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Tried the Botucal Reserva Exclusiva while vacationing in Caracas last year and it is very close to my favorite Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva, but the taste and flavor are a bit stronger on the Botucal. Maybe the local taste requires a bit stronger flavor profile than the import version. Very strong 9 rating nevertheless.

Detailed scoring analysis:
10/100 Packaging, bottle and label design 9
10/100 Color of this rum 9
15/100 Nose test 12
20/100 Palate test 17
15/100 Afterburn of this rum 13
15/100 Availability to purchase this rum 3
15/100 Ultimate value for money 15
Total score 78

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


Delicate flavour lovely chocolate taste afterwards amazingly sweet on the rocks to mix with any mixer would be sacrilege. THis is a genuine favourite.


This is my favorite rum. And the best thing is his price :)


Als Einsteiger für mich bisher der beste Rum den ich probiert habe, unglaublich mild. Faszinierender Geschmack nach Toffee, oder auch dunkler Schokolade.
Einfach klasse.


It is one of those rums that you definitly want to go back and drink it again. I bought this botlle and I am sure I will repeat this purchace someday. Great rich taste, fruits and some wodden flavour, one of better rums I have tasted, as for flaws it is litlle bit too sweet in my opninion.

Final verdict: Maybe some day I will give it another shot


Very good classic taste. Chocolate and vanilla, but smokey. Probably the best for this price.


Honig, Vanille, Weich, warm, süß, Mandel/Karamell, Trop. Früchte, Schoko, orange


Hey this is what rum is supposed to taste like. Tremendous flavor all the richness you would expect. Buy this, drink this. One of my favs.


This is probably a classic one. It is very sweet and creamy. If it was a hint less sweet, it would score a 9. Yet, I found it impressive and remarkable. Will definitely buy more.


This one is for sitting by the fire and truly enjoying a glass of rum. Don’t even think about mixing it with anything


A nice sweet taste. I get this rum on special occasions


Well, just opened it yesterday and a bit surprised how good this stuff is in good company. I think everybody understand I had something special before going out.
Truly great sipper! Excellent.


My favorite sipping rum, move over Zacapa and Flor de Caña 12! If you don’t like smooth, complex/smokey and sweet, then move on.

No ice, neat only!


Uhm.... not probably the best, the! best rum i've had in some years. I know i will buy another one when its empty. Smooth tasty rum, very good flavour.


Ausgeglichen, ausgewogen, zurückhaltende Süsse, angenehme Würze


Previously "Diplomatico" it was rebranded "Botucal" allegedly due to a law suit by Aldi in Germany.

It is a sweetened and coloured blend of Venezuelan rums.
It is sweet (4/5) and carries a strong Vanilla note on the nose and palate.
It is smooth with a gentle burn.

A good introduction to rum, but if you like whisky and brandy this is far too sticky.


The nosing is quite nice with sweet and fruity notes (raisins). The palate adds some notes of chocolate but does not develop any further from that point. Instead the sweetness is getting ever more dominant and the sweetness stays also predominantly with the finish. So if you like sweet rum stuff this might be pleasant. But if you are looking for a full bodied, rich and flavorful rum you might order something else. Gets only a 5 as the degree of sweetness is dubious.


The perfect Rum you can always choose of you want to taste something special


what can i say. i like most of the diplomatico rums.

smooth and interesting to taste


Probably the best sipping rum on the market. Very nice and complex taste where choco, caramel and vanilla dominate. If you want a wonderful gift for a friend pick this rum.


I don't enjoy this rum very much. Overall just uninspirational with a nice presentation.
I feel the flavour profile is just clouded and not very interesting for me.
The plantation linup both the 7 and 15 I believe are just much more fun than this if you're into sweeter sipping rums. It's not bad but damn they do charge for this. Not a huge fan...


Venezula is famous for rums and Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva is exception. I specially like its fruty taste that stand up while drining it on the rocks. It is a must try!!!


Recommended by a Venezuelan waiter at a local restuarant and available at local liquor stores (for under $40) this is probabably the best I’ll ever have.


Nice color and smell, taste pretty sweet. Really nice one that goes down your throath really smooth!


Sometimes I think this one is a little too sweet, but depending on your day's form you can appreciate the complex aroma after the sweetness is gone. A little fruity, chocolaty, caramel. This one should be know as the standard rum.





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