JC Newman Brick House Cigar Review Ep39
Brick House Cigar Review – JC Newman Brand History pt.1:
Welcome to the Dr. Joe Show! Over the next four episodes, we will be covering the great American cigar company, JC Newman. To start things off, we’ll be smoking and rating the Brick House Churchill. First released in 1937 as a cigar composed of a Cuban blend, today’s Brick House line is what we call a “revival brand.”
JC Newman Cigar Co. was founded in 1895 by Julius Caeser Newman – a young Hungarian immigrant who was given his middle name, complete with misspelling, upon passing through Ellis Island. Initially, he had been working for a cigar manufacturer after studying the trade as an apprentice. However, a sudden recession soon left Newman without a job. Determined to make a better life for himself and his family, Newman constructed a single rolling table and began producing his own cigars in the family barn. It wasn’t long before he landed his first order – and JC Newman Cigar Company was born.
The company prospered and grew until the great depression when, in a bid for survival, Newman merged his company with another cigar firm by the name of Mendelssohn. Together they formed, “M&N Cigar Company,” – a name that would stick for decades, even long after Newman managed to acquisition the entire company for himself. By 1937, Newman was just a year away from that moment and it was then that the concept for the Brick House cigar line came to him.
Brick House was a brand formed out of nostalgia and reminiscence. The “brick house,” was Newman’s childhood home while growing up back in Hungaria. The family lived on the second floor, while the first floor was dedicated to the local tavern which the family also owned and operated. The creation of the early Brick House brand signifies a “back to roots,” mentality and the importance of family.
Today’s Brick House is composed of Nicaraguan tobacco, but what it stands for is no different. The cigar we’re smoking here, dubbed “Churchill,” does not conform to the classic 7″ x 47 format and actually measures in at 7.25″ x 50.
This episode marks a very important moment for the Dr. Joe Show as it is the first released since the major format revisions and technical overhauls were applied. Please remember that there will now be only one part for each episode number. However, brand history will run through several episodes per brand, with each episode dealing with a different cigar. In this case, JC Newman will be covered through episodes 39 – 42. Many of the changes we’ve implemented and elements such as new lighting and a second camera, are still not evident in this initial release of the new format. We will be ironing out the remaining kinks over the next few releases. Thanks so much for watching The Dr. Joe Show – “Pure Cigar Entertainment!” Keep on Smokin’!