Venezuela

Review: Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Venezuelan Rum by Jason Hambrey

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ABV
40%
Aging
Up to 12 Years
Recipe
From light molasses
Distiller Diplomatico (La Miel, Venezuela)

I bought this rum because it consistently came up as one of the best widely available rums you could buy, and it's not that expensive. In Ontario, it used to be harder to find, but recently it has been more commonly available.

This rum is made from just the pot still distillates produced at diplomatico, which are used to craft what they deem their best rums. Rather than some of their other rums which are made from both light molasses ("sugar cane honey") and dark molasses, this is just made from light molasses. At Diplomatico, they also ferment this "honey" for twice as long as the regular molasses, allowing it to develop more complex flavor. Thus, this bottling is really a selection of their best spirit. Also, it is a terrific bottle.


Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2014

Elegant, sweet, bright,  and candied. What a terrific nose! Candied, dried blueberry, toffee, vanilla, caramel, rich rum cake, pink peppercorn, and oaky spices – cinnamon, clove, nutmeg. Walnut skins and light sherry as well. Very nicely balanced. The palate is also great – though sweet – with a very clean molasses note, some rancio, orange, clove, and menthol. The finish is bright, with light berries, rancio, currants, vanilla, and light brown sugar. Terrific rum!

Assessment: Highly Recommended.

Value: Average. Perhaps high, depending on how much you like this. I’d definitely say it’s a worthwhile buy.


Review: Diplomatico Reserva Venezuelan Rum by Jason Hambrey

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ABV
40%
Aging
Up to 8 Years; Bourbon and Single Malt Casks
Recipe
From light and dark molasses
Distiller Diplomatico (La Miel, Venezuela)

This Venezuelan rum is produced near the Andes in a sugarcane-growing region, in another relatively warm area of the world with remarkably consistent temperatures year round. This rum is their entry level aged rum, alongside the older Exclusiva and their white rum. The rum is produced from a mix of light and dark molasses with a yeast strain which is cultivated on site. This rum is made from a blend of column, batch kettle, and pot still rums.


Review (2015)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2014

On the nose - quite bready, but also with vanilla and orange peel, and some passionfruit-like notes as well. oaky, too. It tastes remarkably sherried - did they age this in Scotch ex-sherry casks? I wonder. With a good bit of air, it develops some nice, lighter berry notes which really shine in the exclusiva version.

The taste is a bit peppery, a bit tannic, with some molasses notes mid-palate but then more vanilla and smooth caramel towards the end with lots of spices. There is also some rancio in the mix. A ton of spiciness in the mix – classic oak spices do some good work here. Finishes quite nicely with a lot of spice and dried fruit, spice, vanilla, some dried berry notes, and saccharin.

Value: Low. I find this rum a bit dense and woody, and although I quite like its older sibling, this isn’t my choice for a rum in this price range - most other rums in this price range are better picks for me.