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About four months ago, I tried my first bottle of Diplomatico, which was their Reserva. Slowly but surely, I wound up hating it and swore to never buy it again. Well that Reserva has now been replaced by this Mantuano. Rumors were also running that it was going to replace their Reserva Exclusiva, which would be absolutely foolish on their part. However, we all need to back off on rums with added sugars, so I reluctantly bought this bottle today.
Cut most of the spice and all of the sugar syrup from their Reserva Exclusiva and you can get a pretty good idea what this one tastes like. Is it an enjoyable sipper? Hell no! Some have complained of harsh alcohol burn. Just let it breathe for a while! So what is it good for? As others have already said, it would probably make a good Cuba Libre, but I am out of cola for now.
This is also the dry replacement for their discontinued semi-dry Diplomatico Reserva. This one has only 8 gpl of added sugar and so did their discontinued Diplomatico Blanco. Their Reserva had 12 gpl of added sugar.
Sweet on the nose. Pretty balanced without being overly sweet. It's nice but nothing special
Powerful rum, more sour tones than f.e. zacapa 23. Much stronger mouthfeeling, darker tones here than zacapa or Don Q gran Anejo. Still nice for me personally
Almost as good as the reserve, but I like the reserva a little bit more
Was wondering how exclusiva would taste if only you could somehow remove the extra sweetness...
Now I know and I can confirm it's good.
Missing the complexity as well...
It still has an intense alcohol flavour. Probably it needs some time to settle down a bit. But in this price range it is reasonable.
Beautifully smooth rum, perfect for sipping over ice. (I keep mine in the freezer).
Sweet but not too much, strong alcohol sensation on the nose. Cheap.
Nice spicy caramel nose. Mouth has almost none of that initial alcohol bite, but to me has a negatively over spiced flavor. For drinking neat, it's my least favorite of all the Diplomatico offerings. However, that spiciness peeks through the Coke flavor for a respectable Rum and Coke. Now that statement needs some clarification. I've been lucky enough to have had three bottles of Roble Viejo Ultra Añejo Rum delivered to me by Family traveling from Venezuela. This ROBLEY offering has a wonderful spicy woody caramel flavor profile that busts through the Coke flavor for an unbelievably exceptional Rum and Coke. This Diplomatico offering has the exact flavor profile, but to a lessor strength. With the Diplomatico Mantauno this flavor profile is precieved to break through by varying amounts in different seatings, where with the Roble there's never a question of it busting through. This still makes this Diplomatico offering my go to for Rum and Coke since the Roble Viejo Ultra Añejo Rum is only available at a duty free shop in the Venezuelan Airport.
As a sipping Rum I would have rated this Diplomatico offering lower, but gave it the 9 for it's value in a Rum and Coke
Diplomatico Mantuano is a new item in the US. It makes a decent rum-and-coke drink for you, but this rum is too harsh for neat sipping experience. Go straight to the Reserva Exclusiva and be blown away with how good that rum really is.
Not as good as the reserva exclusiva, but for its price its a steal.
This is simply a great rum and has a smooth richness to it, but there are many alternatives that already nail this classification that are cheaper. Sure this one certainly has a smooth finish to it which gives that air of refinement to it, which may make the difference for some.
Alkohol: 40 %
Aroma: Ostřejší lihovost, kořenitost, nádech pomeranče a meruňek, pampeliškový med. Alkohol je ještě trochu nevycválaný. Čokoláda, včelí plástve, krémovost. (82 b)
Chuť: Sladění vůně a chutě je dobré. Opět trochu ruší vyčnívající lihovost. Koření, nasládlost, ovocnost (pomerančová marmeláda). Propolis, skořice, v dozvuku hřejivý. (82 b)
Shrnutí: Ochutnávali jsme s kamarádem na dalším degustačním večeru v českolipském Baru/Kavárně Kocour. Hlavní jádro ochutnávky tvořily čtyři Plantationy, k tomu novinka od Diplomática - Mantuano, pak jsme zkusili El Ron Prohibido Habanero a na úplný závěr pak pouťovou atrakci RedRum. Mantuano je takový základní rum, nic extra zajímavého, navíc působí ještě dost nevyzrále.
Betydligt mer kraftfull än gran reaervan och en helt annan smakupplevelse
No great, not bad. The reserva one is much better and worst of the few extra bucks.
Not a good rum compare to reserva exclusiva..for this money you have so many better rums to buy.
Not so sweet and complex like Reserva Exclusiva, but typical Diplomatico character. Shorter aftertaste. Ideal for mixing or not so much experienced visits 😁
This is like a younger sibling of Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva. The same flavours are there, but not nearly so deep and strong. Now for many, and myself included, this could be a good thing, I find DRE to be a lovely drink, but OTT in sugar and flavourings, the odd nip is nice to experience but more than that it is cloying and a tad sickly.
Mantuano, however, is lighter in taste, but to my palette, has way too strong an alcohol/chemical burn and taste.
If Diplomatico made a rum somewhere in between the 2 it might just be near perfect.
I really enjoy this rum. I look forward to trying others from this distiller. As always, I prefer my rum over ice with a healthy splash of Coke.
This is a good rum. Great flavor, no after burn, smooth across the tongue. Great price for what this rum brings to the table. If you haven’t tried any of the brands yet, start with this one.
This pours a rich mahogany colour and has a wonderful nose. Diplomatico rums have always suited my taste, so I was hesitant when they replaced the Reserva with Mantuano. The Reserva made a better rum and coke but the Mantuano is a it smoother making a better sipper. Not as sweet as DER but just as good.
Overall a perfectly acceptable offering. Reasonably priced , a lot less sugar than D.R.E. and a nice mixer , cocktail rum and at a push , a sipper ! Spicey , not the best spices but the caramel , toffee and raisin flavours keep it in check. Nothing to disappoint.
You can buy it almost in every little shop here, so if there is nothing better, you buy it. It's also cheaper than Reserva. But there is a reason why it's cheaper. The alcoholic smell and taste is too much for me.
This was my first Diplomatico, and my first truly sweet rum. Good rum, very smooth with a notable sweetness. Good enough for sipping, but I prefer dryer rums. Still a good score for excellent value. Looking forward to tasting the reserva exclusiva.
I like Reserva Exclusiva, but Mantuano proved to be a good option.
The distillate has quality, and has less sugar than Reserva Exclusiva.
Simple flavor, but cheap for the quality it has.