So, who is this guy on the label named Ron Antiguo? First of all, his name isn’t Ron. Ron is the Spanish word for rum and Antiguo is the Spanish word for old. So, who is he? His name is Don Juancho Nieto Meléndez and he was known as one of the premier spirits collectors in Venezuela. This 8-year-old aged rum produced at the Distilerias Unidas S.A. (DUSA) in Lara, Venezuela is is named in his honor. Made from 50% continuous and 50% pot still rums, Diplomatico Reserva marks their 25th anniversary in 2014.
Diplomatico Reserva (80 proof)
Visual: Honeyed brown.
Nose: High, thin elements of spice and charred wood. Slight molasses sweetness with a cola extract note.
Taste: Less sweet and more dry than most rums, with a lot of wood character. The balance of dark molasses sweetness is greatly tempered by the amount of aging and type of wood.
Finish: Dry, spicy and fine.
Overall: More of a sipping rum than a mixer, this nonetheless will add a great deal of character to an aged rum cocktail.
GSN Rating: A-
For more information go to: Ron Diplomatico