Diplomaticos No. 2

Diplomaticos No. 2

Origin : Cuba
DiplomaticosFormat : Piramide
Size : 156 x 20.64 mm
Ring : 52
Weight : 14.26 g
Price : ~$8 each

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

Overall Rating : 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.