Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva shows a deep bronze tone in the glass. Savor Diplomatico Reserve Exclsiva’s fine sweet aroma long and well before sipping. The deliciously balanced smells of toasty caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, pistachio and coffee beans will prepare you for what’s next. The richly sweet body delivers flavors more complex and spicy than the aroma would lead you to expect, and it’s a nice surprise, adding complexity to this already fascinating rum. Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva finishes off-dry, slightly sweet with a hint of earthiness, but ultimately very refined. The flavors linger mostly in the forward part of your tongue, leaving a sense of depth, rather than the choking goodbye in you throat that so many of today’s heavier rums exit with.
Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva presents itself like an old world rum; deliciously sweet, subtle but noble in character and deserving of respect. After distillation in copper pot stills, blending, and aging for 12 years in small white oak barrels, the rum is sealed in an understated, classic frosted green bottle with a label like an enlarged postage stamp. Enough about the outside – off with the screw cap – then one sip takes you back, transported by a traditional rum that has been crafted by people who’ve been doing it longer than most, perfecting old world techniques. Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva earns greater respect with each sip, tasting more refined and appreciating in value.
By now you can tell I’m a big fan of this rum. I serve it often during private rum tastings and on rum cruises that I host in the Caribbean. In all cases, it is a crowd favorite. Diplomatico Reserva Exculsiva continues Venezuela’s fine tradition of making some of the world’s finest sipping rums.
Reviewed: November 2011 and November, 2007 at the Rum Gallery, USA.