Review: Ron Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva

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If you see a cocktail on a menu with Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva in the ingredient list, buy it. Doesn’t much matter what else is in it. I guarantee you’re going to have a hell of a good drink.

Exclusiva is the top of Diplomatico’s “tradition” line — though there’s a pair of “prestige” rums above this, but those are crazy expensive. This Venezuela-born rum spends up to 12 years in oak casks. That’s not insanely old in the rum world, but the dense chocolate brown color of the rum sure makes it seem like it’s been in cask for considerably longer than that.

Exclusiva features heavy notes of coffee, licorice, and dark brown sugar — both on the nose and much more intensely in on the palate. Dark chocolate is heavy on the finish, with a touch of maple bar. The rum is extremely gentle and pleasant, no burn or bite at all — to the point of dangerousness. It’s simply far too easy to sip on glass after glass of this stuff without realizing quite how much you’re drinking.

Ultimately, there’s nothing much surprising about Exclusiva, but it hits all the right notes you want in a nicely aged rum — and the bottle looks like something Jack Sparrow would drink out of. Epic win.

80 proof.

A / $40 / rondiplomatico.com  [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS]

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5 Responses

  1. Tony September 17, 2015 / 7:24 am

    This is my favorite rum from Venezuela.

  2. Ivar March 25, 2016 / 4:33 am

    This is that easy to drink because of all the additives, including a mountain of sugar. Cocktail in a bottle, not rum.

  3. conrad May 23, 2017 / 12:59 am

    LOL. This stuff is barely rum. It’s a liqueur. I mean, it’s just ethanol (which MAY have been derived from sugar/molasses), artificial flavours and a shitload of sugar — in fact, they even used to claim as much on their site, albeit slightly less explicitly. I wouldn’t be surprised if this “rum” has never even seen the inside of a barrel.

    Of course, all this shit’s fine in the rum world where nobody seems to give a fuck if the stuff they’re drinking is authentic or actually rum. You could sell vodka as rum to rum “aficionados”… Just add some sugar and caramel colour and make sure to put it in a fancy, ugly-ass bottle labelled “rum”. Oh, and don’t forget to include a totally disingenuous rum age statement. Get these things right and as long as you add enough sugar to give an elephant diabetes the rum fanatics will be scoring 100’s across the board. They’re just as discerning and “discriminating” as this site…

  4. conrad May 24, 2017 / 2:11 pm

    Matusalem is just a respected and premium a brand as Diplomatico and they put all kinds of stuff besides sugar in their rum. If you think that the Diplomatico Res is just some distillate, sugar and natural barrel flavours you might want to have your tastebuds examined.

    Here’s what it used to say on their site, btw: “Only high purity distilled alcohols and rich aromas and flavours are used to manufacture rums…”

    AND rich aromas and flavours? Pretty sure rum is just a distillate… Honestly, insisting they don’t add stuff to Reserva (besides an absolute shit-tonne of sugar, of course) is naive.

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