About Venezuelan Spirits

About Venezuelan Spirits
Rum is a critically important spirit in Venezuela, so much so that under law, Venezuelan rum must be aged a minimum of two years. As with most other South American countries, there are various types of rum from Venezuela, while (blanco) as well as gold along with some that are aged for five years or more. While some are meant for cocktails or as an ingredient in a punch, many are very high quality sipping rums.

Top Picks for Venezuela

Ron Diplomatico Mantuano Rum
94 points
Dark amber color. Baked, complex aromas and flavors of banana bread, walnut skin, Mr. Pibb, and desert wine with a lightly tannic, bright, dryish full body and a tingling, elaborate, medium-long hazelnut spread, cherries in dark chocolate, leather jacket, and spicy oak finish. A great special occasion rum.
Ron Diplomatico Planas Rum
94 points
Clear color. Clean, tropical aromas of coconut shell and sweet cream with an oily, lively, dryish light body and a medium-length banana bread, Thai chile, eclair, and crushed gravel finish. A clean and supple rum with a toasty center.
Ron Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Rum
93 points
Copper color. Delicate, fruity, buttery aromas and flavors of frosted banana cake, waxy honeycomb and dried cherries, and pistachio brittle with a velvety, bright, off-dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long vanilla cola, spiced nuts, honeyed dried tropical fruits, and sandalwood finish. A fruity aged rum pleaser; try as an after dinner treat.
93 points $39.99
Diplomatico Ultra Premium Blanco Rum
93 points
Clear. Aromas of baked bananas and coconuts and mocha fudge with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a whipped cream, delicate spice, dried fruit, and praline accented finish. A fantastically smooth and flavorful white rum for all occasions.
93 points $29.99
Diplomatico Añejo Rum
90 points
Best Buy
Brassy amber color. Aromas and flavors of caramel-vanilla fudge, chocolate fig, and mocha latte with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, smooth, warming brown spices and nuts finish. A very well made and stylish dark rum.
90 points $19.99 Best Buy
Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Rum
89 points
Deep copper color. Aromas of toffee, candied cherries and raspberries, and root beer with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a coffee gelato, browns spices, and cola nut finish. A fruity, sexy aged rum for sipping or cocktails.
89 points $39.99