Diplomático Rum Awarded Six Prestigious Scores in Spring 2017

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New Releases Mantuano and Planas Earn Distinctions in Top Spirits Competitions

Award-winning Diplomático Rum has received six top distinctions and awards for their new-to-market expressions including a Gold and Silver Medal from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, high scores of 95 and 92 at the Ultimate Beverage Challenge, and two 94-point scores from Tastings International Review of Spirits. With Mantuano and Planas joining our flagship rum, Reserva Exclusiva, the new Tradition range is richer and offers different consumption modes for many occasions.

“We are thrilled our new expressions are being well received by industry experts,” said Nino Curbelo, Diplomático’s Export Manager in North America. “The addition of Mantuano and Planas to our Tradition Range, along with our flagship rum, Reserva Exclusiva, illustrates our constant commitment to providing the highest quality rums for different consumption modes and occasions.”

In January 2017, Diplomático announced the release of their new Tradition Range featuring two new-to-market expressions, Mantuano and Planas. Mantuano, 40% ABV, is an extraordinary blended rum aged for up to 8 years and superbly balanced with a taste profile ideal for mixing in cocktails like the Mary Pickford. Planas, 47% ABV, aged up to 6 years, is an elegant and rich blended white rum, with an intense sipping profile that can also be enjoyed in delicate cocktails such as a Hemingway Daiquiri.

Mantuano was awarded the Gold Medal and Planas was awarded the Silver Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Held on April, 20-23 at Hotel Nikko in downtown San Francisco, more than 2,100 spirits were judged, the largest in the competition's 17-year history. Diplomático and other top medal winners will be featured in the July 2017 issue of The Tasting Panel Magazine. Judges included industry luminaries Anthony Dias Blue, Tony Abou-Ganim, Charles Joly and David Wondrich.

Diplomático’s new expressions also took home a high scores from the Ultimate Beverage Challenge. Mantuano received a 95 (Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation / Finalist / Great Value) and Planas a 92 (Excellent, Highly Recommended). The competition, now in its eighth year, is highly regarded in the United States as one of the most selective and well-run spirits competitions. Operated by award-winning journalist, author, educator and critic F. Paul Pacult, wine and spirits publishing industry veteran David Talbot, Spirit Journal managing editor Sue Woodley, Ultimate Beverage Challenge provides the industry and consumers with a clear and unassailable indication of beverage alcohol quality.

Tastings.com, the International Review of Spirits gave the brand’s new releases scores of 94 points each. This medal-based competition awards based on a 100-point scale. Spirits are judged by Tastings.com's trained staff joined by top spirits professionals and buyers from retailers and restaurants using a proven, consistent, proprietary methodology developed in collaboration with Cornell University.

Diplomático Planas and Mantuano are available in key cities with a suggested retail price of (SRP $29), and (SRP $24) 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, is a super-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 of rums. The production area boasts great conditions for sugar production including fertile lands, abundant water and favorable weather. Their team of award-winning Master Blenders work diligently to create unique and complex rums. The product range consists of the New Tradition Range: Planas (aged up to 6 years), Mantuano (aged up to 8 years) and Reserva Exclusiva (aged up to 12 years), and the Prestige Line: Single Vintage 2002 and Ambassador, both are aged 12 years and finished in sherry casks for one and two years respectively.

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