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 Planas Rum
93 points
$29
Pale slivery straw color. Aromas of coconut confection, sweet corn, banana cream, vanilla taffy, and citrusy tonic water with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-long saline, lime blossom, and allspice finish. A tidy rum well-suited to Cuba Libres.
Santa Teresa 1796 Solera Rum
91 points
$45
Medium dark amber color. Roasted aromas and flavors of iced coffee, dark caramel and treacle, wax polished wood, and chocolate figs and dates with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long chocolate citrus peels, brown spices, roasted cane, and tea finish. A nice roasted dark rum with a tasty coffee notes that will mix nicely.
Ron Diplomatico Mantuano Rum
90 points
$24
Pale dark amber color. Attractive aromas of caramelized banana and pineapple, plantain matcha soufflé, circus peanut and rice pudding, and ’corrected’ coffee with grappa with a soft, medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long coffee gelato, polished wood and leather shoes, fig nut bread, and wrapped pencils finish. A light, dry aged rum that will add dimension to cocktails.
Ron Diplomatico Distillery Collection No. 1 Batch Kettle Rum
89 points
$79
Medium amber color. Creamy, toasty aromas and flavors of caramelized banana, creme brulee, and roasted nuts in a cedar bowl with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long toffee, sweet and peppery spices, cola float, and minerals finish. A silky and artfully balanced dark with deep flavors and superb versatility.
Ron Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Rum
88 points
$40
Clear dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of mango papaya chutney, cashew nougat, mocha chai milkshake, and pimento with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length banana coconut custard, candied spiced nuts, sassafras float, and conditioned wood finish. A decadently fruity and attractive aged rum that will be very versatile.
Ron Diplomatico Distillery Collection No. 2 Barbet Rum
87 points
$79
Brilliant amber color. Aromas of tobacco, candied mango, banana cream puff, butterscotch, animal crackers, and cinnamon with a glycerous, lively, off-dry medium body and a peppery, engaging, medium-length allspice, jerk seasoning, lime leaf, and marzipan finish. A spicy dark rum for sipping and cocktails; perfect for a dark and stormy!