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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.
This is truly a fantastic Rum. You can taste a sweetness that damp the strength of the alcohol so it doesn't burn as much as many other brands. It's sweet, fruity and less smoky than most. It's definitely recommended on its own (I think even without any ice or so). It should be relatively cheap to find and so it's a good first step in the world of fine Rums without paying too much money for it. Recommended for those that like a sweet (but not artificial) taste in their drinks.
Finally had a chance to sample this one lately and was not disappointed. I'm not good at describing the different flavor components of rums but besides the normal caramel, vanilla and oak I got a definite hit of chocolate. Yummy!!! There is not a better rum available that I have had at this price point. Those of you who demean this rum need to go back to drinking your Budweiser.
Incredibly sweet taste – buttery caramel, butterscotch and toffee. It's an easy and kinda sirupy sipper. A true people pleaser rum (some would say liqueur).
I find it somehow similar to El Dorado 12, sweet, tasty and full of flavor, exactly on my taste. Nice sipping rum.
This was formerly my highest rated rum, which also happened to be one of the ultimate sugar bombs with about 10 teaspoons of added sugar, albeit well chosen for the flavors similar to how a great chef chooses spices for stellar dishes.
Since my only bottle that I took a risk on that exceeded my limit of $50 per bottle slowly rose to the ranks of a 10 rating, I had no choice except to compare the Columbian to this Venezuelan back to back. Sorry, but no contest, since Dictador XO Insolent wins hands down for having my only rating of 10. This DRE rum still ranks at the top of my very small pack of rums that I have rated as a 9, but only one rum of mine deserves a rating of 10 at his point.
Update: My first bottle is now long gone, but deemed to be one of only two sugar bombs worth replacing. The other sugar bomb is El Dorado 12. My new bottle will remain unopened for quite some time. When finally opened, I will record that date in my spreadsheet to make sure that it gets consumed within two months. Sugar bombs never last beyond 3-4 months due to oxidation in the bottle.
This one is also criticized for being a sugar bomb. However, it takes incredible knowledge of chemistry to create the perfect sugar additives. The master distiller for this rum obviously has this task mastered, which is no easy task, This rum will always be my guilty pleasure despite being a sugar bomb.
I quite like this rum (or is it a liqueur?) as a sweet, easy drinker.
Not too much at once, or it will tend to get sickly.
I suppose it is lucky that I do as it seems to be the only sipping rum offering in many of the standard bars round my way.
Sweet to the taste, perhaps a bit too sweet, but nice flavour and smooth enough.
Not much of a wow-factor for me, now I'm starting to get pickier.
Personally speaking, I'd rather save up for something like the Centenario 20 year for my personal stash, but very happy to quaff a couple of glasses if I'm out (& there is nothing better)
As rum classification goes, terminology seems open to interpretation. For me, this and other rums (Zaya GR-12, Centenario-25, El Dorado SR-15) fall into the category of Aged Amber Rums. Within that classification, Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva is #1 or #2. I lived in Guyana for 6-months and am partial to this type of rum. I find the nose to be vanilla with a hint of toffee and possibly nutmeg. It is smooth to taste and leaves a light spiced fruit and vanilla aftertaste. Best neat or with a few drops of water.
First things first: I have a sweet tooth. This rum is too sweet. It is also delicious and anyone who says otherwise is a snooty liar! Are we good? Cool. On to the review:
I was expecting this to be good, but I was not at all expecting what I got. I am not disappointed however. I was ready for this rum to remind me of summer days one the beach, but instead, I'm getting what I can only describe as "winter camping." The nose starts off with an assault of brown sugar and butterscotch, but after giving it time, it slowly opens up to reveal mint, smoke, evergreen needles and stone, and something that just strikes me as "cold." Entry is the smoothest I've encountered, thanks surely to the massive, undeniable sugar content. The palette offers rich vanilla, caramel, and campfire, along with faint undertones of spearmint and marshmallow. On the finish you get chocolate wafer, charred wood, brown sugar and tree sap, all accompanied by a comforting warmth that spreads throughout your chest.
Whether you want a winter mood-setter, or a summer time-warp, this rum is an absolute treat year-round!!
The Diplomatico Exclusiva Reserva has a delicious and inviting bouquet. The aromas coming from the glass are rich and luxurious. There is a whiff of caramel with accents of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and walnuts. Some oak noted from the barrel aging lies alongside the other scents and smells.
SWEET but naturally sweet..
There is a nice underlying nuttiness (walnuts and hazelnuts), some sweet caramel and some very delicious spices (vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar). As the glass breathes, The richness of the rum builds and I taste even more brown sugar and cinnamon with butter.
This a remarkable rum at any price. I’ve been sampling and experimenting with different rum for the past six months and this is absolutely my favorite out of the 30+ that I’ve tried .
As a rum it's a 3, as a rum liquor it's a 6.
Sugar test - 41 grams.
