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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.
J'en attendais beaucoup, peut être trop...
Ce rhum est une énorme déception pour moi! Trop sirupeux et peu, trop peu d'arômes. Du sucre du sucre et du sucre à part ça pas grand chose... Pour un rhum à ce tarif c'est juste pas possible.
This rum is complex and full of flavors. Smooth going down with a slow warming burn afterwards. Great with just a few ice cubes to bring out the flavors.
I see a lot of comparisons between Zacapa Solera 23 and Zaya Reserve, but to me they are completely different animals. Both are smooth, but Zacapa Solera 23 has a richer more full-bodied flavor to it with a slight sharpness. A light hint of smoky caramel it finishes with a sweetness that belies the full body. An excellent overall rum.
This rum just gets better and better. It's the best option on my latest Carnival Cruise and there are some bartenders that KNOW how to pour a good double. I can't get enough of it! Rating Upped!
This rum is a great sipping rum and enjoyed best neat. This is a cigar rum where there is little bite. This though in my tasting is one dimensional. It has one flavor going on for the most part. I will soon sample the 25 year and I hope it breaks into uni-dimensional at that point. No hang over choice high quality.
this dark sweet rum is my favourite sipper
Some of the casks used in this blend are apparently Pedro Ximenez sherry casks, and it shows. Very sweet, sherried flavours that were way over the top for me. Things settled a bit with a few drops of water, but still a quite disappointing rum given its hype and reputation.
As for tasting notes, I got dried fruits, dark chocolate, a bit of coffee and vanilla on the nose; the taste was very sweet and PX-ish, with burnt sugar, toffee, a touch of figs, and then a weird tannin-like flavour in the development, before the finish. The finish was short and sweet, with chocolate, spices and ripe grapes. Some more things come out with water, vanilla and spices predominantly. In sum a fairly overrated "rum liqueur" in my book.
Rum di qualità. Frizzante e dolce al gusto. Corposo e ricco.
Very smooth honey and marzipan flavours which are very drinkable.
A great sipping rum, but as many have noted it is definitely too sweet to drink a lot of this in one go.
Contemplated giving this rum an 8, but the Zacapa XO edges and would therefore need to be given a 9, which i'm not quite prepared to do until I have sampled many more premium rums. So a solid 7 and either this or the XO is a must for any collection
While I am relatively new to enjoying quality rums, I find this one is one of the best I have tasted. This rum may be a bit too expensive because I have had a couple of other rums that were close at nearly half the price. That said, I still think that this is a great rum.
I think Zacapa is a kind of RVM for teenyboppers. Actually, It is a Must and I'm afraid that people drink Zacapa, especially for fashion that for delight.
Surely it is a Great RVM with an unmistakable leather and tosted wood smell and, caramel and almond taste. Many people consider it like the "Cognac of the RVM". In effect, for an agricole, Zacapa is silk, maybe it is excessively velvety and there is the risk to touch lightly the "dull".
However it's unavoidable to try it!
Ron Zacapa is a letdown for me since I at expected a rum to at least make me doubt my favorite. Not quite as honeyed vanilla sweet as I like and more burn in the mouth. It's also about 20% higher than Says. Solid 7
good but too sweet
smooth but strong, with a chocholate over 65% is a great moment of personal well-being
sweetness and a little touch of spicy by the end
One of my first experiences of rum, chosen due to the immense hype and advertising. It sure tastes good and is so sweet as to offer an easy introduction into the rum world for beginners. Only later did I learn that there is no regulation whatsoever in rum production, resulting in some shady business practices. The color of this rum comes from food coloring - necessary because it is mostly made from young rums. Unlike other rums which state the age of the youngest rum in the mix, this states the age of the oldest - of which anyone with business sense would not add more than a few drops of. And while I haven't found any proof of it, comparison with other rums makes it seem likely that Zacapa is sweetened a bit to arrive at the level of sweetness it has.
God rom til førstegangs rom smager. Har en god duft og smage af Karamel, men bliver i længden kedelig.
Definitely a good sweat sipping Rum.
Nice rum. The flavor is deep and balanced. But possibly, not so bright.
I don't know wether it's the blend or the high altitude that makes this rum shine, but the nose and taste is just awesome.
As it's readily available in tax-free shops on airports throughout europe, europeans have no excuse not to stock at least one bottle at home :-)
On the Rocks
very good a little strong dark tasting but still a good rum
Very dark, with a full flavor. Is sweet but it taste great and please never ruin it by mixing it with cola. This is a premium straight up rum.
I had very high hopes for this rum based on the ratings and research I'd done. It is good, just not great. I've tried it at both room temp and on ice, and prefer it at room temp.
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