Today in #CocktailCulture the first part of the history of Diplomatico rum from Venezuela.
Don Juancho Nieto Melendez is the character that inspired the creation of Diplomático. His portrait is illustrated on the label of the brand’s products.
According to stories told by people from the region where the distillery is located, he lived nearby at the end of the 19th century.
He had a burning passion for exploring the sources and processes responsible for the many alluring flavors of traditional beverages, and in particular, rum. He was also very curious about the subtle complexities of the many environmental factors that affect the rum-making process, such as the weather and humidity of the tropics.
Don Juancho sampled an exhaustive array of exotic liquors and rums from his frequent travels in the Caribbean. His impressive collection of beverages became quite famous among his friends, and was known as “The Ambassador’s Reserves,” a clear reference to its owner’s class and good nature.
His dedication, savoir-faire, chivalry and authentic personality inspired the creation of Diplomático; a unique rum combining an unmistakable character with irresistible and subtle aromas.
Diplomático rum is the essence and soul of the man on its label.
Diplomático rums are aged in different types of casks, predominantly former bourbon and malt whisky barrels. A selection of Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso Sherry casks is used to age the Single Vintage and Ambassador rums. For both of these prestige offerings, the rums are placed back into the barrel for an optimum finish after the blending process.
After the ageing process, the Distillery’s Maestro Ronero, Tito Cordero, and his team combine the matured spirit coming from the distinct distillation methods, to create unique and complex rums. It is the Maestro Ronero’s responsibility to supervise all the production process, and especially to create rums that capture the best balance and roundness of flavours and aromas.