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Ron Zacapa 23 Solera Rum was created in 1976 in the highlands of Guatemala, where it is distilled from fresh cane juice before aging at 7544 feet at 62 °F (17 °C).
The 500 year-old Spanish Sistema Solera method is used to age Ron Zacapa 23 in white oak casks. This results in a combination of rums aged between 6 and 23 years.
The current Ron Zacapa 23 bottle features a woven band around the middle, which is in reference to the original hand woven palm leaf petate bottle cover that covered the bottle.
Some may find this overly sweet. Personally, I very much enjoy it. I find it to be a great introduction to the subtle art of drinking rum for people who don't know anything about it and think that Bacardi Superior is as good as it gets. This is just so, the else entirely.
Very sweet and easy to drink. It seems there's quite some sugar added, though. This is my second rum.
This one just doesn't work for me. Not too excited about taste - it just all feels drowned in alcohol. Too straightforward, trying lil too hard. Aftertaste is not that bad though.
Solo sufficiente costa di più del diplomatico riserva exclusiva ed è meno buono
Zacapa is one of my favorites. The notes and taste of this rum warms my heart. Zacapa would be the rum for any occasion.
Expensive expensive for what really is....no quality blend solera Fancy merchandicing...
with a can of Coca-Cola, lots of ice and a lemon in a disco you can enjoy ... hangover assured .. no doubt ..
I can't believe I didn't rate this back when I first tried it a few months ago! It must have been because it was very memorable... or perhaps because it's a real aged rum... or perhaps because it's not a sweet concoction... or perhaps because the "23" is a blatant lie... But oh no, it's closer to a liqueur, with added flavourings and colourings. Tasty, but not a rum. And the 23 is pure atrezzo. And EVEN then, the flavours are not that interesting!
The aroma is smooth and strong vanilla (maybe a bit of vanillin fell in with the sugar?). The flavour profile includes toffee, raisins and more vanilla. Tastes simple but "feels" nice, however this Christmas pudding flavour is never what one should expect from a real spirit.
A good regular rum, a bit too sweet. The rum is for starters, with not much experience in rum tasting.
Rich in flavour and the aftertaste is one of the most surpricing pleasure of this fantastic products.
This is the rum that turned me. Amazing. Until I tried Appleton 21....
On tasting this rum, I had little doubt that this makes most any drinker satisfied. It is creamy, rich and fruity. It has a moist and hearty bouquet of dates and molasses for me and it has a tart cherry, vanilla and caramel taste initially on the tongue. It transfers to a very slight burn and then the date, brown sugary finish. It is smooth and easy to like and drink. It is not the least expensive in its class but is available anywhere from end of the world outposts to even snooty wine bars. It tastes great but does not conquer all.
Not the most spectacular rum on earth but really nothing to complain about. An easy drinkable rum with a nice dark brown colour...
Lo esperable de Zacapa, color dorado oscuro, notas dulces de cafe tostado y vainilla, mantecoso.
Nice taste but way too sweet to deserve a better rating.
First, I do not know enough of Rum - yet!
So for me it is all about taste and this is smooth, not so sweet and good!
Love this Guatemalan rum. Nice bite, not too sweet.
My opinion its very overrated, tastes like sugar mixed with spirit
TL/DR - fine for the price, let it breathe for a while before drinking.
Nice notes of mahogany, tobacco, brown sugar and vanilla. I had this neat and also smoked with applewood. Both were great.
But for the price, I'd go with the much smoother Plantation XO. Z 23 is a nice alternative though.
A fine rum, although a bit pricey in comparison to the quality
A bit lighter bodied than expected, and a bit more burn. That said, a cube of ice to cut it brings out flavor, or at least my ability to perceive it. Worth trying for sure, and many rate it more highly. Perhaps I am finding my favorite profiles though.
Real top quality rum. Ideal to drink with just 1 medium sized ice cube. Doesn’t have a strong alcohol burn which makes it real easy to drink.
Comes into its own when made with a rum old fashioned.
Great smell and taste, smooth aftermath. Absolutely a wonderful premium rum.
Great in a dark and stormy for a sweeter more aromatic tipple
Ron Zacapa Centenario Solera 23 review by Mike at Ultimate Rum Guide
Ron Zacapa Solera 23 rum review by Peter from the Floating Rum Shack