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Recommendable to most
First off, for full disclosure, I'm not someone who waxes poetic about the 15 different layers of experience I just had in a sip of rum. I either like something or I don't. Quite frankly, it's been a long, long time since I've liked rum. I drank so much of it in my youth that I just lost the taste for it. I've tried on occasion as a 50+ year old man to revisit, but have literally found nothing I like. Recently I was shopping for a bottle of dark rum for some eggnog at Christmas, and the yuppies had cleaned out all the dark rums at my local ABC store (the clientele this particular store caters to). While a sales clerk was trying to sell me on various high-priced golds, I saw a bottle of Diamond Reserve Demerara Dark on one of the upper shelves. It was dark, and that was my only criteria, so I bought it. Now... to make a long story short, when I got it home I was immediately surprised by how fragrant this rum was when I opened the bottle. So I took a shot to introduce myself, and was again surprised by the many wonderful layers of flavor, including an earthy malt note that I really liked (I think someone else described it as "smokey"). Yes, we added some to our store-bought eggnog, and was amazed at how rich it made the eggnog taste. But after that, we switched to Bacardi Dark for the eggnog. The Diamond Reserve Demerara Dark was too good to waste that way. I've been sipping it on its on ever since, and intent to continue to do so. As soon as the ABC store gets it back in stock, that is. I quite enjoyed this rum. Anyone who doesn't probably doesn't enjoy much of anything they drink for over-thinking it. This one is for drinking, not showing off. In my book, that's ringing endorsement.
This is a pretty interesting rum. It's unique enough to almost be it's own segment, between rum and liquoier.
It's thick, syrupy/oily. Very sweet. That distinct Demarara flavor is potent in this one, you know that dark molasses dried fruits, caramely flavor? Yup.. it's that flavor concentrated. Like a fruit concentrate.
I probably wouldn't use this for regular rum mixers, like a rum n soda, or with lime. The flavors clash.
However, I can easily see this going down with anything dessert themed. Christmas is 6 months away and I am eager to use this for soaking our rum cake. The flavor is gonna be sooo intense.
It's shockingly good for the price, hence the high marks. I wouldn't call it complex or balanced like the older offerings from DDL, but 13$ for this flavor at 40% alcohol is its own unique bargain!
The aroma and flavor of this rum is perfect in tiki cocktails especially Navy Grog's . The price point makes it a must try. Build the following and u may be convinced:
1 Diamond Reserve dark (Guyana 80 proof)
1 Trader Vic's Gold (WI 80 proof)
1 Trader Vic's silver (Puerto Rico 80 proof)
¾ lime juice – fresh
1/8 lemon juice wedge --- squeeze easy
¾ white grapefruit juice (Ocean Spray)
½ Trader Vic's Grog CONCENTRATE (not mix)
¼ TV's rock candy syrup
Flash hi 4 sec,
Enjoyed a bottle of Diamond Reserve Dark Rum while visiting Grand Canyon. Rather boring bottle and label design. Dark mahogany color. Vanilla extract, pure alcohol and plenty of oak to the nose and palate when neat sipped. Surprisingly strong and dry burn at end. Makes some solid mixed drinks.
I saw this today in my supermarket isle and I could not help myself when I noticed it was a Demerara rum. The color lived up to it’s name, but I’m not sure it did anything to enhance the taste of the rum. There was no age statement on the bottle, so I did not know quite what to expect. It had a fragrant but weak nose with no alcohol burn. There was tobacco, leather and some ripe fruit. The initial taste was almost to sweet, but it did have a nice smokiness to it, the rest it was a little harsh with trailing bitterness.
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