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The nose is definitely rum. The colour is dark, red, unusual. Back to the nose... Smokey. That's weird, in a rum. But it still smells like a delicious rum. Maybe not as sweet... Smells like a Zacapa. But with smoke. What's with that?
Then on the tongue. Immediately there's the classic Zacapa taste. Caramel, oak, slight vanilla. Smooth. Then the smoke shows up. So unusual in a rum. Still some bite, but ... it begs to be inhaled. Nose in the glass. I just can't help myself. The aroma, so inviting.
I could sit an inhale the wonderful aroma of this rum all night. Except..
No I can't. I need to keep sipping it.
Such a unique rum. If the opportunity arises, you must taste this. Not the best run I've ever tasted, but it really stands out, definitely worth tracking down.
One of the best I ever tasted... Ofcourse such things can't be discussed, however, just try and you'll see 😉
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.
Ron Zacapa Edicion Negra - just like it like other Zacapa 23
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.
A nice smooth rum, perfect just on ice. It’s on a par with the Solera 23 YO
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!
Vanilla smoky caramel rich nose. Rich vanilla sweet smoky oaky start and body. Abvish but it fades out. Spicy and classic Zacapa caramel. Richer then RZ 23 but less smooth then XO. The taste develops long after first sip and became more round and gentle... at the very end balanced vanilla smoky chocolate sweetness caramel...
Inte helt i min smak, rökig, något starkare än vanligt, föredrar den lenare stilen.
Perhaps a little more similar to a very smooth whiskey the smoky flavor is prevalent and very tasty. An excellent drink.
This is good! Dark and flavory with much oak and some vanilla. Lovely to the nose. A little alcohol at first but it dissapears fast in the sweetness. An upgraded 23 solera. If you like the 23 solera you will love this one. Very nice!
I didnt like it so much. Too much smoky. If you like peaty you problably will like it.
Zacapa rom startede jeg ud med som romdrikker, som mange andre i DK, har prøvet nogle stykker nu og bliver næsten skuffet hver gang. Meget andet derude der er bedre til lavere pris
When you want a variation. Aged in double charred American oak casks. The bite is too much for some. It does have some leather and tobacco overtones from the double char. Good smoke on a good rum.
Superbly tasty, very strong tobacco notes, and not as sweet as the standard Zacapa 23. Quite a unique flavour amongst rums and worth trying, but I’d probably still take the standard 23 at the same price point.
Nose: nice scent of oak and some smoke. More intense than the Zacapa XO
Palate: very woody and a bit smoky, some chocolate too. Aromatic, some interesting roughness, full, long lasting taste.
Probably the most ‚barrique‘ rum I‘ve tasted so far. But also some unnecessary harshness. A bit more interresting than the Zacapa XO.
As others stated before: edition negra is not the same as etiqueta negra. I‘ve tasted etiqueta negra a few years ago, but, unfortunately, took no notes. So, no real comparsion possible for me.
I got the chance to buy my bottle of edition negra in a duty-free area. There, the price was okay, but the regular price is way too high. You can find lower-priced rums with even more complex and amazing aromes. Diageo is trying to beat the maximum out of the well known brand Zacapa. 35% cheaper would be the right place in the scale.
Zacapa: a name that is worth a million. Can it deliver on the expectations? In my humble opinion, I don't think that this limited / selected version of the Zacapa family of Rum is worth the extra buck that they charge. As a general remark, I like Zacapa, but I don't see much of a difference between this version and the Solera 23 (maybe a bit more oaky).
To the nose: oaky and I like that, slightly smoky, then sugar cane, it's a bit dry, some spices too and maybe a hint of lime. Reminds me of Solera 23, but this is much better, more complex.
Taste notes: ok, here it resembles much more to the Solera 23, seems pretty much the same, just the sugary notes get more intense, honey is abundant, oak is still there, some liquorice too, but there is nearly no dryness. The alcohol is almost disappeared... definitely not very long lasting.
As predictable, nearly no finish, negligible persistance.
Salon du Rhum Spa 2018 - très bon comme quoi c'est pas le plus cher le meilleur !
Robe foncée. Belle complexité. Un peu plus lourd que le Solera 23. Côté visqueux sur le tabac. Arôme de fumé très présent. On aime l'originalité.
Au nez il y a du caramel et un soupçon de fumée. Au goût il y a de la cassonade, bois, chocolat et bien plus... Et on termine avec une finale tout en finesse
Tomo Zacapa solera 23 hace muchos años y siento que la calidad ha menguado. Sin embargo el último año me regalaron el Edición Negra y me volví a enamorar de Zacapa, miel guatemalteca!
I have added this one instead of the original solera 23. I find it more interesting in the taste and sent.