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Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva rum is distilled from molassis in copper pot stills and then aged in small oak casks for on average 12 years before being bottled.
Produced in Venezuela, which has a rich rum history dating to 1896, the Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva distillery is located on the northern slopes of the Andes mountains.
This (diplomatic Reserva Exclusive), Ron Zacapa Solera and now Rumson's Grand Reserve are my favorite sipping rums. Diplomatic is full bodied and perhaps a bit warmer then the other too, but great flavor and a fantastic sipper. I prefer Rumson's Grand Reserve, but Diplomatico is very good and I rotate the three.
This rum blew me away! I can't believe it's only $34.99 (K&L Wines 2015). Toffee, cacao, vanilla, gingerbread, oak, molasses, wow! Smooth as silk too; don't even bother mixing it. A bit creamier than most rums. I prefer this over many others that cost far more.
Alkohol: 40 %
Aroma: Tradiční kůže, lesní med, dřevo a při hlubším pátrání ve sklence až plástve, lehce i propolis. (86 b)
Chuť: Mísí se zde krásná uhlazenost a jemnost v tom nejlepším slova smyslu s jemnou štiplavostí, vyzrálostí dřeva a medovou sladkostí.
Když budu hodně přísný, tak trochu dřevitá dochuť celkový dojem maličko ruší, ale nic významného. (88 b)
Shrnutí: Hlavně v chuti si mě získal, hodně sympatický reprezentant Venezuely.
One of the great sipping rums out there. Caramel and smoothness, and a little bit of spice. It´s easy to sip!
I dont know the lingo yet but its smooth warm and a hint of spice. Very good.
I have about 15 rums in my collection and I’ll admit I like them on the sweet side, but it was the smoothness of this when sipping neat that blew my mind. No need for any ice and no burn.
I still have a couple to open but this is the perfect benchmark.
In the glass, the rum is dark mahogany brown, co doubt thanks to a heavy dose of caramel coloring.
The nose is pancakes, toffee, burnt sugar, wood polish, leather - quite pleasant in fact.
The taste is major downer, however - a super sweet concoction, like drinking cola syrup, with faint wood influence and meek burn. Overpowering vanilla taste, cola, candy, brown sugar, tiramisu, maple syrup. It's like drinking liquid candy.
This is a liqueur, through and through, and I would not have a problem with it if only it was marketed transparently. The taste is not unpleasant, if you like candy, it just does not taste like rum at all.
Great rum for the money without question. The sweetest from all of the ones i’ve tried so far. I have to say is way too sweet to sip on its own. However, you can make a fantastic rum old fashion cocktail with this one.
Well over 1,900 aged dark rums enjoyed and Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva is still on my Top 15 list after 15 years. It is sublime, very smooth, no burn at all and contains plenty of flavors plus it is the best price-quality ratio of any rums, period. If you haven't tried yet Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva, go quickly and get a bottle since it will set a brand new benchmark for your personal rum list.
Detailed scoring analysis:
10/100 Packaging, bottle and label design 9
10/100 Color of this rum 9
15/100 Nose test 13
20/100 Palate test 19
15/100 Afterburn of this rum 14
15/100 Availability to purchase this rum 15
15/100 Ultimate value for money 15
Total score 94
Sweet and very fine rum. My favorite. I recommend...
A friend introduced this one to me when I had indicated my ambivalence to all things rum - up to that point I was a confirmed whisky drinker (rye, thank you very much, none of that peaty scotch crap)
What an eye opener. The sheer... goodness of this rum was immediate and forever changed my go-to spirit of choice. Caramel, vanilla, molasses...sweet and buttery smooth...
I still enjoy locating new and interesting rye blends, but my liquor cabinet is now stuffed mainly with rum as I try to locate THIS 10/10 rum's equal - an admittedly difficult task as it's tough to surpass the perfection of your first love.
...If I could just get past my hatred of peat, I think I'd be set.
Ein wirklicher Top Rum.
Die Nase kann nicht genug kriegen: Vanille, Toffee, Karamell,
um nur einige der süssen Versuchungen zu nennen.
Geschmeidig und samtig im Gaumen, voller Geschmack.
Abgang ganz lecker, könnte aber länger sein.
A real top rum.
The nose can not get enough: vanilla, toffee, caramel,
to name just some of the sweet temptations.
Smooth and velvety on the palate, full flavor.
Departure quite tasty, but could be longer.
Great price / performance.
This is a flavor-bomb, very complex and almost chewy. However, I wonder that few if any folks here mention the licorice. This stuff tastes like it was aged in Bookers bourbon barrels. I mean, it's rum through and through, and very good, but the usual rummy aromas and flavors are overwhelmed by a stalk-y vegetal presence - and black licorice. Straight up, it's very good. But a splash of water or an ice cube brings out the licorice to a level I couldn't enjoy (of course, I don't like Bookers all that well either). In the first third of the bottle, I was ready to buy 3 or 4 more. By the last third, I was kind of tired of it. So, I'll put it in the back of the cabinet, and 'rediscover' it at some future date.
Smooth sweet rum... just spank my butt and call me Sally. Excellent both neat or on the rocks.. well worth the money spent.
Smooth, heavy on the demerara, just like I like it.
den første rom som jeg købte. Og det har jeg bestemt ikke fortrudt.
Duft: dejlig sød og rund med noter af blomme og figne
Smag: røget, sød og med en dejlig balanceret eftersmag.
Really good rum for the price. It is sweet without getting too sweet.
Very balanced in the taste.
Highly recommendable for beginners.
I was truly blown away with the Diplomatic Reserva Exclusiva Rum. This instantly became one of my favorites. Money well spent.
What a great rum. Smell of vanilla and caramel. No harsh burn when swallowed. Drank this one straight, wouldn't think of mixing it with anything.
God sød rom, som er god til prisen, duft og smag af kraramel
Rigtig lækker rom med en dejlig duft og smag, fin længde og sødme. Meget nem rom at drikke.
this rum is truly a benchmark, the quality that you get for this price is stunning.
Certainly it's a sweet rum but therefore a very good one. Also very good to recommended to beginners. The only bad side is that the Botucal (name change in germany) lost some of it's quality, if that wouldn't have happened I would give the rum the full score!
If you prefer sweeter rums, this will be your gold standard. On par with my personal gold-standard choice, El Dorado 15, but slightly sweeter than I generally prefer. Smoooth as silk, though, no doubt abouti t.
Base spirit is poor, and on top of that there's just a sticky layer of sugar. Nonsense rum. It is more a cane spirit liqueur, and one of poor quality at that. Why was this made at all?
This is my favorite drinking rum. Fantastic flavor notes, suitable for straight up and wonderful mixed. Complex flavors. More on the caramel molasses side than cognac like.
Only trouble is it is next to impossible to find.
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