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Diplomaticos from 2000-2002 are gone, so I tried this new special one. At first it hits you with a lot of alcohol in the nose, but also sweetness and various aromas. If you let it breathe for a few minutes, you discover a very neat rum.
This limited edition of only 5000 bottles sat alone on the shelf of my favorite liquor store for quite some time because it costs twice as much as their more popular Reserva Exclusiva. I was reluctant to buy it myself despite the title of this review leaving a burning impression upon me. So what did it take? Reports of political turmoil with dictator Maduro refusing to leave Venezuela where these rums are produced. Gosh, what if the day comes when we can no longer get rums from Venezuela? So I stockpiled a few others from that country without opening them. Since this was the only new one to me, it got opened to answer the question in this title.
For my first pour, I let it breathe in the snifter for at least six minutes to match it's age in years. It does appear to be dry with no added sugar. The aroma is a complex harmony of flavors that are difficult for me to tell apart. On the palate is the same with very little burn and a hint of oak. It was wise of them to only age it for six years in various types of used oak barrels. They have lots of claims on the flavors derived from these barrels, but the description strikes me as being driven by wild imagination to sell out this product. The question in this title is what sold me to buy it, despite probably never finding another bottle if I rated it as a 10. Even if it were available again, I would still prefer two bottles of DRE at the same price over this $72 rum. From all of the detailed descriptions on the box, this rum also strikes me as being similar to why concept cars are made for the auto shows, to strut their stuff on what they can really do if put to the test. It is always an expensive experiment.
And the answer to that question in the title is that they should experiment with a semi-dry version of the DRE with less than 20 gpl of added sugar that is different from their Mantuano. They can do it while still having an attractive price! I trust them! Sugar bombs like DRE get the most popular attention, but represent only a small percentage of rums available. Their sweetness brings them lots of popularity, but their DRE is one of the better sugar bombs.
After having this one for a week, I don't like the aftertaste. Therefore, my initial rating drops down from an 8 to a 7, especially at $72. And though I hate to admit it, this rum tastes like a subdued version of Fernet Branca, but lacking any curative properties. I also found a merchant that has three bottles that are not selling. When my bottle is finally gone, I won't replace it.
the first couple of times i tasted this rum i didnt like it at all, but it is groning on me, and i have totally falled in love with it, this one is way betyder than Batch #2
Diplomatico Distillery Collection No. 1 Batch Kettle Rum!
On the nose- Floral with vanilla and fruit.
First sip- A little sweeter than the Barbet edition which I personally prefer. Roasted caramel, cherry and oak. Still a bit of a bite on the finish. It's very brief though. I believe I like this one a tad more than the No. 2 Barbet but both are pretty solid.
This edition focused on the Batch Kettle Still process which was brought to diplos distillery in 1959. It is a semi continuous distillation system that was originally used in Canada to make whisky. Aged and finished in American white oak barrels. If you find one in the store you should grab one up as they only produced 5000 of these gems. Enjoy!
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Enjoyed a glass of Diplomatico No. 1 batch Kettle Rum while vacationing in Brussels. Semi dark color. Nice bottle design with a pleasing old fashioned label. Very flavorful smell test, but so much more drier than Diplomatico Reserve Exclusiva. Extremely similar flavor profile to Reserva Exclusiva and much more burn due to no added sugar. Taste lingers a while afterwards when the burn has already dissipated. Definitely worth the 8 score.
Even it is a 6 years old rum it it smooth and balanced, different than the older ones, finally.
A very light, but sweet, aroma... like vanilla and apples. Perfect mouth feel, not to oily, rolls over the whole tongue leading to a strong rum flavor with a hint of sweetness and a little heat. It leaves behind a toffee aftertaste with a little overripe banana that reminds me of a Jamaican funk, but not too funky. This is a really nice sipper.
Not mild, but very nice taste, 47% alc. Not sweet.
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Ok taste, some harch.
It’s a okay rum, nothing special but still in the top half of the scale