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Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva rum is distilled from molassis in copper pot stills and then aged in small oak casks for on average 12 years before being bottled.
Produced in Venezuela, which has a rich rum history dating to 1896, the Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva distillery is located on the northern slopes of the Andes mountains.
Now this is some good stuff
Nose : sugar, fudge, cheap rum, cough syrup.
Taste : sugar, fudge, cheap rum, cough syrup. Very un-natural (who wrote about oak, vanilla or refined aromas? Where is it ??)
Finish : what ? Ah yes, some cheap candy aftertaste. And the need to drink a large glass of water after all that cloying , palate-drying sugar.
Worst than I thought. Very disappointed. It is not even a good flavoured rum liqueur.
This beverage dos not taste like an aged rum by any way. Everyone has the right to drink and enjoy it , I have no problem with that but please, please, stop to call it a rum !!!
Nez : sucre, caramel, alcool type rhum de base pour les gâteaux, sirop pour la toux (plus précisément : broncorhinol, pour les français!)
En bouche : pareil. Ecoeurant et artificiel. Qui a parlé de boisé ou de vanille, ils sont passés où ???
Final : arrière goût bizarre comme après un bonbon. Envie immédiate de boire un grand verre d'eau après tout ce sucre écœurant.
C'est bien pire que ce qu'on m'avait décrit. Une mauvaise blague, à peine un rhum arrangé, on pourrait peut être appeler ça "liqueur à base de rhum" ?
Cette boisson n'a en aucune manière le moindre point commun avec un vieux rhum. Chacun a le droit d'aimer ça, aucun problème... mais s'il vous plait arrêtez de dire que vous aimez le rhum, ça n'en est pas.
I'll give a mention to this fellow that nailed the rum review:
It's just too sweet for me. Rums by their nature will tend to have a sweeter note, but this is playing to a crowd that wants liquid candy in their mouth.
I'm currently experimenting with drier and spicier rums to mix it with in order to try and bring some semblance of balance.
For people who like sweet rums, this one should be a winner! The Diplomatico Réserva Exclusiva is a very sweet aged rum from Venezuela, which brings out his fruit and spiced notes without being strong at all in the throat.
I like rum, and I like it straight. Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva has that wonderful taste a sipping rum should have. It's smooth, tasty and has a nice little bite in exactly the right proportions. Without any overpowering flavors like so many other high end rums. Bottom line, it's absolutely wonderful. I've never found anything better, regardless of price. EDIT: I found something better! El Dorado 25 year.
Excellent rum in a lot of ways with a deep toffee aroma. A very sweet and round caramel palate, with a hint of vanilla. Enjoyable as a dessert after dinner. In the long run I find it way to sweet for a regular sipping though.
I love the long thin slow legs that appear above the golden brown swirl in the glass. As I bring the glass to my nose there is the reward of soft vanilla and a tinge of cocoa and molasses to tempt my taste buds. I find the sweetness a delightful accompaniment to the report of spices from my olfactory senses. The burn is gentle as the golden brown goodness rolls around the sides of my tongue and down the throat. A delightful sipping experience.
So it was (one of) the fist of my aged rums, and it's why I love them that much.
As I don't taste it from long time I'm normally objective on this ratting (and I'm more interested on some Bourbon now ;p ).
A nice smell of mixed vanillia and caramel and a bit spicy, who remember me the Rooibos (false tea). On the mouth the same flavor is present but more stonguer, giving a round and sweat rum, with a bit of astringent and a long sweet caramel/vanillia finish.
Realy a nice and good rum for everyone. A great first choice for start aged rum.
A lot of people will complain about the sweetness of this rum, or say it's not a "good rum" because it was sweetened after distilling. I'm not one of those people. I don't think that pouring a snifter of spirits should represent an endurance event. I want to enjoy it - and I definitely enjoyed this one. On the nose, I got butter, brown sugar and a hint of pinapple. I tasted caramel, vanilla, walnut and nutmeg with a hint of orange. Very little astringent burn on the tongue, and warm going down. A very nice rum.
My first foray into more premium rums and I was blown away. Beautifully sweet but not overpowering, smooth and perfect for sipping.
On a recent holiday to Keffalonia I spied a bottle behind the bar and asked for a glass (a Greek single is like a UK triple 👌) the owner was stunned I knew it and went on to tell me all the awards it's won and that UK guests don't know what it is... I drank the whole bottle that week and started the next one reminding me how easy it is to drink. What's more, at the price point it is exceptional value and easily matches or outstrips more expensive rums I've had.
I purchased this based on many reviews I had read online a few years ago. Boy it did NOT disappoint! In fact, at the time, it was the smoothest, tastiest rum I had ever had! Beautiful bottle that is frosted green with what appears to be a currency for the label. It looks great sitting on my or any bar. The nose is pleasant with vanilla and honey. The color in the glass is a fantastic rich cognac color. In the mouth, mild spiciness, wood, nuts and vanilla. Clean finish. Definitely a sipping rum and should be in your stash without question.
Well over 1,900 aged dark rums enjoyed and Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva is still on my Top 15 list after 15 years. It is sublime, very smooth, no burn at all and contains plenty of flavors plus it is the best price-quality ratio of any rums, period. If you haven't tried yet Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva, go quickly and get a bottle since it will set a brand new benchmark for your personal rum list.
Detailed scoring analysis:
10/100 Packaging, bottle and label design 9
10/100 Color of this rum 9
15/100 Nose test 13
20/100 Palate test 19
15/100 Afterburn of this rum 14
15/100 Availability to purchase this rum 15
15/100 Ultimate value for money 15
Total score 94
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"The palate evokes chocolate sauce and the sweet toffee, fudge and tropical fruit flavours from the nose"
"The nose is dominated by notes of caramel, toffee and crème. On the back end of the aromas, I can detect a hint of smoke and pineapple"
via Inu A Kena
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