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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
I walked past this bottle a sum total of 400 times and never pulled the trigger on it because something always seemed like a better buy for it's price. I finally bought this guy and gave it nothing but high praise before having it. Now my thing is I quite enjoyed the younger brother of the Diplomatico's was it outstanding? No but it was a a very nice not just for the price but in general. So I finally decided to buy this ugly bastard of a bottle and give it a try. First pop of the top it has that same spice fragrance that Bumbu and Kilo Kai have in it. Which made me excited because for reasons unknown that certain spice is quite good at making a well composed blend, i.e. removing the alcohol burn and making it one complete taste. Pouring it in the glass you get an overburden of alcohol smell and oak. Which is fine by me. However 1 quick swig of this and even letting it breath you get a large bit of burn. It's a very dry burn too, the worst kind. Now I mean you get the oak aged taste with a very very minor hint of that secret spice however the harshness over powers the flavors. After incinerating my tongue with repetitive intake of said liquid in an idea that the harshness would stop eventually (sometimes the first sip of any rum can be harsh) to no success. Ultimately I have found that the anejo is a much better rum in both cost and taste and I will continue to buy that bottle it need be rather than this. Mixed down it's actually a very nice drink with some strong oak and alcohol flavor however when I am paying $40+ for a bottle I don't like mixing. I want to enjoy it for all it's worth rather than polluting with diet coke. Save this one for the shelves and go for the Anejo.
*PS the secret spice is banana
Si por primera vez tomas ron y pruebas este Diplomático, te vuelves fanático del ron. No se siente ni huele el alcohol, mucha vainilla y chocolate. Tal vez una dulzura exagerada, que para otros es muy agradable.
My favorite watering hole has 74 bottles of rum on the shelves. It took me some weeks, but I've had a snifter of every one of them (and took notes). For my money (and especially when you consider I like the sweeter stuff) this is the second finest glass of rum on the menu (only behind the El Dorado 21). That first sip hits all the right notes of vanilla, toasted caramel, and (stay with me here) a little wet leather. The second, third and fourth sips don't matter any more. Shut your eyes and think of Venezuela...
It's nice and it's drinkable - but it has the problem all french-style rums have, it's got lots and lots of sugar. Buy a cheaper rum. add a teaspoon of sugar and you'll get this.
This rum by far is the best I have tried! Lovely sweet molasses and excellent aftertaste. Wonderful with no ice or with ice! Why mix!!!
Very smooth over a bit of ice, excellent flavour. This is a great sipper for anyone looking for a starter bottle. Smoky dark bottle looks great on the shelf as well!
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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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