Rum Review: Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva
Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva
My first Venezuelan rum review is of Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva. Their Web site describes the blend as being made of 80% “heavy” and 20 % “light” rums aged for up to twelve years. Packaged in a tube suitable for gifting, this rum is contained in a frosted green bottle with a label reminiscent of a postage stamp. Although I’m not entirely sold on the frosting, the bottle is well-conceived save for the cap. I was surprised to find a plastic twist-on cap on a rum in this category, but I was completely shocked to find a plastic insert within the bottle top that made pouring a chore. If you drink tequila, you may have seen a similar (but better performing) version of this technology in a bottle of Cazadores. When inverted, the pourer required a little encouragement to fill my tasting snifter.
Once in the glass, we can begin to appreciate the deep mahogany color of this rum. A swirl in the glass produces a ring that quickly produces a great number of slender legs that move slowly back to the bowl.
The nose contains a very minor astringency, and is dominated by notes of caramel, toffee and crème. On the back end of the aromas, I can detect a hint of smoke and pineapple.
Now to taste.
The mouth feel is slick and a significant amount of heat hits the rear palate as I swallow. The mellow aroma gave no indications of this spiciness; however, the smoky notes translate more predictably into a vegetal flavor that conjures up an image of tobacco leaves. It’s as though the minimal processing of the cane honey used to make this blend maintains an minor agricole quality. Adding to the flavor mix is vanilla along with a pronounced oak note. The finish brings orange combined with the aforementioned pineapple, and a blend of citrus.
To sum up, this is a fine blend–especially at a price of ~$30. I also think this rum has ample mixing opportunities, but alas, those will have to wait for another day.
Now for the scores:
- Appearance: 1/1
- Nose: 2/2
- Mouth feel: .5/1
- Taste: 3.5/4
- Aftertaste: 1/2
- Total Score: 8/10