Jump to content
  • Welcome to the eG Forums, a service of the eGullet Society for Culinary Arts & Letters. The Society is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the culinary arts. These advertising-free forums are provided free of charge through donations from Society members. Anyone may read the forums, but to post you must create a free account.

Sign in to follow this  
Dan Smith

Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva & Appleton 21YearOld

Recommended Posts


I was suppose to write up a quick review of these two rums this past Sunday, but I have been busy.  So here goes...  I only wish that I new the proper terms and how to describe the flavors properly.

Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva:

  • Good all around.  On a scale of 1 to 5 stars, I give it 3 ½ and my buddy gave it 4 stars (out of 45 rums bought and tasted since July 2001)
  • Smooth light rum with no real imposing character.  Not too smooth, but just enough not to be offensive when sipped straight.
  • Out of the rums that I have tasted, I would have to compare it to Brugal Anejo Grand Reserve Familiar, but clearly better and more refined.

Appleton 21 Year Old:

  • The smell… oh the smell… one of the best smelling rums out there!  There’s so much going on in a single whiff.
  • Strangely enough, the things I like about the 12 Year Old are different than what I like about this 21 Year Old.  But, the 21 Year old is definitely superior to the 12 Year Old.
  • Great taste, lots of flavors and character.  Has hints of Pompero Aniversario (which is one of my favorites).
  • A definite 4 stars in my books!

If anyone is interested, I have a spread sheet of all the rums that I have in my collection.  They are listed with ratings beside each one.  The ratings are of course relative to the selection that I have tasted and an average of mine and my friends.  I could email this to anyone who is interested.


"Traveler, you who sail into the Caribbean in silvered yacht or gilded cruise ship, pause as you enter these waters to remember that deep below rest three men of honor who helped determine the history of this onetime Spanish Lake: Sir John Hawkins, builder of the English navy; Sir Francis Drake, conqueror of all known seas; Admiral Ledesma, stubborn enhancer of his king's prerogatives and the interests of his own strong family"

James A. Michener - Caribbean

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Create New...