A Venezuelan friend introduced me to Diplomatico in Mexico City. My Brother had Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva at his wedding reception. Way too sweet for me! Cloying. Cacique on the other hand is a fine Venezulan Rum.
In general this rum is good and smooth good sipper. For its sweetnes and price it got not enough full body taste. Since its sweet and well known rum it tend to be overrated - yes there are better rums for its price.
Aroma: Sweetness dominates , then kinda fruity
Taste: Nice and smooth in begginnig due to its sweetness, little fruity then nothing big.
Pampero anniverasario: Pampero is cheaper, in taste its more full but less sweet.
Plantation 20yo anni.: For little more money you got much more in taste and aroma, plantation is little less sweet aswell
I was excited to try a dram as seing a lot of popularity over this one.
Very very, sweet aroma. Taste wise the flavour to me was strong amounts of honey.
This is delicious and I would use it to get people into rum. It's incredibly smooth. But after a while and after you've experienced enough rums you may start to find this just a bit too sweet and you may even wonder, did they put some extra sugar in here?
This rum is a great place to start entering the world of rum. In fact I think it is one of the rums (along with Ron Zacapa 23 solera and Eldorado 12/15 to name a few) responsible for the rum community expanding.
It is easy to drink with it's relatively low %. It's taste of honey, vanilla, and light spices makes it a good starting point for most people.
- you will most likely like this rum - and eventually want something more :-)
Well over 800 aged dark rums enjoyed and Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva is still on my Top 10 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
Here's my top 30 list:
1. Ron Tres Loco de Vinos from Vinoble Skanderborg
2. Ron Esclavo XO Cask Strength
3. Legendario Gran Reserva 15y
4. Cubaney Centenario 25-30y
5. Companero Panama
6. Ron Esclavo XO
7. Ron Millonario XO and 15y
8. Plantation Barbados XO 20th Anniversary
9. El Dorado 25y
10. Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva and Single Vintage
11. Presidente Marti 23y and 19y
12. Cubaney 18y
13. Pusser's 15y
14. Black Tot
15. El Pasador de Oro XO
16. Bavaro Black Ultra Premium
17. Punta Cana Esplendido
18. Edmundo Dantes 15y
19. Pampero Aniversario
20. Bacoo 12y
21. Ron Esclavo 15y and 12y
22. El Pasador de Oro Gran Reserva
23. Brugal Leyenda
24. Exquisito 1990 and 1995
25. Koloa Kaua'i Coconut
26. Plantation Gran Anejo Guatemala & Belize
27. Unhiq XO
28. Ron Hero 21y Solera
29. Punta Cana XOX
30. Ron Cartavio XO
As the title. Heavy vanilla. Thick siropy mouthfeel. Very very smooth but not suprising with the large amount of sugar added. Marketing got it wrong here. I think they forgot to add the word "liqueur" on the label.
I am surprised by the high average mark, but from the top:
Nice bottle, decent price.
Nose: sweet caramel and vanilla, lots of vanilla
Mouth: Dominated by vanilla, an amount that cannot come from a bourbon cask alone. Sweet figs somwhere in there. Very smooth.
Finish: gentle, almost no burn.
While I like a decent demerara rum like Zacapa and El Dorado this is way over the top for me. The vanilla kills the other aromas and feels artificial.
Wow. I knew it was going to be sweet, but I didn't realize just how sweet.
As others mention, there's VERY little bite, and only mild warmth on the finish hinting that this is actually a spirit. That's not a good sign. This stuff is basically spiked sugar syrup, and little else. The more complex flavors are almost totally masked by the sweetness.
After sitting in the glass for 15 minutes, the nose congealed into the focused smell of vanilla frosting. I don't think I could tell the two apart.
I couldn't finish my glass. Ice wouldn't help, and Coke has gobs of sugar already. I imagine this could make a killer Daiquiri... rum, lime, and no sugar. Still, I see this strictly as a mixer.
As even "Flawed with a glimmer of hope" seems generous, I have no reservation in awarding this my lowest rating to-date. And this is just a wild guess, but I think the imaginary un-sugared version would be still be only a 6. Too bad they have no incentive to change...
Tried a bottled of this, pretty sweet, but a good starter rum for sipping. I think the Ron Zacapa 23 was a little more balanced, but their both solid choices for sweetened sipping rums.
I love the flavor and that it has a gentle burn. First time I tasted it was on Crete, where I asked the bartender for his best sipping rom, and he came with the cheapest one. Not because of the price, but the rich taste, it has since been a part of my collection at home
Very good and tastes even better with some dark chocolate!
Diplomatico Reserva exclusiva was my first rum, still my favourite. On the other hand a lot of added sugar and higher price compared to.similar sweet rums.
This is a sweet and inexpensive rum. It will please just about everyone looking for a mellow sipper. What it lacks in the complexity that its older brothers, the single vintage expressions has, it makes up for in its low price. It becomes a little to syrup-like after the first glass.
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