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Cigar Spirits: Ron Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva Rum

25 Jun 2015


Here in Washington, it has been hot lately, with the only exception being intense storms that quickly give way to extra humidity. Some call it summer but I call it rum season, and today I’ll introduce you to one of my go-to rums.

Ron Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva is a Venezuelan rum that is actually a blend of rums aged up to 12 years. The blend mostly consists of rum distilled from a sugar cane honey “with 80% heavy and 20% light rums and aged for up to 12 years.”

The nose of this dark, copper-colored rum wastes no time as it wafts toward your nose as soon as you pull the cork top. Once poured into the glass, the vibrant nose shows brown sugar icing, clove, and banana bread.

On the plate Diplomático reveals nougat, maple wood, oak, nuttiness, orange peel, and chocolate. It has a rich thickness with a restrained sweetness. It’s plenty sweet with lots of vanilla, but it isn’t cloying and is balanced out by spice, wood, and fruit. The finish continues the interplay between the brown sugar sweetness and the oaky woodiness, which leaves the plate a little dry.

I’ll admit I’m far more likely to drop an ice cube in my rum than my bourbon, and I wouldn’t hold it against you if you did that here, but it does deserve to be tried neat first. Diplomático is plenty smooth for the task (aided by the fact it is 80-proof).

Any cigar you enjoy would work as a pairing with Diplomático. To really bring out the best, though, I’d lean towards refined and elegant over big and bold. For example, the photo above shows the Drew Estate Nica Rustica, but my suggested Drew Estate cigar with this rum would be Herrera Estelí.

You won’t find it everywhere but, with a little work, Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva isn’t all that hard to track down. If you enjoy rums that can be sipped neat or on the rocks, consider the Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva a must-try.

Patrick S

photo credit: Stogie Guys

2 Responses to “Cigar Spirits: Ron Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva Rum”

  1. Boozehound Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 8:01 am #

    This is a ridiculously well-timed post. I’m heading to the beach on Saturday for the rest of the week with a bottle of Diplomatico Reserva as my nightly, post-dinner tipple. I neither know much about cigars nor smoke often, but cigars at the beach with friends is sort’ve a yearly ritual that I look forward to and was wondering last night what I should pick up at the cigar store to go with the Diplomatico Reserva. And then this showed up in my FB feed! Perfect timing! Any other recommendations for good cigar pairings with this rum, preferably in the somewhat more economical range? 🙂

    • The Stogie Guys Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 10:13 pm #

      Glad to hear this was right on time. As for cigars that would pair well and are priced right, here are a few suggestions:
      Fuente Chateau and Double Chateau
      Camacho Connecticut
      Ernesto Perez Carrillo New Wave
      Joya de Nicaragua Cabinetta
      Oliva Series G
      Padron Natural X000 series
      San Lotano Connecticut