Diplomaticos No. 2

Diplomaticos No. 2

Origin : CubaDiplomaticos
Format : Piramide
Size : 156 x 20.64 mm
Ring : 52
Weight : 14.26 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$13 each
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Diplomaticos was created back in 1966 as a less expensive alternative to Montecristo cigars. The line of cigars was similar in sizes to Montecristo and they were rolled at the José Marti factory, home to the production of most Montes. Today, the blends are completely different and it's impossible to find taste similarities between the two. The No. 2 is a torpedo with the same dimensions as the Montecristo No. 2 that was previously reviewed on this site. It is approximately $5 cheaper, which would make it a good budget alternative if it had a decent flavor profile and construction. Let's find out.

Appearance : ★★★★☆
The looks are quite impressive. The wrapper is rustic, but still attractive. The smell emanating from the wrapper is nothing short of amazing - I immediately thought that this was going to be an incredible smoke. The cap seems to be hastily applied.

Diplomaticos No. 2

Construction : ★★★☆☆
Average construction. I have experienced some tunneling which needed regular corrections. After the second third, I've often been struggling to keep the cigar lit. The ash fell randomly between 1 and 2 inches.

Diplomaticos No. 2 
Flavor : ★☆☆☆☆
Nasty surprise. I was expecting a flavorful smoke, considering the pre-light smell but, instead, I had a bland, banal, tobacco taste. Some sweetness and chocolate notes were perceptible from time to time, but it didn't save the day. For 80 minutes, I tried to detect a flavor to my liking, but without success.

Value : ★★☆☆☆
It's obviously better to smoke one decent torpedo than two Diplomaticos No. 2.

Overall Rating : ★★½☆☆
I really hope that I ran into a bad batch. They are not as bad as Guantanamera, but I can still say that this is one of the worst Cuban cigars that I'm familiar with. I'm a bit surprised because, according to some reviews, they are supposed to be very good! I am curious to hear your experiences with this brand - please share them in the comments area.

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14 Comments on “Diplomaticos No. 2”

  1. My 1st Habanos was a Diplomaticos #3. I’ve been a big fan since. Never had a #2, but very disappointed to hear that yours didn’t perform.

  2. I’ve never had one myself, but my uncle told me to stay with the tried and true brands. These obviously fall into the other category. Thanks for the honest review.

  3. Well this is a cigar I always enjoy. I’m currently working on a box with the code FJN — JUN 05. So they are over 3 years old, but I’m not sure which plant FJN represents.
    I’d sure like to know what your box code was on these.
    My experience was a very well behaved smoke that has a really good profile that I liked better than a Monty 2.
    Not as powerful as a BBF, but more oomph than the Monty.
    I think that it is important to mention the Box Code for any Cuban cigar, just as you would mention vintage with a fine wine.

  4. I try to mention the box code when I have it – in this case, I purchased 6 single cigars from 2 different B&M shops so the box code was not available. Good to hear that this cigar works for you.

  5. Well I don’t know if I should add it to my list to try or to just stay away. But is sounds like a mix of review/comments. Guess I’ll put it on a list to watch. Thanks for the review.

  6. I have enjoyed the few I’ve smoked more than the one Monte 2 I’ve had. Good cigar.

  7. Oh thank god. I thought i was mad for HATING this cigar. It’s easily been the worst premium cigar i’ve had. it tasted like clay.

  8. I’ll put this on the no thanks list. not that I would be getting my hands on cubans any time soon.

  9. I picked up a box at duty free after reading a favorable review from another site. Being a fan of the monte 2 i thought that it’d be interesting to try a cheaper alternative. The first one i tried tasted horrible from the 1st drag… man was i disappointed. That was 2 months ago and now after that little time in the humidor, the 2nd one turned out to be a decent smoke. I think it needed some time to settle… i’ll let it sit for a couple more months before picking it up again..

  10. Sorry to hear about your bad experience with the Dippy No2. It’s one of my favourite cigars, I certainly favour it over the Monte No2 (but that’s just down to what I like). When I reviewed it I had a typically good example. They have a really ‘Cuban’ profile (I found): pepper at the start, then earthiness through the middle, finishing with rich cream and leather.

  11. Sorry to hear about you experience. I have two boxes in my humidor, love them and smoke them frequently.

  12. smoky the bear says:

    I just finished smoking one and maybe you should try one more. To me it was truly flavorful burned well my first cuban smoke and I enjoyed it to the end

  13. Aldo Mombello says:

    I have smoked many Diplomaticos n.2 and in my opinion it is one of the best pyramides made in Cuba. I have bought two boxes in Geneve in 2000 and 2002. All cigars have a good and complete taste, rich flavour variable from the beginning to the end with a costant light note of fruit like peach and apricot. Not very strong respect other pyramides like Partagas or Bolivar Diplomaticos n.2 is more similar to H.Upmann n.2 than Montecristo n.2. Nevertheless many expert smokers consider Diplomaticos n.2 a poor cigar maybe it’s true in the last years but not for the boxes exported in Geneve until 2003. This is obviously only my personal and unexpert opinion.

  14. ChurchilltheBull says:

    I have been smoking Diplomaticos no 2 for many years. I think your rating shows how individual taste and cigar enjoyment is. Just like wine. Especially when it comes to a brand that you do not have many ideas about. Who would criticize a Cohiba? :)

    Personally, this is one of my favorites and costs considerably less than many premium brands with the same quality. To my surprise only no.2 is exported ? I will prefer Diplomaticos before Upmann or Partagas any day :)

    But thanks for the review.

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