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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.
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
After drinking about 25 different rums at the UK rumfest 2013 me and my drinking buddy were blown away by this and both brought a bottle. Tastes like nothing else.. Smooth, great flavour, sweet but not to sweet.
Not to be mixed ...
Decouvert il y a 1 an et c est tout simplement excellent. ....
A bit on the sweet side, but great as an after dinner sipper. Very nice!
Med Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Rum får du virkelig meget rom for pengene, jeg plejer at sige god "hverdags" rom.
Good but a little simple, and after years in the wonderful world of rum, this one lack of something that make it ... less consensual.
Bon, mais trop passe partout, pas de caractère à lui...
Glad I was introduced to this modest priced Demerara rum. Excellent tastes of molasses and caramel. Something to sip regularly.
Parfait pour faire découvrir le rhum à quelqu'un ou pour s'y mettre en douceur, cette petite sucrerie est comparable à un caramel mou : "caramel" car au nez et en bouche c'est ce qui domine et "mou" car c'est très rond et ça manque cruellement de pêche !
A noter tout de même : c'est excellent avec un petit foie gras sur un toast, cela remplace aisément un vin blanc liquoreux.
Voilà un rhum qui fonctionne pour tout. Autant à l'apéro pur, sur glace, ou en cocktail qu'en digestif. Un peu trop sucré à mon gout, mais les dames apprécient :)
Sloth, and easy
Normalerweise mische ich einen guten Rum nicht so gerne mit Cola, aber dieser Rum war mir pur einfach zu scharf im Geschmack. Erst war ich enttäuscht, aber als ich ihn dann mit ein wenig Cola gemischt probiert habe war ich vollkommen überrascht. Plötzlich gab der Rum Aromen und eine Weichheit frei die ich nicht für möglich gehalten hätte. Ich kann nur jedem empfehlen mal beides auszuprobieren.
This is an amazing sipping rum. Interesting complex flavors hit me in distinct waves. Describing this rum as smooth does not do it justice, there is no burn or shock, just an interesting blend of flavors. Last time I enjoyed rum this smooth it cost four times as much. I now consider this my de facto sipping rum to suggest to friends.
A true sipping rum best enjoyed neat. Sweet not over powerful. A work of rum art.
This is a great rum, well worth its price. This rum is smooth, no fire. The aroma is very nice smells like a home cooked dinner, similar to pampero without any sharp nose. I enjoyed this with a Padron handmade cigar. This was a excellent choice with this rum. I can say I would purchase this again if my reserves of other rums ran low.
Distinctive, sweet and rich taste. Very smooth and easy to drink. One of my favorites at the moment/ one of the best I tried!
First rum to truly floor me with taste. Shame it's Venezuelan. I for one don't wish to support that government.
One of my favourite for a good price.
Una increíble bebida de altísima calidad
This is absolutly one of my favourite rums. His taste is so rich and smooth. The flavour of vanilla. It's definitly a sweet Rum, but not too sweet. For this prize it's the best you can get on the market.
One of my favourite rums to drink straight, smooth and fairly sweet. Goes down very well and is great value for the quality of this rum.
A complex sipping rum at a more than reasonable price. However all is not what it seems.........
En god 7er
Super good buy , Very pleasent notes , good sweet taste !
Mejor de todos! Viva Venezuela!
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