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Diplomatico Reserva rum is distilled from molasses using both copper pot and column stills. The rum is then aged in small oak casks for between 2 and 8 years before blending and bottling.
the Diplomatico distillery is located on the northern slopes of the Andes mountains in Venezuela. The area has a rich rum history dating to 1896,
Diplomatico Reserva 8 40% (Venezuela)
Eye: Amber with copper tones
Nose: Opens with pronounced elements of grapefruit, old dry wood and molasses. It continues with weak honey, cotton and a hint of orange-zest, fat fish oil, and cheap praline that reminds me of light cooking chocolate. It is no immediate love, I can tell you that. It is so obviously colored, forced and juvenile. To me it smells like drink base.
Mouth: Could I be wrong? No, it even taste like drink base. It has that thin eau-de-vie taste that I dislike so much in a sipping rom. It is young and light and carries few own flavors. It is also short which is actually a forgiving feature in this case. The sweetness comes crawling after a while as do the vanilla. A weak buzz on the palate from the alcohol burn which is neither good or bad. Then a little caramel, honey and melted white sugar with faint hints of pear. That´s it folks! (30 minutes in some soot enters but it really doesn´t add anything.
Reaction: For some reason I had high hopes for this one. Unfortunately, there is no hope and it can´t be compared with anything I have rated so far. It doesn´t even evolve in the glass which is a first. It actually degrades in the glass which is a trademark of any bad product. As sipping rum it has to be the worst yet but that does not mean it isn´t great in a drink. I know nothing about that as I don´t usually enjoy rom based drinks.
Price: 335 SEK
Tasted: 2016, in a Riedel Sommelier Cognac XO glass at room temperature.
Little brother of the exclusive. But stlll good. Good price, good taste. Cant go wrong.
Prijemne sladke tony ve vuni i chuti. Velmi prijemne me tato lahev prekvapila a šlape na paty exclusivě!
Bought this on an offer as Exclusiva is one of my favs. This is similar but lacking the depth in flavour of the Exclusiva. I generally mix this for a nice Cuba Libra.
Excelente en aroma y sabor para tomarlo en las rocas
This is a great rum, caramel and fruity with a more traditional rum finish, great all round and a nice treat.
The orange lable Diplomatico Reserva was the Rum that changed everything i expected and known about Rum as a Rum novice living in a market where Rum is not too popular and choices are limited byeond the few big brands and the high tier extra aged rums that may cost small fortune. as a Single Malt drinker i felt initiated into a completely new dimension, different than the mass market products i embarked on a new journey. My impressions of the Orange labeled Reserva were of total surprise and the urge to drink more and more, such a pleasant sip, such rich complexity of a rainbow color of sweetness, from Raisins via Coffee, Tobacco, Chocolate and fantastic Sugar molasses. it's so delicate on the throat i would compare it to Solera Grand Reserva and close to XO in cognac and to the smoothness of 18 year old Malts. seriously good stuff in this bottle. was amazed and disappointed to discover that this is now discontinued and replaced by another bottling called Mantuano which is also very nice but lacks the smoothness of this rewarded pure sipper bottle.
I get a lot of chocolate/caramel/toffee and wine-like flavours from this.
If you can't find the Exclusiva and haven't already tried it, this is a good runner up. The batch is always solid, better than the Anejo, and goes down easily. Great in a rum cocktail, substitute for Gosling's or other dark rum in a Dark 'n Stormy and you have a winner that is both easy to find and not hard on the wallet.
It's very good rum for this price. It has nice fruity and vanilla hints. It's good on the rocks and straight up. It will not disappoint you.
Some funky fermented sugar cane notes coming off this one, possibly some citrus too.
A nice rum from venezuela most likely with some added sugar. A reasonable price at the store, and one I have had a few times.
Makes a nice cocktail but also a half decent sipper if you have nothing else available but low tier options.
Good bottle this one.. quarks are always a nice touch. an easy 7. easy.
But a bit to harsh for sipping neat. Spend the xtra few bucks on the exclusiva.
I enjoyed this fruity rum, but Exclusiva is better.
Taste 5/10. It has a nice weapon. And it is the smell but everything else is bad....
very cheap taste, sharp and boring
smell poor....I dont like this rum.
This is absolutely swill. It should be a great mixer or ok sipper based on price. But this isn’t even worth mixing. This is the most terrible rum I’ve ever tasted. I’ve never given a rum a 1 until this. Undrinkable
Unlike his 12 years old sibling, Diplomatico Reserva rum was taken from the cask way too early and that is why it is not good for me to drink straight. 55%
a decent sipper for the price point if you like a bit of sweetness.
Harsh, alcoholy, burns. Expensive mixer and not the best one at that.
But not great. The Exclusiva is a significant step up. Maybe this is a 6.5.
Not realy my taste, but a couple of friends to my enjoys it. So maybe it´s just me.
Just thick enough to make it enjoyable, but not so much as to create too much of a syrupy experience. Nice spices come through as well.
Rum. Sweetish, non intrusive but also not really remarkable. Easy to forget but a choice which will not do any harm.
For me, all the rums in the diplimatico family are excellent. This is the baby of the family but is still very smooth and palatable neat or on the rocks. I dont mix this rum as the flavours stand on their own.
Sampled Diplomatico Reserva rum and while not nearly as sweet as the Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva it nevertheless is too sweet for my liking. In addition I found it lacked complexity. Good price for entry level rum but this simply is not for me.
Diplomatico Reserva rum review by the Ultimate Rum Guide