The Diplomaticos was introduced to the world in 1966 as a supporting brand to Montecristo which were selling so fast, supply could not cope. Branded as a “cheaper” alternative to Montecristo, the Diplomaticos used a slightly different blend of tobaccos to attain that unique Montecristo taste. This copy-cat attempt failed miserably, and its safe to say, that this was one failure that aficionados everywhere fully appreciate — the Diplomaticos, being slightly different from its Monte cousins, is now a firm favourite among cigar aficionados.
Diplomaticos follows the same naming convention as Montecristo for all its vitolas. Therefore, the #2 refers to the torpedo figurado in both brands.
The visual test was quite good. A nice, light natural (though not claro, yet) wrapper with very fine veins. A sleek, comfortable look to this cigar – 6.5 inches, 52 ring at its widest point. The scent test was very, very good. A quiet little thrill putting this cigar under your nose and breathing in deeply! Fresh tobacco scents, with a dice of spice and cedar. Quite delightful, refreshing.
Lighting this cigar just took a moment, a quick lick of the flame and a gentle draw and it was away. Of particular praise is the fact that this cigar burned evenly from the very first draw — unlike the Montecristo #2 which took at 2-3 inches before it righted itself. The draw is just nice too, a tad bit looser than the Monte #2. I suspect, by the feel, the Diplomaticos is also a bit lighter in weight than the Monte. Less tobacco used, perhaps?
(Image lost) Consistently even burning all the way to the end
Taste wise, the Diplomaticos is fantastic! A remarkable cigar with mellow tobacco spice notes to start, large hints of vanilla throughout, and a truly unique cedary finish as you approach the final third. Very fresh and aromatic smoke is produced with each draw; volume of smoke clearly more than that produced by the Montecristo #2.
There are two things about the Diplomaticos #2 that works against it in the Battle of the Torpedoes: it burns a tad bit too quick (too loosely bunched, too little tobacco used in the filler), and it doesn’t deliver a lasting and distinct after-taste (finish). While the Monte #2 took the better part of 100 minutes to burn to the stub, the Diplomaticos #2 was over by about 70-80 minutes. I admit i tend to smoke quite quickly, but i applied similar smoking methods to both cigars, and still one lasted nearly 30 minutes longer. Also, the distinctively wonderful aftertaste provided by Montecristo cigars is obviously missing in the Diplomaticos. Once this cigar is done, its taste leaves your palate very quickly. Depending on the type of smoker you are, this is either very good, or not good. I tend to like the finish to linger for as long as possible, especially if its from as good a cigar as the Montecristo #2.
(Image lost) I couldn’t hold it anymore!
Verdict: A very very good cigar, and something that i’ll smoke without hesitation anytime. But for my money, the Montecristo #2 shades it by just a hair — if you gave me a choice of just 1 cigar between the two, i will almost always pick the Monte #2. The burn is slower (longer enjoyment), the finish is tremendous, and the spiciness throughout is more pronounced that in the mellow tones offered by the Diplomaticos #2. But, having said that, this cigar still receives My Cigar Blog’s “Highly Recommended” rating.