Diplomático to release single-vintage rum in UK

diplomatico rum single vintageA limited-edition single-vintage rum from 2000 is to be introduced by Venezuelan rum producer Diplomático in the UK.

Master blender Tito Cordero chose it from a selection of reserves laid down to age at Destilerias Unidas 13 years ago. It reflects factors such as the high daytime temperatures and cooler-than-usual nights in Venezuela in 2000.

This was followed by high humidity and lower than average rainfall which played an integral part in creating one of the best sugar cane harvests in Venezuelan history.

Made from exceptionally high-quality sugar cane honey, the spirit was made in copper pot stills with a kettle batch system and aged in bourbon and single-malt whisky casks before being rested in Spanish sherry wood.

Tito said: “It´s a truly unique limited edition, a vintage that we are really proud of at Ron Diplomático, having let a specific harvest shine naturally and develop its own personality.”

The Single Vintage 2000 was launched at Rumfest in London this weekend by UK distributor Speciality Brands. It will be available to trade customers at £57 from the end of October.

According to tasting notes, it has classic Diplomático notes of vanilla and milk chocolate caramels backed up by cinnamon spice and brown sugar sweetness on the nose. It develops through creamy chocolate truffles and salted almonds to dried apricot, raisins and earthy leather.

On the palate, it is led by notes of golden syrup and dried fruit, with vanilla ice cream and oaky flavours of cinnamon, green leaves and tree bark. Rum ‘n’ raisin fudge as well as real raisins, apricots, dates and richly pungent honey round it out, producing a very easy-drinking rum.

The finish is long, lingering and warming, with cloves, leather, black liquorice sticks and polished oak joined by vanilla pod sweetness and rich earthiness.

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