Last night (Tuesday December 3), I attended a tasting of Balblair vintages. We tasted five whiskies, 2003, 1997, 1990, 1983 and 1969, prefaced by a glass of Balblair’s base spirit.
During the first two weeks of November the dark rum will launch in Spain, Mexico, Prague, France and Italy, ahead of a 2012 release to the US.
Ambassador Selection - which joins Diplomatico Blanco Reserva, Añejo, Reserva and Reserva Exclusiva - has been distilled in pot stills, aged in oak for 12 years and bottled at cask strength of 47% abv.
The rum started its maturation in American oak and was then finished in Pedro Ximinez casks for two years, which – according to DUSA’s rum master Tito Cordero – “brings complexity” to the expression.
Cordero added that the £200 per bottle rum was given a name that would represent the ‘super-premium’ status of the rum. “Ambassadors are the top [level] of diplomacy – that’s why we called it that,” he said.