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    Sitting: Tito Cordero, Master Distiller, Standing: L-R: Vikram Dhall, exclusive importer for Diplomatico in India, Patrick Rabion, export director, Jose Ballestros, president, Diplomatico Rums

    Diplomatico rums promise to give whisky snobs a run for their money

    The distinguished Diplomatico rums arrived in India along with the talented Venezuelan master blender Tito Cordero and his team, making spirit aficionados actually sit up and take notice. A far cry from the usual rum and coke association, the upscale Venezuelan brand founded by Don Juancho Nieto Meléndez, in the 18th century, now ranks among the best rums in the world.

    “They are definitely memorable with prices to match. I’ve been a fan of rums for a long time, typically dark rums in mixed cocktails. Very rarely are fine sipping rums like the Diplomatico range available,” says Yadav Kumar, a member of The Cask Club, a Bangalore-based group of connoisseurs who meet once a month for a sampling of spirits from around the world. “Our tropical terrior and gentle warm climate is perfect for the well-rounded maturation of our rums.

    In fact, they age more quickly in warm humid weather, developing their prized complexity much faster than, say, a single-malt Scotch,” begins Cordero before explaining how the sugarcane extract is distilled in pot and column stills and then aged for a minimum of two years in ex-Bourbon American white oak barrels. Then came the rums — rich and full of character, a shot served on the rocks with a wedge of lime was all it took to convince several previously rum-averse sippers present that fine rum was a category worth investigating.

    On the shelves
    Diplomatico has six varietals worldwide starting with a Diplomatico Blanco, a six year old white rum (excellent in daiquiris) to their flagship Diplomatico Ambassador that is finished in Pedro Ximenez Sherry barrels and bottled at the cask strength of 94 proof.
    There are two Diplomatico rums currently registered in India:
    Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva In a distinct frosted dark green bottle with a cool postage stamp inspired label. Distilled from molasses then aged for 12 years to develop its rich, sweet fruitiness.

    Priced at Rs. 7,189. Diplomatica Reserva Sweet and rather thick on the nose with notes of vanilla, wood and dry fruit. Specially good in Mai Tais and mojitos. Rs. 5,498.

    At Drops Total Spirits, Indiranagar. Details: 25285295

    —Jackie Pinto

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