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Diplomatico Reserva rum is distilled from molasses using both copper pot and column stills. The rum is then aged in small oak casks for between 2 and 8 years before blending and bottling.
the Diplomatico distillery is located on the northern slopes of the Andes mountains in Venezuela. The area has a rich rum history dating to 1896,
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I suspect doctoring in this rum, not nauseatingly sweet like Fortuna 8 yr but still too much for my taste. Pleasant but not complex sipper, almost a dessert rum. For about the same price El Dorado 12 yr is much better.
Edit - well I found figures on added sugar in rum, and surprisingly enough there was a relatively small amount of added sugar in this one - 7 g/ltr, a fraction of the amount added to the worst offenders - one of which is the Reserva Exclusiva, with 41 g/ltr.(!!!) I have never tried the exclusiva, because I had heard it is such a sweet bomb, and now I doubt I ever will.
If you're buying sips at a bar (say, Smuggler's Cove in San Francisco) get a shot of this and a shot of the upgraded green bottle. You'll see in about 1millisecond why a bottle purchase should be focused on the Reserva Exclusiva. Out of your budget range? Try El Dorado 8 or 12 instead. No, I wouldn't pour a glass of this down the toilet, but if I were on a budget, which I usually am, I'd spend my money more wisely with the better product or another line altogether.
'Hints of cinnamon, over-ripe oranges'
"Diplomatico Reserva rum review by the Ultimate Rum Guide"
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Spicy recruit 8 out of 10
So, Andy has finally converted me to Rum &, having tried several apparently good rums over the course of the evening, this was far & away my favorite. I can't claim to be an expert but this had a wonderfully smooth & spicy flavour with a hint of vanilla. I think it was the spiciness that I really enjoyed. It may be sacrilege but adding just one small ice cube opens it up beautifully.