Diplomaticos No. 2

Diplomaticos No. 2

Origin : Cuba
DiplomaticosFormat : Piramide
Size : 156 x 20.64 mm
Ring : 52
Weight : 14.26 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each
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This is my second try at a Diplomaticos No. 2. The first one I had tasted a little basic and unrefined so I gave this second one a little over a year in my humidor to see how it progressed. Unfortunately this will be the only size left in the marque very soon as the Diplomaticos No. 4 and No. 5 have been discontinued.

Appearance : ★★★★½
This is a rustic looking, yet gorgeous cigar. It had a beautiful Colorado Maduro shade wrapper that is oily and toothy with some large veins. It had a rich and leathery prelight smell.

Construction : ★★★★☆
This cigar was well made overall. The draw was perfect, which is all you can really ask for when it comes to Cubans. Though it did suffer from a staggered draw, which required a couple touch ups.

Flavor : ★★★½☆
The 1st half of this cigar was earthy and peppery, which was enjoyable. However, it was not as smooth as I would have liked it to be. Some hints of leather entered in the picture around the midsection. Then as it progressed into the 2nd half the peppery taste began to be replaced by black licorice, which intensified toward the end. The black licorice taste reminded me of a non-Cuban maduro and I'm not really a fan of this taste. Overall, this is a very complex, medium - full bodied smoke.

Value : ★★★★☆
Pricing on this cigar varies greatly with this cigar costing me around $8. At this price point it is a great buy.

Overall Rating : ★★★½☆
This is an example of a high quality cigar that just didn't fit my palate. So even though I won't be running out to buy a box, I respect it. It also didn't have enough of the silky smoke texture that I crave in a Habanos. However, if you enjoy the flavor of non-Cuban maduros then you would be well served in giving this cigar a try.

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8 Comments on “Diplomaticos No. 2”

  1. Nice review of a rather rustic but wonderful cigar. I detected a barnyard taste in it – a noble one like in a fine, well aged, Pinot Noir.
    I am not a fan of bold, full bodied cigars but the Diplomaticos No.2 is one of my all time favorites.
    I am though intrigued that Manuel Quesada has copied the band for his dominican Licenciados cigars. Even the fonts are the same …

  2. I’m glad you managed to get some flavor out of these cigars. Mine were really disappointing, tasting like cheap non-Cuban maduros (as you described) at best, and this is not something that I enjoy in a cigar. They miss that Cuban refined taste.

    However, they do have a considerable followship and hopefully they won’t disappear. Habanos might want to boost the brand with some regional editions..

  3. please explain the term ‘cheap non-cuban maduros’? :) are we talking Perdomo-cheap, or something else (even cheaper)? I ask because I like Perdomo maduros, and I don’t think I ever heard about Diplomaticos, but your review actually had me thinking about getting a couple ..

  4. oh, and that picture just looks yummy :D

  5. I was thinking more along the lines of non-Cuban maduros in general. I’ve had ones that were expensive and ones that were cheap, and they both seem to share a similar taste profile. One aspect of this, at least in my interpretation, is a taste of black licorice. It unfortunately is a taste I don’t care for, so I tend to avoid maduros all together. In my experience, this flavor is unusual in Cuban cigars.

  6. John Werner says:

    This is a “change-up” CC for me. I find it quite unique. To my taste it is very peppery and quite woody. There is some fermented grassiness that is likely the barnyard element, but it is not as pronounced as the pepper and woodiness. I guess one could say it can be a bit strident if inhaled strongly thus I recommend a very liesurely draw. While certainly not my favorite CC I like the stick and seek it on occassion for variety. I think it is quite good in that way.

  7. Can’t quite decide if I like these or not, just something missing for me. However, I agree with one of the above posters, it is a good change of pace smoke.

  8. ChurchilltheBull says:

    Wonderful cigar, specially for the low price. One of my fav.

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