Team Cigar Review: Diplomático by Mombacho Robusto

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Cigar Details: Diplomático by Mombacho Robusto

  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Casa Favilli
  • Blender: Claudio Sgroi
  • Price: $12.95
  • Release Date: December 2019
  • Source: Mombacho

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

John-McTavish

 John McTavish

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Diplomático by Mombacho Robusto is dark brown with some darker marbling and has a couple of slightly raised veins present. The seams are smooth but slightly visible due to the color variation of the wrapper. The head appears to be finished with a double cap. There are two bands, both with the color combination of army green with gold borders and white lettering. The primary band has the Diplomatico name and logo while the secondary band carries the Mombacho name. The aroma from the wrapper is dark earth and hay while the foot brings a floral sweetness and some light wood. The pre-light draw brings cedar along with a mild spiciness on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

The Diplomático by Mombacho Robusto is double banded with a primary Diplomatico band, and a secondary Mombacho band underneath. Both bands are a dark green with gold lettering and accents. Aromas from the cigar include aged, sweet cedar, with hints of milk chocolate. Out of the foot, I was able to smell sweet raisin and cedar.

First Third

The cigar begins with cedar and a floral perfume note. At a quarter inch in, a fair amount of black pepper joins the profile. At a half inch in, the black pepper mellows and there is a pretty even mix with the cedar, black pepper and floral perfume. The retrohale starts with a slight black pepper bite and then a musty floral note follows. At an inch and a quarter, the cedar has the lead as some mustiness joins in and is even with the pepper while the floral note is light in the background. As the third comes to a close, all components come back to an even level. The strength in this third was slightly above medium.

First Third

My first third experience opens up with sweet powdered chocolate, baking spices and cedar to finish. Sweet citrus is present on the retrohale, finishing on the post draw with cedar. Syrupy sweetness joins the middle as the cigar settles in. Cedar moves up to medium strength, lingering between draws. Some malty sweetness joins the retrohale some time later.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the cedar and floral note are even up front with the black pepper and mustiness slightly behind. At a quarter inch in, a light char joins the profile. At a half inch in, the lightly charred cedar and mustiness are up front while the floral note and pepper are light in the background. The retrohale has the floral note start with a finish of the cedar. As the third comes to a close, the floral note increased to be right behind the slightly charred cedar and mustiness while the black pepper dropped out. The strength in this third remained at slightly above medium.

Second Third

The second third opens with sweet maltiness and a sweet finishing that moves into the post draw, giving way to cedar. That sweetness lingers between draws as the cigar settles in. Some citrus and sour combination joins the middle of the profile as it settles in, along with dry cedar on the post draw.

Final Third

The final third starts with the floral note slightly ahead of the musty cedar as the char has left the profile. At a half inch in, the musty cedar is up front with the floral note light in the background. The retrohale is an even mix of the musty cedar and floral note. The cigar wraps up with the musty cedar up front and the floral note light in the background. The strength in this third remained at slightly above medium.

Final Third

Toasted earth leads the cigar into the last third. Mild cocoa and sweetness makes up the middle of the profile as it settles in. Malty sweetness again is present, along with citrus adding more complexity to the middle of the profile.

Burn

The burn line was a bit wavy and required a touch-up in the second third and then a re-light in the final third. The cigar seemed to constantly want to stop burning and required frequent draws to keep burning and sometimes multiple draws were required to produce smoke. The ash held on in inch and three quarter increments.

Burn

The burn is lopsided as the cigar starts, eventually requiring a touch-up. The burn becomes uneven again in the second third, requiring a touch-up. No issues through the last third. Ash held on well up to 1 inch increments.

Draw

The draw started out fairly loose through the first third and then the cigar tightened up and was equally as snug the rest of the way.

Overall

The cigar began with cedar and a floral note. Fairly quickly, some black pepper joined and some mustiness later on. The second third saw some char join and near the end the pepper left. The char dropped out in the final third. Construction was so so with the burn being quite annoying with the cigar always wanting to go out. Strength was slightly above medium the whole way. The flavor profile of the Diplomático by Mombacho Robusto was pretty nice with the core of cedar, floral notes, black pepper and mustiness. The end of the second third saw some components start dropping out and the final third was just the musty cedar and light floral note. A floral note can be polarizing, but it’s a component I enjoy and thought it was a nice presentation for the brand where I haven’t really gotten it before. This is a nice addition to the portfolio for the brand and this is a cigar I’d have no problem returning to. I’d really like to pair it with the Diplomatico rum to see how they work together, but this isn’t a cigar that requires a pairing as it stands up well on its own. I just hope that the construction issues don’t appear in future experiences.

Aaron
John
GoodPre
Light
Good
GoodFirst
Third
Good
GoodSecond ThirdGood
AverageFinal
Third
Good
SubparBurnGood
GoodDrawAmazing
GoodOverallGood

Draw

The draw was up to 1 notch into the open spectrum, but still in the ideal zone for resistance.

Overall

The Diplomático by Mombacho Robusto was a consistently good experience from the first third all the way to the end of the last third. Flavors were nuanced, balanced and included notes such as powdered chocolate, baking spices, cedar, citrus, maltiness and toasted earth. I would happily light up another of these if I had the opportunity. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 29 minutes.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.12

Cost/Point

$2.12

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

6.97

Cost/Point

$1.86

Scoring System

Team Cigar Review: Diplomático by Mombacho Robusto
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