Diplomatico Ambassador

63,67

Average score

Bottle Profile
Distillery DUSA (Diplomatico)
Origin Venezuela
Bottler none
Type Pure Single Rum (100% pot still)
Alcohol By Volume 47%
Sugar Measured
Description 100% pot still rums aged a minimum of 12 years in ex-bourbon casks and then finished for an additional two years in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks
Review 3

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Review by "Henrik" Score: 67

Nose: At first you are met by a thick, juicy syrup and brown sugar. Regrettably it comes off as a bit artificial. Behind the sweetness, more sweetness arrives from liquorice with a lot of juicy rum soaked raisins on the side. On the more subtle side, I noted coffee and roasted nuts Last to join in are a touch of stale cola and mild oak. The alcohol is light and a little sharp on the nose, which felt a little industrial and not fitting of a rum this age and premium appearance.

Palate: Not as thick as I feared, but still a lot of sugar. It is dominated very much but brown sugar and raisins from the get-go, but thankfully there is also room for other flavours. For instance some very salty liquorice coming in with the second wave, along with a burst of soft oaks and spices. Vanilla and cinnamon comes to mind. Immediately after that I was surprised by old leather and cigar smoke. The ABV isn’t very obvious at first, but then you feel it. It lies underneath it all and grinds away, but heavily dulled by the massive sugary mouthfeel, so you don’t notice it as much. But it is there and it is sharp. It doesn’t integrate nearly as well as other above 45% rums I have had.

Finish: There is a quite long finish in store for you. It is still very sweet, but it also has a lot of warmth to give. There is an interesting, declining oakyness and spicyness, which is there from start to finish. It does clean it self up quite nicely and doesn’t stay sticky in your mouth. Kudos to that.

Thoughts: Not that complex on the nose and with the pungency somewhat hidden, sweet palate and a nice, smooth, long, warm finish. Yes, it has sugar. Yes, it has sharpness on the nose. Yes, it bites a little in the throat. No, it is not very well balanced. But I had a fun time with it. I do however get a sense, that the Ambassador is a premium example of a frantic attempt to mask a mediocre rum as a premium product by adding sugar and then trying to balance out the glue-like stickyness with a higher ABV. The sense of alcohol is sharp, feels underdeveloped and comes off as a clear lack of craftsmanship. The sweetness is thick and heavy, and it very clearly acts as a cover up to the sharpness. Doesn’t manage to do the job properly.

Review by "Serge" Score: 55

A prestige bottling by a brand that makes many whisky (and rum) enthusiasts either laugh or cringe. Sadly, it's been finished in PX, but that's probably not the worst way of adding 'sweet additives' to a spirit. I like the improved strength, having said that.

Nose: what's this? It's pure honey and molasses! Sadly not at the price of pure honey and molasses. If you wait a bit longer, there are pleasant notes of milk chocolate and tinned litchis that are coming through. Some Nutella too, sadly.

Palate: ouch. An oak-coated sugar bomb. Corn syrup galore! I just cannot swallow more than two drops of this sickly sweet thing. Ambassadors should stick with Ferrero Rocher if you ask me.

Finish: medium, ultra-sweet, with a little orange liqueur, which is nicer. Cranberry juice.

Thoughts: bwah bwah bwah. Feels like if 10% pure sugar was added, and the 47% vol. feel like 25%. I almost like the much, much cheaper 'Reserva' better. And Coca-Cola.

Review by "Cyril" Score: 69

La robe de ce rhum est très riche, cuivré foncé avec la présence du disque verdâtre caractéristique d’un âge avancé. Faisons danser le liquide et c’est une couronnes de fines gouttelettes qui se forme, se transformant progressivement en larges larmes qui tombent assez rapidement au fond du verre .

Nose: Le nez est riche et chaleureux, fort sur les fruits secs et les fruits à coques grillés et caramélisés à l’excès (caramel brulé), un boisé luxueux (santal) et des épices qui d’entrée font ressortir le curry. La note s’estompe rapidement et le fruité refait surface de très belle manière avec un nez profond de cerises noires, de bananes grillées, de chocolat et de raisins. Le tout finement vanillé, avec de la noix grillée. Le nez est vraiment chaleureux car toujours relevé par un voile boisé et presque fumé qui donne de la classe et de la tenue. On est loin des autres rhums de la gamme, et l’affinage dans des fûts de Ximenez n’est pas étrange à l’affaire.

Palate: L’attaque est moelleuse et l’entrée en bouche se fait tout en douceur ; on retrouve ce boisé caramélisé et le fruité, les épices (le curry encore mais aussi une note plus corsée de poivre) et une bonne dose de café. En bouche on est à la limite de la liqueur tellement l’ensemble apparait crémeux et très sucré (mélasse, caramel). Les fruits secs et grillés (noix) ont une nouvelle fois une belle place, vanillés comme il se doit. Une légère mais belle montée en intensité aromatique opère jusqu’au bout.

Finish: Le final est long, réchauffant et relativement puissant ; Disons qu’il y a un enchainement d’intensité assez intéressant et plaisant, toujours sur les mêmes notes aromatiques mais malheureusement encore très sucré, toujours sur le style d’une liqueur. Le goût sec et sucré que laisse le rhum en bouche vous donnera soit l’envie de vous resservir, soit celle plus salutaire de boire un grand verre d’eau.

Thoughts: Si vous aimez les rhums moelleux et sucrés (type solera) ce Diplomatico vous plaira à coup sûr. Le nez est très plaisant mais la suite s’avère beaucoup trop sucrée et le final, même si intéressant, assèche la bouche. Le prix n’est pas justifié et reste très élevé, et surtout beaucoup trop pour ce qu’il y a dans la bouteille, même si là encore le packaging est très réussi (c’est sans doute la raison de son succès, mais ça ne fait malheureusement pas tout).

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