Diplomatico Blanco

Diplo Blanco

Product of:  Venezuela
Aged:  6 
years
Price: $30
Alcohol: 40% ABV
Context:  Premium White Rum
RG Rating: 9.5

Tasting Notes
Diplomatico Rum Blanco shows almost crystal clear, the transparency perhaps occluded only by the appealing sugar contents.  Mildly complex, pleasant aromas of vanilla, oak, and slightly organic smells of cane juice and a hint of sweet butter add to the mystery.   Only refined alcohol are readily detected, as all of the off odors are  distilled and filtered out,.  The initial taste is clean and slightly sweet like mild caramel and butterscotch on a medium body, ending slightly dry.  What little of the finish lingers is delicate and creamy.  

Anecdotes
I first tasted Diplomatico Blanco at the Ministry of Rum Tasting Competition during  Miami Rum Renaissance in May 2009, where it earned a well deserved Gold Medal. 

The rum is produced from sugar cane and distilled in a combination of column and copper pots stills four times, ensuring a high level ofalcoholoc purity for the spirit that ages in white oak barrels for a 6 years. After aging, all color is removed by five filtrations through carbon. The distinct though subtle flavor of sugar cane in the final product suggests that cane juice is added before bottling. 

Diplomatico Rum Matrix-OK

The bottle is tall, cylindrical, and heavy. The distinctive Diplomatico postage stamp label is copper-orange colored over a clear glass. A copper foil neck and a synthetic cork topped by a copper plastic cap finishes the presentation. 

Opinion 
If your first tasting of Diplomatico Rum Blanco were literally blind, meaning you were unable to actually see what you were drinking, your other senses would surely indicate a rum aged to maturity and mahogany in color was in your glass.  The aromas are simply that suggestive. Indeed, one could argue that Diplomatico Rum Blanco is more in the league of aged rum and should not be lumped together with white rums, which are usually bottled younger – the rum is truly different. Overall, Diplomatico’s Blanco rum is uiquely among premium white rums.  It is prefectly suited to sipping, and works equally well in premium cocktails. 

Reviewed: August 2009 at the Rum Gallery, USA

© Dave Russell 2017