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Aroma is rich and full sherry fruit. Same taste follows with wood and dark chocolate at the back. Quite pronounced flavors. I have noticed a lot of unobtainable Venezuela rums showing up in US. Got this and Carupano Solera Centenaria within last month as a stocked item. Anyway I personally like it less than Zafra Master 30 or 21 but it worth keeping around. Different strokes for different folks. It goes into my nightcap rotation. Ohh and nice bottle and paid $80 US.
This rum is spectacular and well worth whatever price listed. Great aroma, sweet (but not too sweet), very easy to drink, good balance.
Sehr leckerer Rum. Habe mir gleich zwei Flaschen hingelegt. Eine zum trinken und eine zum Sammeln.
This rum is in my top-5 of rums. Coming from the Diplomatico Reseva Especial, this tastes totally different (for better). Not too sweet, with a slight dry/woody taste, and strong. In nose, the caramel-like flavor stands out; the alcohol gives an idea of being a strong rum but it is actually smooth and has almost no burn.
Really a great investment and I hope I can get a second bottle of this before they run out (now I can only see the 2005 in stock).
Probably the smoothest rum I’ve ever had. I like a Rum Old Fashioned and this was a dream with the diplimatico. Lovely deep flavours and you can definitely taste the sherry cask. My only negative comment is that the taste didn’t last long on the tongue, which was a disappointment because it tasted soo good!
Fantastic in every way. Just a damn good rum that does not break the bank (entirely):)
Very nice sipper, not sweet at all and nice cherry aftertaste. Reccomendnwith one ice.
Smell ig good.
Colour is fine.
Taste is ok.
Aftertaste is good.
The 2002 of this rum’s was one of the best things to have ever hit my lips. Brown augar, banana, coffee and chocolate. When I first opened this bottle it was straight alcohol to the face. That being said, a couple of weeks after being opened it has turned in to a wonderful rum
Diplomatico är ett av favoritmärkena för mig och många rom fantaster runt om i världen och speciellt i Sverige. Jag själv har lyckats smaka på många av deras sortiment och just single vintage sortimentet var min första upplevelse 2002, sedan har jag lyckats få tag i sample av 2000 och äger själv en 2004. 2002 var helt okej, en aningen för spritig/fatig. Men 2000 är brutalt god. 2004 känns närmare 2000 än 2002. Den bjuder på en söt fusion av vanilj, sherry och komplex smak av fat och torkad frukt i en hyfsat mjuk smak men inte lika mjuk som 2000.
Had at rum tasting in barcelona - good sipper, sherry added something different but not raving about this one...
It is strong, has heavy body and cognac like taste. Nice sipper.
Yes, this is a good rum with nice flavours and character. Sweet balance, dark chocolate and sherry coming to mind.
Another great great rum by Diplomatico! This rum is so good. Can't taste any failure in this one.
Less sherry than 2002 version, more cognac like. I like the 2002 version slightly more, nevertheless a good drink.
N- Interesting pickled ginger but lead to sticky sweet syrupy dead end; middle layer is nice with spicy zest, chocolate clotted cream and tinned fruits. Oozing molasses with floral honey, but rather superficial and lack depth. (83/18)
P- Thin with weak texture. Sweet cola candy sunk into the semi creamy lacto. Lack the quality and notable character as single vintage. (79/16)
F- Short-medium, some waxy fruit to pleased, light with drift of oak. (79/16)
Weighted Rate- 66pt. What have you done in the barrel for the past 12 years?
— at The Rum Bar KL
This is my first vintage rum from Diplomatico. I just had to try it. The first 12 years were aged in bourbon casks and single malt scotch casks. The final year married the blends and aged them in sherry casks. I can only tolerate 1-3 months of sherry cask aging. The fine print on the side of the gift box required a magnifying glass to read once I brought it home. Had I seen this in the store, I would have never bought it. For half the price of this $80 rum, most of you would be just as happy with a bottle of Brugal 1888, which is what this reminds me of. It is a good thing that I did not rate this one higher, because when these are gone, they are gone for good. This is not a bad rum, but for this price, I would expect a rating of 8 or higher.
Update July 9, 2019: No matter how I try to like this overly sherried rum, I just cannot like it. On the rocks is the best, but even when I add more likable rums to that mix, the excessive sherry aging of this rum dominates. I have no other choice except to lower my initial 7 rating down to a 5, which means that I will never buy this one again, even if available. At least I wound up with a very nice bottle for storing Mai Tais and other non-carbonated tropical drinks. Out of desperation, I added equal parts of premium coconut water (with pulp), and drank that mixture without any ice since it was all stored in the fridge. At least that made it drinkable.
I have been steered in the wrong direction by many of these rave reviews, but I should have brought my reading glasses to read the fine print on the side of the gift box. Three months maximum sherry cask aging for this rum drinker!