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Purchased this to complete the trilogy of 23, XO, EN. I'm not a fan of smoky whisky's and this being aged in double charred barrels has a quite distinguishable level of smokiness. If that's your thing I'm sure you'll love it.
Sadly, it seems this Zacapa hasn't been subject to one of the many hydrometer tests, but given their propensity for loading their rums with sugars and whatnot, I wouldn't be surprised.
I rated Zacapa's 23 Solera quite highly, not knowing that that taste I loved wasn't, in fact, a fully natural taste (I do intend to go back and change my rating). Now that I know, premium rums that almost certainly have additives like sugar without any kind of labeling automatically lose three points... meaning I will never rate them more than a 7, even if I otherwise enjoy them.
Sadly, even with the likely additives, this one is not amongst their best. It is smokey, which technically I should enjoy because I love a good peat bomb scotch (Octomore 08.3 is a holy grail of mine), but this is missing another aspect of that flavor. In a scotch, a peat bomb isn't just smokey... it also has umami. That is, there's a savoriness to it. (I wonder if peat is another natural source of MSG.) This is missing that completely. It isn't peaty... it's just smokey... like what the smoke from your fireplace might taste like if you (hopefully accidentally) inhaled it.
Then there's the expected sweetness that you always get with a Zacapa rum, but in this case it kind of clashes with the smokiness rather than works with it.
If you're going to get a Zacapa, their 23 Solera is much better. If you want to try this one, then go for it, but hopefully you can find it at a much better (lower) price...
En god och välbalanserad rom med fin sötma och mycket eftersmak. Man känner att det är en zacapa men rökigheten har jag lite svårt för efter första glaset. Jag återkommer säkert med en ny recension efter jag har druckit den ett tag. Efter första sekunderna i munnen då hjärnan säger till mig att det är whiskey jag dricker så smakar den ljuvligt!
Not sweet, vey pleseant. A lot of oak with gentle bitterness and dark chocolate. Dried apricot in the nose or maybe some plum? The fruit is hidden behind dry brown sugar and the wood. A lot of intense herbal aroma. Also burnt toast and cold cigar ash.
This was not what I was hoping for. Too strong and harsh. Turns out it works awesome as a dark for my Dark and Stormy's. Excellent character and notes in a mixed drink. But when it's done o probably won't buy again.
I love Ron Zacapa rums and this one doesn’t disappoint either. A little more complex flavor than Solera 23, with a nice smokiness to it. Very good sipping run.
In comparison with Solera 23 is not much different then +50% of its price... I was wondering to taste this rum, but at the end I was very disapointed. Rum is fine, I like this type of rum, but probably high expectations which were not met together with higher price mean I will not buy it again...
Glad it's expensive! One could get real used to drinking this rum!!!! Open with a little ice in the glass. More body than 23. (reverse aging) Higher proof! Nice legs! Very tasty.
Ron Zacapa was my true first love of rum. I don’t know if the rum has changed or if my palate has advanced. Its much different than the solera 23. It makes me think the same rum without added sugar
By far my favorite. The smokeyness and smoothness is amazing. I would have to order multiple bottles at a time to get it in. But it was well wort it.
Schönes Mahagoni mit Kupferreflektionen im Glas.
In der Nase tief und satt. Düfte von angesengtem Holz und auf einem Lagerfeuer gebranntem Karamell erreichen den Riechkolben zuerst, gefolgt von kandierten Früchten die auf feuchten Moos langsam zergehen, Lakritzstangen die mit Kakao bestäubt sind lassen das Wasser im Mund zusammenlaufen.
Im Gaumen sehr zart, elegant und mundfüllend. Die Aromen müssen sich durch den Solera Einheitsbrei kämpfen, Holzaromen ertrinken im Karamell, das Karamell wird mit Schokolade übergossen, die Schokolade wird mit einer Holzkelle eingerührt, Vanille, Gewürze und ein Lagerfeuer sind als Passagiere dabei.
Im Abgang, ja da passiert es ! Das volle Raucharoma kommt gewaltig rüber aber nicht so Whisky artig sondern eher BBQ mässig. Karamell, kandierte Früchte, etwas Holz und Vanille schauen auch vorbei.
Hey Zacapa, super gemacht, schön das Ihr nicht so tief in die Zuckerdose gegriffen habt !
Ein mittelsüsser Rum der spass macht, Einsteiger entzückt und Liebhaber begeistert. Nach meinem Geschmack der beste Zacapa.
Beautiful mahogany with copper reflections in the glass.
Deep and full-bodied in the nose. Fragrances of singeing wood and caramel burnt on a campfire reach the olfactory bulb first, followed by candied fruits that slowly melt on moist moss, liquorice sticks that are sprinkled with cocoa let the water run in the mouth.
On the palate very delicate, elegant and mouth-filling. Aromas have to fight their way through the Solera standard mush, wood aromas drown in the caramel, the caramel is covered with chocolate, the chocolate is stirred with a wooden ladle, vanilla, spices and a bonfire are present as passengers.
In the aftertaste, yes there it happens ! The full smoke aroma comes over enormous but not so whisky style but rather BBQ like. Caramel, candied fruits, some wood and vanilla are also coming over.
Hey Zacapa, well done, nice that you didn't reach so deep into the sugar bowl !
A medium sweet rum that makes fun, beginners delighted and lovers enthusiastic. According to my taste the best Zacapa.
Smooth and good flavor, but I prefer the regular 23 solera.
Could taste more smoked for me.
It´s good, but I prefer the 23 Solera for less money.
My favorite so far from what i’ve tried of the Zacapa family, super super smooth abit sweet and the smokey taste is what makes the difference from all the others. Highly recomend this one, worth every penny!
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