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Purchased at a Duty Free shop. I didn't know Zacapa even made this version. Purchased 1 ltr for 33 EU. Is lighter in coplor than the other Zacapas. Slightly stronger aroma. Sligfhtly lioghter on the tongue, and slight burn on finish. Nice, but I probably would not repurchase.
Unfortunately for this rum, I had the El Dorado 15-yr before having this one. In mouth you can taste the alcohol and the after burn is tough (maybe mixed with something will taste great). In nose the alcohol stood out too. It is a very different rum compared to the other Zacapa rums.
Found this as a new offering at SFO Duty Free. Versatile - can be used as a top notch mixer or a low-end sipper with more burn than the Zacapa 23. Similar to El Dorado 12 that way. Will have to do the Pepsi Challenge between the two someday...
So yeah basically zacapa 23 taste with a younger rum burn, dry finish, and a touch of white wine finish (think santa teresa or appleton 12 regarding burn). I only drink rum neat, so I’m sure it would be great for drink mixers, but I personally like the burn rum gives so it merits a high 7 rounded up because there are no half points
Last drink for tonight while chilling out in Zihuatanejo was a Ron Zacapa Ambar 12y Solera. Pretty nice bottle and label design. Golden color. Surpringly dry rum for a Zacapa. Usually they are laced with added sugar. Its like a mellow dry whiskylike rum. I just wish this would be a proper 12y old rum, and not the Solera method, then it could be so much better.
Ron Zacapa Ámbar 12 yr Sistema Solera.
Saw this one hiding in mexico and had to take it home with me.
Light amber almost buttery color.
On the nose- dried fruit, banana and citrus.
First sip- smooth, little to no burn to speak of. The taste is very similar to the nose with the addition of a faint whiskey and wine flavor. The finish is a bit dry with not much kick on the back end and finally oak on the exhale. Solid sipper but I think this would be excellent with a cocktail.
If you find a bottle I recommend giving it a go! You won't be upset!
Na zdrowie! 🥃😁✌
I was expecting more for the price, I was mislead into thinking this one was better than others and it wasn’t. Sorry, not rated as high as others.
It's a very light and young zacapa rum.
There is too much vanilla flavour in the taste. I miss the typical tropical fruits with caramel.
It's not as sweet as other zacapas.
Smell: vanilla, herbs, dry fruits, some tropical fruits, white oak, some caramel
Taste: vanilla, white oak, some fruits, burned sugar, spice, slightly orange peel (bitterness)
This might be the last solera made rum for me. Because right after first sip you can clearly taste and feel this rum desparately lacks of aging. They state 12 years, but inside is nothing but 3-5yo spirit. Yes, it has some vanilla and chocolate, some coconut, and it's pleasantly dry (note for those who like sweeter rums), but everything of taste and aroma is way too diluted. And the biggest problem of this Zacapa is the finish. It's almost non-existent, the spirit drops down and in a few seconds you can feel nothing. So my conclusion is: if they put real age on a label (which is 3-5 years max), drop down a half of the price, this can be drank by the people who are new into rums, but for all the rest - no. 5/10 max.
Zapach: Dębina, Pieczony banan, rodzynki - zapach sprawia cne wrażenie, alkohol dobrze ukryty.
Smak: Delikatna słodycz podbita ciepłą wanilią, melon, brzoskwinia, orzech
Wracając z wczasów w Bułgarii nabyliśmy ten rum za dość fajną cenę - 32 Eur za 1L butelkę. Namówiła mnie żona - próbowała kilka miesięcy wcześniej odmianę 23YO twierdząc że smakuje bardzo szlachetnie. W momencie zakupu okazało się że producent mimo uwypuklonej liczby "12" na frontowej etykiecie nie pisze wyraźnie że ta Whisky ma 12 lat, a dokładnie termin "System 12 Solera". Na kontretykiecie widnieje opis - wiek od 4 do 12 lat. Ok - nie fajne zagranie z prostego powodu - kanał duty free czesto powoduje że moment zakupu nie pozwala na komfortowe pod względem dysponowania wolnym czasem zakupy - wiele osób chwyci ten trunek w biegu. Mimo tego małego (według mojej osoby) zgrzytu zawartość jest aromatyczna i porządna - rum charakteryzuje się wysoką jakością i jest na granicy akceptowalności stosowania go w drinkach. Jednak miejscami sprawia wrażenie ciężkiego - trudno go jednoznacznie określić.
The amber is sweet and soft in mouth but a bit strong on after taste due high taste of alcohol. For an aged rum I expected the after taste less alcohol so the real soft sweet remains longer. Still good enough to drink but add a drip of water
Ron Zacapa de bajo linaje comparado con sus hermanos SOlera 23 y XO, buen aroma, color naranja y presentacion impecable, a gusto para tomarlo solo y muy bueno para mezclas. Relacion costo beneficio muy buena, aproximadamente 20 dolares. Aprobado!
Its price its good, specially for a Zacapa. For a aged rum you can feel the alcohol, I dont drink with ice and it feels a little heavy for aroma and taste.
Grabbed this at the airport at the start of this week. Bring a zacapa fan I had not seen this bottle in the states. Overall has the taste of the 23 but obviously not as mature, or as pricy. Would buy it again if I see it available
Bought this at "duty free" in Cancun airport. So far, the Ron Zacapa brand has been un-impressive. This rum is underwhelming with a very light "aged" taste with a hint of cherry (I am not a Dr. Pepper fan). While at the Cancun airport I also purchased a bottle of the RZ XO, I hope to finally hit on a RZ which impresses.
It's a great rum if you like whiskey which I do, it smooth to start then you get whiskey flavour, then plum and raisin notes like a nice cognac.The rum is dry at the end it's definitely one to to try, although the zacapa 23 is smoother and sweeter they are both not to turn down in my opinion.
Smooth, pleasant rhum. I agree with Michael's descirption so I quote it here :
" Light amber almost buttery color.
On the nose- dried fruit, banana and citrus.
First sip- smooth, little to no burn to speak of. The taste is very similar to the nose with the addition of a faint whiskey and wine flavor. The finish is a bit dry with not much kick on the back end and finally oak on the exhale. Solid sipper but I think this would be excellent with a cocktail. "
I do confirm it is good in cocktails: excellent for a ginger mojito (fyi, in my opinion, ginger and rhum in a cocktail are a solid match).
Never seen before but I found on one airport. Quite cheap so quick decision and I've got it. Colour not best but nice aroma. Smooth, just typical, classic decent rum. Great with coke.
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