The story of Diplomático rum began in Venezuela in 1959, when a distillery manufacturing all the company’s rums was established.
At that time Licorerías Unidas S.A. (LUSA) owned a distillery whose main shareholder was Seagrams. In 2002 LUSA was put up for sale. Local investors decided to grab that opportunity and placed an offer of purchase. That very same year LUSA became 100% private and assumed its present name: Destilerías Unidas S.A. (DUSA). The company is one of the largest rum manufacturers in Venezuela. Botucal is an alternative name for the Diplomatíco brand in those countries where Diplomatíco had been registered as a trademark beforehand. Botucal comes from the indigenous word “botuka”, which means “a green hill”, and refers to a hill situated in front of the distillery, a part of the Terepaima National Park.
Botucal Ambassador is a rum made to commemorate the 18th century distiller Don Juancho Nieto Meléndez, commonly known as El Ambassador. It is a blend of spirits made entirely in traditional copper pot stills, matured for 12 years in oak casks. Moreover, it spent the last 2 years of the maturation period in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks.
Its bouquet offers notes of fruits (apples, bananas), nuts, cocoa, some sherry, flowers and spices. On the palate, there’s a rich and fruity taste, full of dried apricots, dates, milk chocolate, hazelnuts and tobacco leaves. Some honey and allspice to round it off.