- Varieties Cultivated: Sugar Cane
- Annual Production: 5,000,000 bottles
- Country: Venezuela
- Winemaker: Tito Cordero
Rum Diplomático was established in 1959 out of a partnership between Venezuela’s best rum distilleries and Seagram’s International and its Reserva Exclusiva formed part of their “Rare Rums of The Carribean” collection. After Seagram’s sold the distilleries back to its Venezuela distillers and operators, Rum Diplomático continued to build onits past success. In the 2000s, the line was extended to include an aged blanco, a two year añejo, an eight year reserva, along with, of course, the twelve year Reserva Exclusiva.
In the past ten years, Rum Diplomático has become the most awarded rum in the world, and it’s master distiller, Tito Cordero, is the only person to have won “Master Blender of the Year” two times (2011, 2013) from London’s Golden Rum Barrel Awards. The Rum Diplomático distilleries were the first in Venezuela to be certified with ISO 14001 in recognition of its environmental initiatives. In 2014, a Drinks International survey revealed the Rum Diplomático is the #1 Trendiest Rum in America’s Hottest Bars. Reserva Exclusiva received a double gold medal at the 2016 San Francisco Spirits Competition