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Old 01-08-2009, 11:47 AM   #1
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Default Diplomatico Ron Blanco

Thanks to Ed's tip, I had a chance to try the new Diplomatico Ron Blanco last night at a tasting at the Brandy Library in NYC. They're calling it the first ultra-premium white rum. It's a 10 year, which they filter after aging in their bourbon casks. Tasting notes very similar to Robert's notes from a few months back. Strong hint of coconut and vanilla. Remarkably smooth for a white. It was a bit hard to get used to that taste coming from a clear spirit. It's supposed to hit the states next month, with a street price of around $28. My guess is that they'll try and push it to compete with 10 Cane for use in high end mixed drinks and fancy bars. It definitely holds its own as a decent sipping rum, if you can get used to drinking a clear rum... Not quite as enjoyable as their reserva exclusiva, but definitely drinkable, at a decent price.
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Old 01-08-2009, 12:10 PM   #2
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Thank you for the news! I like to have many white rums around so that I can vary my daiquiris character, from time to time. Their Anejo is a great mixer, too.
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American oak barrels tend to lend coconut flavors to rum while French oak tends to yield almond flavors. As Eric and Rob have mentioned, hints of coconut permeate this smooth white rum with a slightly viscous body.

As soon as I have a bottle shot I'll post it in the detail pages. In the meantime here are some details.
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Old 01-08-2009, 02:33 PM   #4
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I could be wrong, but I believe they had this available as samples at RumFest, didn't they? If it's the rum I'm thinking of, then you are a lucky man for getting to try it. The Diplomatico white that I had in London was superb.
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Exciting news!!
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I could be wrong, but I believe they had this available as samples at RumFest, didn't they? If it's the rum I'm thinking of, then you are a lucky man for getting to try it. The Diplomatico white that I had in London was superb.
Yes, Dood, that's the same Diplomatico Rum Blanco we had in London. Ed and I had the honor of opening the first bottle of that rum to reach the U.S. shores at a dinner in Coral Gables last summer. I've been jealously guarding my meager supply of 10 bottles personally delivered to me by the distiller's family, awaiting the green light that the product is in the pipeline and beginning to ship to stores soon.

As to the long-term issues of expensive white rum... the jury remains out on whether the market will accept such a product. We've all been trained long and hard that white rum is cheap. It will take some serious re-training to get folks to try some first-class cocktails made with first-class white rums by first-class mixologists.

Brothers... I have seen the light. We may not get there quickly, but I do believe that day is on the horizon... if we can get this juice in the hands of those that know what to do with it.
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This sounds like a great rum that will lend a new profile to cocktails. Can't wait to try this rum in a classic Daquiri or a Mojito.
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I will definitly pick up a bottle as soon as it is available. I have always enjoyed sipping white rums. Can't wait to try this one. Does anyone know if it will be available at any of the big Online shops in the NY or NJ area?
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I just received my case Diplomatico Blanco Reserva. Oh my gosh, this white rum is off-the-chart tasty. I've only had a couple of ounces, so far, and I had to stop and post. More to follow....
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I just received my case Diplomatico Blanco Reserva. Oh my gosh, this white rum is off-the-chart tasty. I've only had a couple of ounces, so far, and I had to stop and post. More to follow.
Now you see what I'm talking about. Try making a great daiquiri, or my favorite, below.

The Barefoot Diplomat
2.5 oz Diplomatico Rum Banco
3.5 oz good coconut water
1 oz key lime juice
2 oz Martinique cane syrup
2 drops Angostura bitters
2 drops Angostura orange bitters
combine into a shaker with ice. pump it good.

pour into a martini glass, or in a tumbler with rocks.
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