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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.
Amazing caramel nose, could smell this stuff all day. Taste is overwhelming brown sugar. It's sweet but not overpowering with burnt caramel slight short nice finish. Easy to sip on, maybe a little too sweet for more than 1 glass and not hugely complex - a definite recommend for new raters.
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.
That rhum was tasty and very smooth. One of my best rhum!
Doux et Sucré - très caramélisé !
On adore ou on déteste le coté sirop, a vous de voir !
Super god - får sgwm af banen som noget af det første - meget lidt drikkelig
9/10 for the complex wonderful aroma, 6/10 for almost liqueur-like sweetness. Altogether, 7.5/10 would be fitting. If they dropped the amount of added sugar from 40g/l to 20g/l it would have been perfect, possibly better than Zacapa 23 Solera. As it is it's too sweet. I really enjoy it poured into a snifter glass, as if it was a good cognac, and just smell it for a while.
One workaround for the sweetness is to mix it 50/50 with Mount Gay XO. The resulting rum is simply perfect.
This one is very smooth and sweet tasting rum with nice fruits and spices aroma.
Another must have in my cabinet. Great value for money.
Tasty even for sipping, but for me its little bit overrated. On the other hand, for given price best rum there is.
Quit smooth moderately sweet, caramel but more. There is a definite complexity there but subtle.. outstanding sipper for the price.
I have tried Diplomatico two or three times and have always been satisfied, very easy drinking on a rock.
Rommen alle kan lide, og som man endda kan servere til dem, der ikke er helt så meget til rom.
The Nose, for me, was a little oaky and balsamic vinegar.
The initial split second it hits your mouth you taste all this opportunity for greatness, it just never achieved it.
It also has this Zaya like tone, there's this greasy finish with hints of artificial flavoring.
The lack of ethanol burn on the nose and tongue have caused a problem for me.
All the other flavors are now muted and dull. I would like this more if it had an Appleton or El Dorado 12 bite.
On the other hand, if you are new to Rum, this makes a great intro into Sipping.
Your gf or grandma could drink this.
After drinkinking more rum I found this unbearable.
Sweet - sweeter - reserva exclusiva!
Treat a person who never tasted Rum before and simply lay back and watch the expression on her/his face...
You just made another Rum lover!
All time favorite, unbeatable value for price. Use only peel of orange and an ice cube.
Modest, quite light, some smokey notes develop when let to breathe for a while.
Very liqueur like, sweet to the point of being distracting. Getting close to a ready-made old fashioned, almost needs water... The most well known offender of added sugar in rum, 40g/l(?).
Altogether its still a good rum, It does best as an unassuming evening sip.
However, I deduct a few points for the damage it, and other rums like it, have done to the the image of rum. Unlabeled additives prevent an otherwise top tier spirit from the recognition it deserves.
Tento veľmi kvalitný "dezertny" rum s lahodnou a sladkou chuťou je vhodný a hlavne obľúbený aj u žien.
Pre mňa až trochu prisladka chuť, vôňa ktorá oponuje ženám trochu u mňa zráža hodnotenie jedného z najkvalitnejších rumov v danej kategórii. Preto hodnotím 8.
Such a complexity and brilliance...Oh Lord! If a Little Bit less sweet, I would build it a Tempel. But still the best Rum for this price. Eating 5 Star Rums high price rums for breakfest. Go Diplomatico, Go!
Facile à boire. Bourré de glycol. C'est bon à boire dans les bars quand t'es déjà carpette. Ceux qui le notent à 10 ne connaissent rien au rhum. Définitivement le dernier de mon classement
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.
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