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Recommendable to most
Typical Zacapa color. A smokiness tadds depth that the 23 lacks. It's smooth with a kick. A very nice balance overall.
Edit: after polishing off this bottle, rather quickly, I've come to a stronger conclusion.
It's a little smoky, but not Mezcal smoky. It's a treat down the gullet. I found this to be super smooth on the finish but with plenty of bite (ethanol) on the throat. It's an experience from
Start to finish.
Some insist it's better than the regular 23. I would agree. The price reflects that. However, some say it's better than the XO. This is false.
Score is still an 8. Really flat 8. The score is based off their practice and a lack of general uniqueness within the aged rum category.
Tried several samples at IPCPR Las Vegas, the smoke and spice work really well with a cigar...paired with a Nicaraguan Maduro late afternoon and a Nicaraguan Habano late morning; both worked well......initial sample with straight up with a lingering spice finish. MMMMMM.
Something did not sit right with me and this rum. As Zacapa XO is among my very favorites my expectations were very high. I have to say that I expected this rum to be smoother because of being aged in a charred barrel. It did have a little more body than 23 Solera, but It was not as smooth. Still good a a mixer. But at his price point, you'd do better to go with something more common.
For the most part I've liked most Zacapa products I've tried.
However; this one is totally different. Right off the bat, smoke, smoke, smoke.
At first I thought; not bad, but by the time I got near the end of my glass, the overpowering smoke flavour started to become sickening.
The smoke really masks all the other flavours and makes this one for me very one dimensional.
I only had a small taste of this rum, but it really surprised me. I'm a fan of the Solera 23, but still find it overly sweet. The Edicion Negra is much more balanced, with a glorious hint of smoke and spice that others mentioned. In true Zacapa form it's as smooth as all get-out, is complex, and (don't worry) still certainly leans sweet.
Worth the price? Debatable—but definitely in another league compared to its familiar sibling.
Rigtig lækker duft som man kender fra Zacapa.
Noget sprittet smag til at starte med, efterfulgt af den kendte Zacapa smag.
Eftersmagen er ok!
Dark and smoky. A little sweet with some vanilla vibe. I get a touch of heat, like hot cinnamon. Nice and deep. Smoke lingers through the finish.
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