Distillery Bottling 70cl / 43%
Selección de Familia is a super-premium rum rafted in Venezuela. It is primarily distilled in copper pot stills (90%), combined with a small portion of batch kettle and column still rums (10%).
It contains specifically selected rums aged for up to 12 years in charred American white oak barrels, and after the initial blending process, it is finished in a selection of Bourbon, Whisky and Sherry casks before the final marriage.
Spicier and drier than the Reserva Exclusiva, this is to be enjoyed neat or sipped over ice.
Nose: Rich, dark and intense. Stewed orange flesh, charred peel and fruity jelly are backed up by singed caramel. As it sits in the glass, lighter sweet and floral notes develop – rose, honeysuckle and sweet barley sugar – as well as darker fruit and soft, sweet spice: rich fruit cake and brown-sugar-dusted cinnamon buns.
Palate: An initial candied sweetness leads to a balanced core of toffee and singed caramel – rich and bittersweet. Vanilla toffee, singed orange peel and soft char notes build, followed by wine-gum and boiled-sweet fruitiness. Spice lies underneath, with dark fruit cake liberally dusted with cinnamon and nutmeg.
Finish: Dark, bittersweet caramel notes lead, fading to leave char, apple and orange peel, and lingering sugar-dusted raisins.
Comment: A perfectly balanced example of what Diplomatico rum is all about, combining darker, richer and sweeter notes with spiced complexity and fresher fruity notes.