June 4, 2012
Origin : Cuba
Format : Petit Corona
Size : 40 x 102 mm (4.0)
Discontinued : 2010
Price : ~$8 each
Diplomaticos No. 5 is an early 1966 release and it was discontinued in 2010. This was a gift from a good friend of mine for a trade I had organised. I had never smoked one and I was very intrigued by the small size with the Diplomaticos ring. It looks unique for some reason.
Appearance : [rating:2.5/5]
The wrapper is colorado and has a red hue to it. It looks almost like dirt. There aren’t many veins on the wrapper but some sort of darker areas. It is an average looking stick.
Construction : [rating:3/5]
It shows good workmanship, nice firm feeling in the hand and the cap looks just right. I was able to give it a good cut and it had a great draw.
Flavor : [rating:3.5/5]
The aroma at cold has a minty flavor to it.
It starts with a good sweet tobacco flavor, which is very welcoming. I am amazed at how clean, short and crisp the finish of this cigar is. It’s like pulling the handbrake at 20 km/h, it stops as soon as you pull it. Also, the smell from this cigar has loads of spices but almost none in the smoke it produces. We are sitting at a medium light body. This seems right for this cigar but the body is fluctuating a bit from after each drag.
After adjusting a bit, this petit corona is giving me some nutmeg flavor while sitting at medium body. My girlfriend, Eve, shows up to see if I am enjoying my cigar, she proceeds to take a puff and she says it tastes like a biscotti. And it does. She is spot on. There is a lot of nicotine in this, I can feel it creeping up on me, and so I step back a bit. The end of the second third is kind of bland.
There is a light sweetness, cherries that are not constantly there but they come and go. The sweet tobacco is still present. The finish is short and very sharp like the expression stopping on a dime. I can’t say the last part of this cigar has impressed me much, it is a bit bland. There is a lot of nicotine here as well. I can feel my tongue tingling from it. It is too hot to nub, time to put it to sleep.
Value : [rating:3/5]
This is a pretty good cigar and it performed pretty well. I wasn’t blown away but I would do a box split on these. Don’t buy these at full vintage retail price but if you can score a few; do it.
Overall Rating : [rating:3/5]
The Diplomaticos 5 didn’t rock my world but I believe they had a place in the Habanos SA portfolio. All in all, a good smoke worth trying.
April 22, 2013
My Review of the Diplomaticos No. 5
This is another size that I have been meaning to try for a while. The Cubans make good little cigars that are often much more tasty than their fatter big brothers.
The wrapper is a bit interesting; it is a little darker than your standard Havana wrapper. This might indicate a rich little flavor bomb!
The draw is very nice, much easier than the Sancho Panza Molinas I had earlier.
It took light nicely and unloaded a rich black coffee and a musky earthiness on me from the first puff.
The burn was dead even and it delivered consistent voluminous plumes of smoke.
Don’t forget folks that the Diplomaticos line is basically an inexpensive Montecristo as the blends are almost identical.
My only complaint is that because it is so short, my fingers started burning a lot quicker!
Rating: 89 (B+)
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