Diplomatico Rum, which is part of our Classic & Vintage Artisanal Spirits Collection division, has been featured with two products as the The Best New Rums of 2017 by Supercall. Article by DILLON MAFIT and Pictures from MARK YOCCA, read below:
We are sad to report that rum still hasn’t gained the affection en masse that it deserves, even after the widespread tiki-explosion that rocked the American bar scene in 2016. Regardless, 2017 turned out to be a great year for rum drinkers. Not only did makers of the sugar-based spirit produce bottles that were more interesting and far funkier than ever before, but the already diverse category of spirits expanded to include offerings from Mexico in its global roster—a country that has never commercially released sugarcane spirits beyond its borders before. After donning our favorite Hawaiian shirts and tasting our way through a diverse batch of rums released this year, here are our five picks for the best rums of 2017.
Ron Diplomático’s Distillery Collection Batch No. 1 $60
This totally geeky line of rums was designed to showcase the brand’s diverse array of distillation techniques and how each one affects the outcome of their final blends (this bottle, along with the chocolatey Batch No. 2, make up the brand’s Mantuano bottling, which also made our list). Batch number one is distilled on the company’s Batch Kettle still, a semi-continuous distillation system bought by Diplomático in 1959. On the nose the rum smells like Coca-Cola and old-timey root beer, with hefty wafts of sarsaparilla and fresh vanilla. It is syrupy and viscous on the palate, with flavors of cola, burnt sugar, malted chocolate milkshakes, brown bananas and toffee. This entry in the Distillery Collection is worth seeking out for its uniqueness and sippability—not just for curiosity’s sake.
Ron Diplomático’s Botucal Mantuano Extra Viejo Rum $28
This delectable Venezuelan rum has become one of our new favorites. Distilled from molasses, the blended rum is made from the two different spirits mentioned above, which are produced on two different styles of stills. Mantuano’s distinctive flavor and aroma are the direct result of time in white oak casks, which were used to hold bourbon and single malt whisky. Dense and aromatic, the rum smells like black tea leaves (after they’re brewed and rested), orange pith, cinnamon, milk chocolate and roasted peanuts. On the palate the spirit is rich and intense, with flavors of chocolate pudding, caramelized brown sugar, wet earth, and those orange chocolate balls you get at Christmas. The finish is long, overwhelmingly creamy and round. While we’re sure that it has uses in a variety of cocktails, we’re having trouble drinking the rum any other way than straight out of our glass.