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When I came across a bottle of this rum several months ago there was no internal argument on whether or not I should purchase it. And it was the last bottle on the shelf.
Let's get to it, shall we?
Reading about the making of this rum is fascinating in of itself. Apparently the sugar cane crops in Venezuela that year were the best ever and made for some of the best even cane "honey" which they used in the distilling process. The rum was then aged in oak barrels for 12 years before finished in sherry casks.
The color is a nice rich mahogany. The aroma is outstanding. I seem to get hints of cinnamon in it. Swirling in the glass leaves a film of the rum that slowly...and I mean SLOWLY slides down the sides of the snifter.
The flavor is quite excellent. Admittedly this rum is sugared a bit the sweetness isn't overpowering. There seems to be a bit of butteriness to it with vanilla and butterscotch undertones. I also get a little flavor akin to raisins. There is a rather intense burn to it. It is listed at 43% ABV (86 proof) but that burn seems to be such experienced with higher proof rums. It's not rough at all, just a tad intense. When the burn slowly fades there is a nice drier finish highlighted by vanilla and cinnamon.
My opinions are based on drinking this straight and it is definitely an excellent sipping rum but I recommend using a single, small ice cube (emphasis on small) with the rum and allowing the cube to melt just a little bit. This will release even more flavors and mellows the burn a bit.
Albeit pricey at over $100 a bottle this is a rum that should be reserved for special occasions. And this is a bottle that gets high marks on the coolness factor. A thick-bottom heavy bottle with a natural cork and hefty metal topper. On the sad day your bottle of this rum becomes empty, save the bottle, take off the label and reuse it as a decanter.
Virkelig lækker rom, meget duft og smag, med en tilpas sødme, men også kompleksitet med en fed olieagtig struktur.
Absolut et genkøb.
Wow...Do I need to say anymore.
Did a rum tasting a month or so ago with around 18 rums from all over the world. And there were some very good rums in the lineup. The whole Diplomatico, Appleton Estate 21, Zacapa XO, Flor De Cana 18, Mount Gay XO, Ron Matusalem 15. This one absolutely killed the competition hands down and was the consensus favourite choice by everyone. Appleton Estate 21 was a close second, just didn't have the complexity there.
Everything you want in a rum. Sensational bottle. Beautiful dark rum. The nose was sensational. Initial flavour was gorgeous and you straight off tell this was a well aged/blended complex rum. It was thick and creamy, and the texture of this when it entered your mouth was first class. I rate this even over the more expensive Ambassador. At $150 a bottle, well worth the price and I will be getting some more.
Must be drunk staight up. No need to water down. Very little alcohol burn it was such a smooth drink. Almost a crimimal offense to mix this.
Sugar: 20 GPL. A very complex rum that is well balanced. Be sure to let it breathe before drinking. It gets better after a few minutes in the glass. It is not as sweet as the Reserva Exclusiva, but it has a much bolder taste. You can taste the oak as well as the sherry cask finish. Hints of caramel, baking spices, vanilla, and a touch of cherry. Very aromatic in the glass and the reddish color reflects the sherry cask finishing. Bold in the mouth, very smooth in your throat and a super long after burn. This rum is a must have in your collection.
This is seriously good rum and perfect for my tastes. Not quite as sweet as reserva exclusiva, which is perfect. I went out and bought another bottle, and I have only done that with one other whisky I liked.
This is one of the best rum I've had to date, and I've tried a lot of good ones. It has an amazing smell of rich butter toffee, caramel, and butterscotch, with a light sherry taste that isn't strong enough to detract from the rum. Taste is an amazing follow up to the nose. Strong at 43%abv, but so good the added strength is perfect. Would pair well with a fine cigar. Simply an amazing rum.
A fair priced ultra premium rum. The best Venezuelan I have tasted. Even better than the more expensive Diplomatico Ambassador.
If you have only one rum to try. This rum is the one
Merry Christmas to all of you!!
This rum was a Gift of my wife for Christmas. I was totaly surprised. :-)
This is one of the best Rums I ever tasted!!
'...the result of a careful selection of reserves, laid down to age at Destilerias Unidas...'
"Diplomatico 2000 Single Vintage rum launch coverage by The Floating Rum Shack"
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All I can say is Wow 10 out of 10
Ordered 2 bottles from NY as not available in Pennsylvania. This is a fine rum, taste of black cherry and caramel. So smooth with no burn. $98 per bottle but worth every penny. I have to do a blind tasting with El Dorado 21 as that had been my all time favorite.