Diplomatico Añejo

Diplomatico Añejo Blk-OK

Product of:  Venezuela
Aged:  4 
years (estimate) 
Price: $14-$18
Alcohol: 40% ABV
Context:  Premium Aged Rum
RG Rating: 8

Tasting Notes
A pale straw color of exquisite clarity invites you to sample refreshingly soft aromas of sweet cane, with nice scents of oak and vanilla bean.  Mildly herbaceous and nutty scents (essence of pecan, cashew) are less apparent, followed by a spices of clove, cinnamon, butterscotch, a hint of nutmeg, and mild but not objectionable ethanol in evident throughout.  There are no flavor surprises after sniffing, as the initial taste is pleasantly consistent with the aromas, and reveals a medium sweet and somewhat woody rum, with adequately mature, and just enough spicy edge to heighten interest.  The medium-weight body plays consistently with your senses, while the finish is fine and sweet, light enough to soothe your tongue, and long-lasting.

Anecdotes
An attractive label on parchment-style paper is both dignified and humble. Diplomatico Anejo’s bottle shares the same wide shape as the distiller’s superb Reserva Exclusiva rum, except the glass used for the Añejo is clear and unfrosted.

Diplomatico Rum Matrix-OK

Opinion 
Diplomatico Añejo is a delicious sipping rum in its own right, all the more impressive considering the low price.  Sufficiently smooth with enough complexity in aroma and flavor to reward delicate sipping, even the rich molasses foundation adds depth and texture without being overwhelming. Overall, Diplomatico Añejo delivers a refined character that is rare in a relatively young rum, adds depth of flavor to mixed drinks, and strikes a good balance for mixing.

Reviewed: August 2009 at the Rum Gallery, USA

© Dave Russell 2017