Diplomático Rum Awarded Three Prestigious Scores in Spring 2016

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Reserva Exclusiva and Blanco Reserva Rums Earn Distinctions in Top Spirits Competitions and Publications

Award-winning Diplomático Rum has received three top distinctions and scores including a Double Gold Medal from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, a score of 92 at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge and a score of 95 in Wine Enthusiast’s June 2016 issue.

“We are thrilled to have been honored with these important accolades by true industry experts,” said Nino Curbelo, Diplomático’s Export Manager in North America. “We define Diplomático as a blend of knowledge, expertise, patience and passion – which are core values that all of the judges share. We are very proud to accept these endorsements as a tribute to the quality of our rums and the hard work from our dedicated team in Venezuela.”    

Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva was awarded the Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the competition’s highest honor. Held on March 17-20 at Hotel Nikko in downtown San Francisco, more than 1,850 spirits were judged, the largest in the competition's 16-year history. Diplomático and other top medal winners will be featured in the May 2016 issue of The Tasting Panel Magazine. Judges included industry luminaries Anthony Dias Blue, Tony Abou-Ganim, Charles Joly, David Wondrich, Charlotte Voisey and Dale DeGroff.

Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva also took home a high score of 92 at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge. The competition, now in its seventh year, is highly regarded in the United States as one of the most selective and well-run spirits competitions. Led by Chairman Judge F. Paul Pacult, the panel is comprised of 21 key influencers in the spirits industry, including award-winning buyers, educators and mixologists. Judges concentrate on the aroma, color, taste and texture of each spirit, both neat and in a category-appropriate cocktail. To ensure that each spirit received equal attention from judges, a course of four tasting sessions was held for every entry.

Diplomático’s Blanco Reserva will also be honored in the June issue of Wine Enthusiast, where renowned spirits editor Kara Newman gave the spirit a high score of 95. Ms. Newman called Diplomático Blanco Reserve “the Cadillac of white rums, one of the few suitable to keep as a standalone sipper. Look for silky smoothness and pure, concentrated sugarcane flavor that mellows into accents of brown sugar, caramel and baking spice on the finish.”

Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva, the flagship expression of Rum Diplomático, and Diplomático Blanco Reserva, are available in key cities for a suggested retail price of $39.99 and $29, respectively. They are exclusively imported and distributed in the United States by Domaine Select Wine and Spirits.

About Rum Diplomático (http://www.rondiplomatico.com/)
Rum Diplomático, a brand inspired by the character of Don Juan Nieto Melendez (“Don Juancho”), is a premium rum hailing from Venezuela. Located at the foot of the Andes Mountains, the Diplomático Distillery (producing top-quality spirits since 1959), combines traditional methods with modern technology to produce the finest rums. The distillery’s surroundings boast great conditions for sugar cane production including fertile lands, abundant water and favorable weather. Award-winning Master Blender Tito Cordero, twice awarded “Rum Blender of the Year” at the London Rum Barrel Awards, works diligently to create unique and complex rums. The product line consists of the Tradition Range: Añejo (aged up to 4 years), Blanco (aged up to 6 years), Reserva (aged up to 8 years), and Reserva Exclusiva (aged up to 12 years), and the Prestige Range: Single Vintage 2000 and Ambassador, both aged 12 years and finished in sherry casks for one year and two years respectively.

About Domaine Select Wine & Spirits (http://domaineselect.com/)
Founded in 1999, Domaine Select Wine & Spirits (DSWS) is dedicated to wines and artisanal spirits of the highest quality and which demonstrate excellence and tremendous character, particularly to their origin. DSWS is committed to transmitting the individuality of their producers; expressing diversity, tradition and personality is the tenet of DSWS. Domaine Select Wine & Spirits was named 2010 Importer of the Year by FOOD & WINE Magazine.

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