Diplomático introduces ‘super-premium’ rum suited to cocktails

Kate Malczewski

Kate Malczewski

29 September 2020

Venezuelan rum producer Diplomático has launched Selección de Familia, a new ‘super-premium’ expression suited to stirred-down drinks

The rum is made from molasses and sugar cane honey, distilled in 90% copper pot stills and 10% batch kettle and column stills. It's then aged for up to 12 years in American white oak, ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks.

According to Diplomático, the liquid was developed to represent the personalities behind the brand. ‘A passion for artisanal rum-making traditions flows through our family’s veins,’ said José Rafael Ballesteros Melendez, chief executive officer of Diplomático. ‘We have used our skills and knowledge to create a distinguished rum that evokes this unique character and this is why we have called it Diplomático Selección de Familia.’

Speaking at a virtual tasting of the new rum, Diplomático master rum maker Nelson Hernandez said: ‘You can feel the influence of Jerez [the sherry cask], oak, honey, dried fruit, vanilla… it’s the picture of our passion.’

On the nose, the rum offers notes of honey, black tea-soaked raisins and banana; this bold, deep honeyed character continues on the palate along with notes of warming spices, dried fruit and vanilla, all supported by a pleasant astringent streak.

Though we’d happily sip it neat, Diplomático brand ambassador Jon Lister explained that the rum has a ‘spicy, more challenging’ character that ‘encourages playing around with stirred drinks’. He recommends using Selección de Familia in drinks like the Sazerac, Manhattan and Old Fashioned.

43% abv, RRP £55, Speciality Brands, specialitybrands.com

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