The Diplomatico Mantuano Rum is thick, heavy and sweet on the nose – like wading through molasses. With some time, black treacle, cherries and Millionaire’s Shortbread come through, wrapped in sweet liquorice and milk chocolate. In the palate, it is spicier than expected from the nose, but rich and oily in texture. Cinnamon and nutmeg lead into sharper notes of polished oak before caramel sauce, soft toffees and hints of balancing bitter barrel char. It has a soft and sweet finish, with herbal hints slowly fading to leave spicy oak.