Diplomáticos No. 2 - Cuban Cigar Review
One of the more lesser well known Torpedos under general release, the Diplomaticos #2 is a light to medium bodied smoke with a delightful creaminess. A sunny yet unpredictable Saturday afternoon is the backdrop to this hour and fifteen minute smoke.
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Today.s review is the Diplomaticos #2, a light to medium bodied Torpodeo shaped Cuban Cigar.p>
Up until now I have never smoked a Diplomaticos #2. I've smoked numerous Dippy #4.s and #5.s in the past but I've never been at the right place at the right time to purchase this size in the range. When I was offered the opportunity to acquire three of these Cigars from an online forum I jumped at the chance!
From what I've read online over the last couple of years, the #2 is very true to the Diplomaticos range. The flavour profile is of an underlining creaminess with faint traces of nuts that isn't overpowering and can be enjoyed primarily as a daytime smoke. It will be interesting to see whether the #2 matches the same flavour profile as the #4's and #5's. With the bigger size and being a Torpedo, I wouldn't be surprised if the blend would be stronger than other.s in the brand.
Along with how the Cigar smoked, I'm very keen to find out how the #2 measures up against two of the great Torpedos that have come out from Cuba - the Montecristo #2 and the Partagas P2. When the Diplomaticos range was first drawn up, the target market were people who primarily smoked the Montecriso range. Therefore, they released five vitolas, numbered one to five in the exact same sizes, to mirror the five flagship Montecristo Cigars.
The Diplomaticos range turned out to be a slightly mellower, lighter bodied version of the Montecristo blend, and from the #4's and #5's I have smoked, it's fair to say the Diplomaticos don't have the bite of the Monty's. The Montecristo twang, that unmistakable flavour that is not overpowering but has a nice fruity profile, isn.t present in the Diplomaticos, but instead you have a more Cream Coffee profile.
Another Cigar that I have had smoked in the past that inhibits this kind of creaminess is the Juan Lopez Petit Corona. With around forty five minutes to an hour smoking time, this is one of my favourite lunchtime smokes. If you.re sitting outside a Cafe on a Saturday, with the sun shining, and you have a skinny latte on the go, then I suggest you try pairing the Juan Lopez or the Diplomaticos #4 with it.
I.m sat outside in the centre of Bath today. The weather is generally sunny, with the odd breeze. I.m slightly concerned that it will rain at any minute however - the forecast is promising heavy showers, and at the odd moment I can feel just the odd spit of rain.
Today.s beverage is Greene King.s Abbot Ale. One of the more common Real Ale.s available, you should be able to easily purchase this in bottle at your local Supermarket. I chose Abbot Ale because of it's smooth flavour profile. This is in part due to the longer fermentation period the Ale is matured for. The Abbott Ale you will find on tap in pubs is smoother still - it's almost like drinking milk! I'm hoping that the similar flavour profile will match well with the #2.
The #2 I'm smoking today is not a bad looking Cigar - it doesn't have the quality of craftsmanship of the Partagas P2 for example, but it's not a badly constructed Cigar at all. There is one thin long vein, but it's not unsightly, nor I feel it will impart on the overall burn of the Cigar. The foot is slightly cut, due to being in transit as part of two other Diplomaticos, but there shouldn.t be any problem in lighting the Cigar.
Compared to other Torpedoes, the wrappers of the Diplomaticos are quite light, with very little oil residue. The Montecristo #2 wrappers are usually of a medium to sometimes a dark shade depending on the Cigar you.ve obtained, while the Partagas P2 are usually all dark, with a very healthy oily sheen to them. Another Cigar I suggest trying to get hold of it you like the flavour profile of the Partagas P2 is the Bolivar Belicosos Finos. A slightly smaller, Torpedo shaped Cigar compared to the other Torpedoes mentioned here, has a slightly chocolaty flavour profile to the Partagas.
The cutting of the Diplomaticos # is a breeze. You should always find Torpedo shaped Cigars to be easier to cut than your normal shaped counterparts. Like I mentioned above, the foot was no problem when it came to lighting. It took a little bit of time due being outside, but after a minute.s toasting the Cigar is ready to smoke. So let the smoking begin!
In the first third, the key Diplomaticos flavour profile emerges. The smoothness, with an underlining white nuttiness hovering just underneath. While smoking, thoughts of Almonds came to mind. I.m not getting any sweetness however. There is some tobacco notes here, but the Cigar is so far smoking true to the Diplomaticos profile.
Getting an inch down into the Cigar, I.m starting to get slight burn problems. Maybe it.s the ever changing breeze that.s the problem, or my amateur attempts to light the damn thing is the issue, I have to touch it up around ten minutes into the smoke.
Around the second third to half way point, the strength slowly starts to heighten. Up until now, the profile has been light to medium, but the intensity of the tobacco gaining momentum ups the profile closer to medium than light.
It's fair to say that the flavour is unmistakably Diplomaticos. I was curious to see if the blend would be different, but I'm certain that the blend is the same.
Now well into the second half, some more touch ups due to the irregular burn are needed. The flavour profile remains the same - this carries on to the final third. There is no complexity in flavour progression, just the classic Diplomaticos flavour profile.
The rain has kept off, and the sun keeps on shining. It.s been a very nice hour and fifteen minutes smoking time.
Towards the last inch of the Cigar, I finish up and let it go out.
Overall, not a bad Torpedo. I would have guess that the Cigar is young, maybe a year old perhaps. I think a few more years aging would have helped bring out a thicker creaminess. I've had four year old Dippy #4's that are just gorgeous tasting Cigars.
Compared to other Torpedoes this size, it.s like comparing apples to oranges. The Diplomaticos were bought out as the alternative to Montecristo, but no way are they the same. I can.t think of any Cigars this size that the Diplomaticos #2 compares to in flavour profile. A truly unique Cigar.
If you were to ask me what would be the Cigar to begin a day's herfing with, I would happily suggest the Diplomaticos #2. Large enough to last you well into an hour, with a flavour profile to set yourself up for a day.s smoking fuller bodied Cigars.
Would I buy any more of these? The answer is a resounding yes! I cannot see these being in my daily smoking rotation, but they would definitely figure as a Sunday afternoon treat reading the papers with a cream tea and possibly some scones. Yum yum all round!
- Appearance: 12/15
- Draw & Burn: 16/20
- Flavour & Complexity: 26/30
- Overall: 31/35
- Total: 85/100
The No. 2 as of 2013, is the only Diplomaticos currently under regular production. Habanos SA have been slowly discontinuing the Diplomaticos year over and No. 5 in 2010.
Keeping with the Diplomaticos brand, generally the No. 2 wrapper has a rustic, somewhat veiny look to it.