the cigar industry, and especially for J.C. Newman this year!

    January is the month when industry publications reveal their awards for the previous year – in this case, 2020.

    As we embark on 2021, here are the awards that J.C. Newman has been honored to receive. A huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who has taken the time to smoke our new creations like The American and Yagua, as well as our cigars that are tried and true. As America’s oldest, family-owned, premium cigar maker, we strive to bring quality products to market time, and time again.

    The American

    Yagua

    Diamond Crown Maximus

    La Unica 400

    Diamond Crown Maduro No. 4
    2021 Cigar Industry Awards

    2019 Cigar Industry Awards

    January is a very exciting time of year for the cigar industry, and especially for J.C. Newman this year!

    Not only does January kick off the celebration of our 125th year as a company, but it is also the month when industry publications reveal their awards for the previous year – in this case, 2019.

    As we embark on 2020, here are the awards that J.C. Newman has been honored to receive. A huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who has taken the time to smoke our new creations like The American, as well as our cigars that are tried and true. As America’s oldest, family-owned, premium cigar maker, we strive to bring quality products to market time, and time again.

    The American

    J.C. Newman Cigar Co.

    Diamond Crown No. 6

    Diamond Crown No. 3

    Black Diamond Radiant 
    Diamond Crown Received No. 6 from Tobacco Business

    Diamond Crown Received No. 6 from Tobacco Business

    The Diamond Crown No. 3

    Tobacco Business Magazine recently named the Diamond Crown No. 3 as #6 in their lineup of Top 25 Cigars.

    Our line of Diamond Crown cigars is one of our proud legacies here at J.C. Newman, and we are honored to have it make yet another cigar industry publication list. We are but one of 25 distinguished companies on this list and are proud to appear alongside them.

    The Diamond Crown Cigar Profile

    The Diamond Crown No. 3 has been given a lot of reviews in the past and received a number of tasting notes from distinguished cigar industry professionals.

    “Thick and pale with an easy draw and semi-even burn. The smoke is not particularly heavy in texture and the cigar’s salty start mellows to show light creaminess.”

    “This squat cigar has an even draw and burn, delivering smooth, soft smoke that is mild and nutty. A well-balanced smoke.”

    • Size: 6 1/2 X 54
    • Wrapper: Connecticut Shade
    • Binder: Dominican Republic
    • Filler: Dominican Republic
    • Strength: Medium

    The Diamond Crown Story

    In celebration of J.C. Newman Cigar Company’s 100th Anniversary in 1995, Stanford Newman joined Carlos Fuente, Sr., to develop an exceptional series of Super Premium cigars. Stanford dreamed of making the best cigar in the world with no regard for how long it would take or how much it would cost, his dream was realized in the Diamond Crown cigar.

    Handmade in the Dominican Republic by the world-renowned Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia, Diamond Crown cigars are rolled by the very best Master Rollers and undergo rigid quality standards before public release.

    Today, the Diamond Crown name has been extended into a complete line of cigar merchandise and accessories as well as a luxury experience in the Diamond Crown Cigar Lounge.

    The Black Diamond Radiant Receives 95 Rating

    The Black Diamond Radiant Receives 95 Rating

    The Diamond Crown Black Diamond 

    Cigar and Spirits Magazine recently rated the Diamond Crown Black Diamond as a 95.

    The Black Diamond Cigar Profile

    The Cigar and Spirits Magazine reviewer gave the following tasting notes. “This dark and toothy robusto burns evenly with an open draw that shows notes of pepper, charred oak, and a bit of licorice sweetness. The cigar reviewed was a Black Diamond Radiant. 

    • Size: 4.5 X 54
    • Wrapper: Sun Grown Connecticut Maduro
    • Binder: Dominican Republic
    • Filler: Dominican Republi

    The Black Diamond Cigar Story

    The Diamond Crown Black Diamond is available in three sizes: Emerald, Marquis, and Radiant. 

    The Radiant recently received a 95 rating from Cigars and Spirits Magazine. Featuring a Connecticut Havana Seed Wrapper, and Dominican Republic Binder and Filler, the Black Diamond is handmade in the world-renowned Tabacalera A. Fuente. 

    This cigar is in limited production and is only available in select retailers as the fourth and latest installment in the Diamond Crown Royal Family series of cigars. Tje small batch allows for we the highest standards of quality assurance for each stick.