Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Rum

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Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Rum
70cl / 40%
A fabulous Venezuelan dark golden rum, distilled from molasses in a copper potstill before 12 years of ageing. Rich, sweet and fruity, just how we like 'em. Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva is one of the most awarded rums with more than 20 awards to its name.
2012 Miami Rum XP - Gold Medal Winner

Shortlisted for the TWE Spirit of the Year 2013 award
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Tasting Notes:
Tasting Notes by Tim F

Nose: Big and complex, very characterful. Fruit cake, rum'n'raisin ice cream, cocoa, and some cake spices: dried ginger, cinnamon and clove. Baked bananas with fudge sauce.  Highland Cream toffee bars. Toasty oak, vanilla and a deeper note of syrupy gingerbread, with hints of orange zest.

Palate: Very chocolatey initally, like a chocolate sauce on dessert. Rich and full, bursting with the sweet toffee, fudge and tropical fruit flavours from the nose. The texture is very generous, rounded by the oak. Real mouthwatering depth of flavour here.

Finish: Flakes of Terry's Dark Chocolate Orange sprinkled over melted vanilla ice cream. 

Comment: A seductive, sensual indulgent rum. Deep, vivid and extremely luxurious flavours. Amazingly opulent and sexy.

Tasting Notes by Refined Vices (Count Silvio)

Nose: The bouquet of this rum is warm and redolent; it is heavy and rounded with intensely rich notes of toffee that are diplomatically escorted up from the glass with almonds. There is a slight tingle from the alcohol, honey notes and hints of copper as well as very delicate banana aromas, which I did not notice on the first day of evaluating.

Taste: This rum is very sweet and round, possessing a velvety body that coats your mouth nicely. There are notes of toffee, honey and hints of wood and cognac like fruitiness. Though it is good I think that perhaps it is a bit one dimensional and the sweetness obscures some of the flavour. Regardless of that I’ve already enjoyed my way to the top of the label on this bottle.

Aftertaste: The finish is warm and sweet, with rich notes of coffee and caramel in the palate. It is slightly nutty and honeyed and has a subtle tinge of tobacco lurking somewhere in the back of the throat and palate.

Final thoughts: Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Ron Antiguo is simple and enjoyable liqueur like rum that will most likely appeal to friends of Ron Zacapa Centenario 23 or to those who just want to enjoy an easy and comforting sipper without necessarily having their palates challenged. Reserva Exclusiva could also work well served alongside a dessert.

[These notes are reproduced from refinedvices.com]

Judges' Comments from The International Cane Spirits Festival 2007

Redolent of rich caramel and chocolate, hazelnuts and burnt sugar; tastes sweet, smooth and balanced – delivers the promise of its aromas – delicious! Orange, chocolate, sweet mango – the flavor notes are endless; full-bodied, lush and rich, with a lingering finish that demands another sip.

Award: Gold Medal, Best In Category

Tasting Notes by Scottesrum.com

Initial Tastes

This is a nicely dark rum, a bit beyond gold. It smells a bit sweet, certainly from molasses, and smells a bit of fruit - particularly banana. It also has some touches that remind me of tequila for some reason - not that this is a bad thing, but I was surprised by a rum that reminded me of tequila. Overall though, it smelled a bit sweet and a bit complex, which make for a winning combination to me.

The taste is sweet and rich - it’s very thick in the mouth. The molasses comes out, as do dark fruits, and the finish is spicy with a mild burn. Another sip - the last one, so sampled with concentration - show some butter or toffee tastes, a bit of barrel and vanilla, and again the fruits. The finish on the slow sip is longer with some definite spices making the mouth tingle. Though plentiful with flavors, the balance is imperfect, being strong on molasses and the spicy finish. It’s not a bad balance, just not a perfect one.

This is a very good rum, sweet and complex, though the mild burn and lack of balance bring it down a notch from excellent. It’s still easy to recommend this rum... but I fear it might be wasted in any drink that doesn’t really show off the rum. And since it’s a very good sipping rum I’d be hard pressed to mix it. Overall, definitely recommended.

[These notes are reproduced from scottesrum.com]

Tasting Notes by Spirits Review (Chris Carlsson)

Notes: Distilled in copper pot stills, then aged in oak casks and bottled at 12 years of age. This rum is part of a series, the others being the Diplomatico Anejo and Diplomatico Reserva.

Appearance: Substantially darker than its brethren, it is a patinated bronze and could be mistaken for a well aged cognac or bourbon, till you smell the bouquet. Copper gold color, clear with no hazing separation or floating sediments. Long legs develop on swirling.

First Impression: Heavy redolent smell of caramelized molasses, dark dried fruits, (dates,figs,etc.,) allspice, cinnamon, ripe fruits and nuts. Slightly aromatic esters make it just a touch below perfect but overall it makes me want to drink it AND wear it (by intent rather than accident that is).

