Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Rum

70cl / 40%
Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Rum
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A fabulous Venezuelan dark golden rum, distilled from molasses in a copper pot still 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.

Shortlisted for the TWE Spirit of the Year 2013 award


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  • Richness
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  • Ginger Ginger
  • Cinnamon Cinnamon
  • Orange Orange
  • Dark Chocolate Dark Chocolate
  • Christmas Cake Christmas Cake
  • Toffee Toffee

Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Rum Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by The Whisky Exchange

    Nose: Fruit cake and rum’n’raisin ice cream, sprinkled with cocoa and banana chips.

    Palate: Chocolatey notes dominate to start, fading to reveal fudge and tropical fruit.

    Finish: Bittersweet orange, dark chocolate and vanilla cream.

  • 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]

  • 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

92 Customer Reviews

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  • 1
    6 January

    Sweeetttt....and raw. Poor quality distillate that's masked with sugar syrup. An apparent mix of rum spirit and local sugar cane liqueur, it shouldn't even be sold as rum - but as spiced rum.

  • 2
    2 January

    Picked up a bottle of this for Christmas, and I have to say I was disappointed. There's a reason people keep saying it's like drinking Christmas cake or dessert- it's full of added sugar! In fact, the Diplomatico rum has TEN TIMES MORE SUGAR than, say, the excellent Havana Club 7 (see respective international websites). That makes it overwhelmingly sticky sweet to my palate, practically a liqueur. Sure, rum comes from sugar cane, but after the distillation process all the sugar has been removed. So some companies add sugar (in this case, lots of it) to make the rum sweeter. Too many other great rums out there...

  • 5
    4 December 2017

    full of caramel/chocolaty flavour - unlike any rum I've ever tasted. I love it.

  • 5
    15 November 2017

    Gourgeous cosy winter sipper, although i sipped the lot last christmas. Its a lovely rum, full of flavours, leaves nice ridges on the glass when you swill it round, shows its thick an sweet, definatly one to drink neat by a fire with friends. It goes great in an espresso too, if you have a quality coffee though.

  • 5
    15 November 2017

    Introduced to this by the Rum & Crab Shack in St Ives. Absolutely stunning rum especially for the price. Baked bananas, vanilla, Christmas cake, lots of complexity in the mouth and afterwards but totally smooth. I can't be without a bottle now and any rum I've had previously pales into insignificance.

  • 5
    7 October 2017

    Fantastic! Im a fan of Zacapa 23 but this one is even better i think! Diplomatico is probably the best rum i've ever had!

  • 5
    3 October 2017

    Tried at Edinburgh rum festival. Flawless!

  • 5
    17 September 2017

    Best Rum I've ever had - hands down

  • 5
    2 September 2017

    The Best Rum

  • 5
    26 July 2017

    Like drinking christmas cake, by far the best rum that I have ever drunk.

  • 5
    16 June 2017

    I am a hard whisky fan drinker first but i do try everythings else ! Never been a rum fan since i tasted a good one , that cost me really somethings! Price is very good compared to whisky and this is a very good one, dont mixt it ! Taste like birthday cake with banana and very smooth and still wanna have a next one, opened the bottle and already at my 5th drank ! So much good ! Try it

  • 5
    15 April 2017

    Perfect taste!

  • 5
    30 December 2016

    Love the cinnamon, fruity& ginger flavour. Fantastic value for money..... Love it!

  • 5
    15 December 2016

    Wow!! What a fantiastic rum for your money the toffee smell, plus the taste, and smooth balance is a taste bud bomb . I could go on more about the the flavours and textures that I can taste but I feel there's no need, I know that if you like your better rums this is a must... and I promise you won't be disappointed. This rum is now my favourite....

  • 5
    29 September 2016

    Fantastic. Undoubtably the best run for the money

  • 5
    21 September 2016

    Above and beyond the best rum that I have ever tasted. I must be missing out on a swathe of top tier rums, unless this one stands alone. It has the complexity of a fine whisky, yet maintains a very sipable palate.

  • 3
    9 September 2016

    Very sweet, loads of baked bananas and brown sugar on the nose. Settling down with some air, but all a bit over the top.

  • 5
    3 September 2016

    Excellent taste, mild sweetness, easy to drink

  • 5
    15 August 2016

    Absolutely stunning Rum

  • 5
    23 May 2016

    RIDICULOUS!!!! ... everything u hear about it is true... If u can get ur hands on it, get it!!... u wont regret it... sweet & smooth... cant say enough good things about it. one of, if not, the best rum i have ever had... right up there w el dorado, ron abuelo, ron zacapa, just a lil bit sweeter/smoother... FANTASTIC!!

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