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.
Diplomático Selección de Familia is made up of 90% pot still, 5% Barbet, and 5% batch kettle rums, which have been aged for up to 12 years in American white oak, ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. Interestingly, the ex-sherry casks are the same barrels that were previously used to finish Diplomático Ambassador and Diplomático Single Vintage. However, unlike those bottlings, the rum destined for Selección de Familia is treated to a full maturation in those barrels. It’s bottled with 20g of sugar added which is significantly less than a lot of premium rums.
Nose: Honeyed forest fruits with tons of red and black cherry. Gooey toffee, raisin and a touch of date. Very soft vanilla with the merest hint of oily orange peel.
Palate: First creamy, juicy plum & cherry set against a backdrop of coconut. Cooked oak spice and brandy ripple across the palate, chased down by rounded pepper and bold toffee sweetness.
Finish: Smooth, with thick notes of demerara sugar. Well-rounded, long finish with a hint of pipe tobacco on the tail.