Taste: Spicy, medium-to-heavy mouth feel, buttery, fruity and spicy all at the same time, slight touch of sulfur and tobacco notes lets you know it is a molasses rather than a cane rum. Nutty, spicy, finish is long, but subtle. Slightly dry nutty finish with sweetness rather than a nasty sweet cloying that some rums have. Very gentlemanly, balanced, and of course diplomatic. Only negative point is the slightly harsh high ester smell and taste I mentioned before.

Drinks: Damn nice mixing rum and cheap enough to use and not worry about wasting it. Complex for its age and spicy enough to stand up to other ingredients.

Cigars: A good Dominican like a Avo, Opus X, or a spicy Cuban if you can find one.

Final Thoughts: Pretty amazing stuff especially for the price. Try buying a 13 year old rum (or almost any other spirit for that matter) for the same price with this quality. Yes, there are better rums out there - but for a lot more money.

Overall Rating 9/10

Customer Reviews:(40 reviews)
I'm on the fence about this. I usually don't drink rum straight, I'm more of a malt and rye fan, so I bought this based on the glowing reviews, hoping it may be it. I tried it as a mixer (e.g with Carpano classico) and it works well, but straight, no, not for me.
- Tudval, 4 days ago
Had this rum last week and just want more!! Outstanding
- anonymous, 2nd July
Simply fantastic! Great rum at that price.
- Diego moreno, 23rd June
sweet, smooth and worth the money. A class Rum!
- anonymous, 23rd June
It's quite simply the best! Everything you expect it to be and more. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.
- Mrs P, 23rd June
me and the wife couldnt put this down its a gorgeous drink and it has to be drunk straight, we bought this just because of the reviews,thanks guys great choice
- george & karen, 7th January
this in my favorite rum by a long shot - have tasted rums costing 4 times as much that cant compete with this stuff, it is truly superb.
- anonymous, 29th Mar '13
I don't know anything about anything but I know that I brought a bottle of this and I like it.
- anonymous, 17th Feb '13
An absolute classic,proper ansom Ron! I just inhaled it,amazing.
- T.bone kernow, 4th Dec '12
This rum was recommended by my local store. Initially I loved its sweetness, but as my experience with rum increased I found that this rum was languishing at the back of the cupboard. I tried it again and it’s evident that it’s been artificially sweetened (as they mention on their website). It will always hold a soft spot as it got me into the world of sipping rums but not one I would revisit, though I will enjoy what I have left over after meals as it makes a lovely dessert rum!
- MSR, 28th Nov '12
you have to be an idiot to mix this rum with anything. Super sweet smooth nectar. almost too good :)
- anonymous, 4th Oct '12
It makes you ache for more
- Martin Mac, 26th Jul '12
Fantastic Rum....great value for the money. Great with coke or just to sip on its own.
- Billy bob, 30th Apr '12
Toffee nose, demerara sugar, light spice and just a hint of wood - refined, mellow aromas. Lovely flavor with caramel, walnut skins (yes), creme caramel and banana. Lingering finish with a degree of refinement. This is growing on me.
- Kevin H, 29th Apr '12
A fantastic rum which really punches above it's £ weight. I can see why some people have compared it to Zacapa 23 - I enjoy both. For me I mix this with coke and plenty on ice and take the Zacapa hand warm.
- Barry, 28th Apr '12
THIS IS THE DADDY! An an amazing rum! My number 1 rum of choice, closely followed by El Dorado 15, with Mount Gay Extra Old and Pyrat XO in joint third. A lot of people compare this to the Zacapa. In my humble opinion, I cannot justify the extra tenner, it's just not worth it. I'll just save that tenner and I'm already over a quarter of the way to my next bottle! Thank you TWE for bringing this wonderful spirit into our lives!
- Angus J Whitehead, 23rd Apr '12
I brought a bottle just a few days ago and now I am in Rum Heaven. Complex, interesting, original, just sitting back and enjoying...
- LordOfNoob, 19th Apr '12
Smooth. Tastes like rich Christmas cake mix but better. I had been looking for this to try before buying and after finding it in a bar at £8.80 for a single measure had to rush out and buy a bottle. Well worth it
- anonymous, 14th Mar '12
This rum just never disappoints. It is wonderful to sip and savour. Do not hesitate to buy this, unless a hint of coffee is not your thing.
- Andy S, 25th Oct '11
This arrived today from TWE and I couldn't wait to open it. Wow what a rum, if you like this kind of flavour. For me it is close to Zacapa 23 but not better as such. Just different. Very much a coffee after taste. A gorgeous 'sipper', but it won't last long....
- Andy - 12th July 2011, 12th Jul '11
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