Venezuela’s Ron Diplomatico has quite a few expressions, with these two releases a part of its newish Status Vary, which proceed to push the rum world upmarket. Let’s dig in to every in flip.
Ron Diplomatico Ambassador – Diplomatico’s highest-end expression is “straight from the barrel”… however solely 47% abv, which raises an eyebrow or two. Completed in sherry casks and bottled in a powerful decanter, it’s the sippingest of sipping rums from an organization recognized for its opulence. Diplomatico has at all times been candy — its rums are famously closely dosed with added sugar — and right here issues are a bit of excessive. The sherry affect provides the nostril an instantaneous richness, nutty and winey, with oxidized fruit notes hanging low. Large brown sugar, studded with raisins, instantly evokes a Sunday morning brunch. The palate has all this and extra, filtered by a daring slurry of brown sugar and maple syrup. The sherry-driven qualities mood all of the sugar however they’ll solely to date, with notes of baked apples, cinnamon rolls, and juicy raisins in the end dominating properly into the end. There’s a wealthy and rewarding rum beneath all of the sweetness, however it’s simply too blown out with sugar to make its presence felt. 94 proof. B+ / $270 [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS] [BUY IT NOW FROM RESERVEBAR]
Ron Diplomatico Single Classic 2007 – An ultra-premium rum solely produced throughout distinctive years when our skilled Maestros Roneros uncover rums maturing in a novel and extraordinary means. It has been distilled, aged and blended in Venezuela, from cane honey and molasses, utilizing a novel number of stills and columns.” The ultimate mix of barrels is completed in oloroso sherry casks for an unspoken size of time. The rum is on level, providing a nostril of brewed tea, espresso, and unique woods that evoke jasmine and a contact of eucalyptus. The palate is, as at all times, fairly candy — although that enhances the black tea character properly, and opens the door on the palate to notes of Maraska cherry, rum raisin ice cream, and a touch of anise. Slight cocoa powder notes linger on a end that mercifully pulls again the throttle on the sugar. A implausible sipper. 86 proof. A- / $115 [BUY IT NOW FROM RESERVEBAR]