Diplomatico Reserva Exlcusiva first hit the bottom of my glass in the summer of 2009. I was hunting for something new after enjoying a run with Cruzan’s Single Barrel, their flagship offering. To be perfectly honest, I first picked up Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva because the bottle caught my attention – its deep green hue and a label like freshly printed money. It’s a shame us Canadians have to pay, on average, $55.00 for Exclusiva, but there is no questioning its unbelievable value at this price point. The spirit lurking within its eye-catching exterior is blended from 80% heavy and 20% light rums, aged for up to 12 years in white oak barrels.
With my first taste, I was shocked at how smooth and sweet the Venezuelan rum was, and I didn’t experience the teeth that other rums in this category often have. As Exclusiva moves toward its finish, smoothness reigns supreme with a complex array of flavours emerging. A bit more about the smoothness of this spirit; I wouldn’t go so far as to call it silky smooth. Some will revel in the intensity and richness of its toffee and fudge finish, while others may find it overpowering. If you’re looking for something more refined, consider a stellar choice like Santa Teresa 1796 Ron Antiguo de Solera Rum, or El Dorado’s 15-year-old Special Reserve. But if you savour a spirit that holds nothing back, Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva is for you. There is no question – I will drink this again for years to come.