Nelson Hernandez, Master Blender of Diplomatico Rum

Diplomatico with master blender Nelson Hernandez and Mikael Eskander, export manager for Europe talks to Heine Johansen about Diplomatico, and the making and ageing of rum

Nelson Hernandez talks about "congeneres" in the show. Here's a wiki-article to what it is:

Tasting notes. 
  • Distillery Collection 1

Chocolate, honey, citrus, almonds, light vanilla tone, spice. Light and fruity.

  • Distillery Collection 2
Vanilla, caramel, smoke, light bourbon-y, sweetly. 

  • Distillery Collection 3
Banana, caramel, red berries, fresh wood. Red apples. Very interesting. 

  • Planas
6 y.o. aged rum filtered through coal to remove colour. Honey, toffee, apples, citrus, milk chocolate.

  • Mantuano
Spice, light vanilla tone, red fruit, wood. Light toffeetone. Sweet to the taste.
  • Reserva Exclusiva
Banana, toffee, caramel, chocolate, orange peel, sultanas, light smoky tone. Raisins and blood orange. 
  • Single Vintage 2004
"We look for spesific aromas to decide whether we should make a vintage or not. Aged for 12 years, then finished with one year on sherry oloroso cask." Caramel, citrus, dark chocolate, spice. Lemon peel, vanilla. 

  • Single Vintage 2005
Lemon peel, orange peel, dark chocolate, vanilla, dark spices. Clear chocolate notes to taste and sweetly mouth feel. 
  • Ambassador
"Matured for 12 years and then finished with 2 years in sherry PX casks."  
Very fruity, cherries, chocolate, vanilla, yellow flowers. Very round mouthfeel with tones of tobacco and a slight smoky tone.