At its location at the foot of The Andes in the Terepaima National Park, the distillery has been producing top-quality spirits for over 50 years and has achieved cult status with rum connoisseurs across the globe. The distillery was designed for versatility, with three pot stills and four column stills distilling different styles of spirit from top-grade molasses and sugar cane honeys. The distillery boasts having been awarded the ISO 14001 for sustainability. Destilerias Unidas does all it can to ensure the facility has as little impact on its beautiful environment as possible.
The skill of the master distiller and the craft of the master blender work in perfect harmony to create the Diplomatico range. This includes expressions differing in character, suggested drinking style and price, but all with the underlying hallmark of a rum of the highest calibre.
Overseeing the whole operation is the erudite Tito Cordero who has worked at DUSA since 1988. Tito is one of rum"„¢s most celebrated master blenders and his accolades include “Master Blender Of The Year at the 2011 and 2013 Golden Barrel Awards. Tito is currently also president of The Ron de Venezuela DOC Regulatory Council.
Diplomatico Ambassador Selection has been created by Rum Master Tito Cordero, only the 3rd Rum Master in the history of DUSA. Crafted from 100% heavy pot still rums and aged for a minimum of 12 years, the rum is aged in ex-bourbon casks and then finished for an additional two years in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. Not only does it contain no sweeteners, caramel or other additives, its high strength (47% ABV) also means it does not require chill-filtration. This ensures that fatty acids which contribute to the mouth feel and flavour are not removed during the filtration process, allowing for an exceptionally smooth finish.
Aromas of rich raisins, stewed apricots and soft brown sugar are balanced by drying woody tannins hinting at recently emptied cigar boxes. Rich and sticky palate, with more raisins, cinnamon butter and caramelised bananas shot through with soft caramel, holding everything together. Lingering hints of liquorice root and dark sugars on the finish sweetened up by light sugar syrup.