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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.
This is a sweet rum that makes it an easy entry to the World of rum. And somehow makes a standard to compare to, cause almost everybody knows it. But many People either love it or hate it. In Denmark it has become cheaper, and some People Think it's because it is cheaper produced=Lower quality. Some People know, it's because Diegao get so Big tax reductions in the US that they could give it away for free, and still earn money!
It is easy to drink and quite cheap so good for a starter. It is missing complexity and tastes a bit overwatered.
I bought this on a whim not hearing of it before or read a review. Havnt tried it with a mixer, im sure itll be tasty with ginger or coke, but i was disappointed when drinking it neat. It was tasty and slightly smooth but does have a bit of a burn for a 23yo rum. Then i read into this rum, and it isnt a true 23yo. Not suprised.
Overall a bit disappoiting for £35, especially when something like a Red Leg at £16 is twice as nice when drank neat.
Une note 6 car c'est quand même une qualité ce Zacapa 23, mais je trouve que le caramel est trop marqué en bouche, il cache presque le gôut du Rhum à mon sens.
Le déguster chez des amis pourquoi pas, mais pour moi je ne l’achèterai pas.
Very nice and smoothe rum. A balanced sweetness with just a hint of dryness in the finish. Find it a bit overrated though.
I did expect more for this rum, as all is talking so good about it.
It is really good for a mixer, not straight up for me.
...and then i realized - nope; thats dark chocolate. The major note in this to me is dark chocolate. I get slight amounts of heavily salted caramel right before the finish. Its sweet, but not necessarily in a good way. Its sweet in the way that a not-dark-enough-dark-chocolate, or a a-little-too-dark-milk-chocolate, is sweet. The finish is long, which would be good except for it being tinged with the flavour of sugar cane husk, a flavour that I have only been able to describe as "green". The transitions between these flavours are very smooth and pair well together. It would be an excellent rum if I loved dark chocolate or that agricole flavour but personally its not my favourite. Certainly decent from time to time though
Okay rom. Men synes der findes mange bedre til prisen. Duft ok, smag ok. Eftersmag lidt ringe
En lidt overvurderet rom, efter min mening...
It was my first Rum I started with for about 6 years ago. I like it still but far down in my list of favorite rums.
Sweet, Caramel, Vanilla taste. However for a 23 years old Rum it doesn't taste that aged.
my very personal opinion too much for average... no offense
After reading many reviews on this highly rated rum and knowing that my taste buds probably would not like it, I bought a bottle anyway. At $40 and tasting like syrup with some alcohol, I would only use it as a mixer, but will never buy another bottle. All I can taste and smell is caramel sweetness with minimal alcohol bite.
What first came to mind was comparing it to the Kirk & Sweeney 12, but that one is so much better and a LOT cheaper. If you also wasted money on this bottle, it will best be saved for visitors who like to mooch your good stuff. Let them have a few sips of this and it will offend no one. But those in the know are not fooled by this over priced mixer. Hey, I had to find out for myself and don't regret buying it, but never again.
All of these fancy rum marketing schemes only prove that fools and their money will soon part. I am now all too wary of any rum priced at over $50.
This is perfect on pancakes during your bottomless brunch. Fine flambeed on your bananas foster. A great first sip of a Guatemalan industrial spirit, or even dark rum (C'mon, ween yrslf off that Kraken or whatever Myer's / Gosling's candy you like).
If you want dementia, drink a lot of sugar. The 23 Solera is a fine vehicle for this poison.
Ja det er da en udemærket rom en onsdags aften når den lille sover efter 1,5 times kamp, men så er det også det.
Jeg ville ikke hive den frem når gutterne er på besøg.
Egentlig en nydelig mørk farve og selve flasken er også pæn. Forholdsvis skarp aroma og tydelig fornemmelse af egefadet.
Efter min mening en lidt rodet blanding af smagsindtryk og ikke særlig bemærkelsesværdig eftersmag. Heraf også en lidt skæv balance efter min smag.
Alt den hype omkring den og priserne ved 2000 er mig en gåde
Nice taste but way too sweet to deserve a better rating.
The RZ 23 was a rum I was looking forward to. It have some reputation. Unfortunately it didn't live up to it.
I mostly use it for drinks. It can be consumes straight but it's not very smooth or exiting to drink. It's a rum that I won't buy again.
Not too bad, but seriously overrated.
Its easy to drink, but it lacks body and identity.
No tiene mal sabor, pero me dio acidez cada vez que lo tome. Difícilmente termine la botella. No lo compraría nuevamente.
Definitely not bad. But for me too much oak and to less softness in aftertaste. And in the end I feel cognac...
I was also swayed by the reviews here, so I bought a bottle. In my opinion, this rum is not that good. Too sweet and it lacks a pleasing finish. It packs an alcohol punch. If you can legally buy Cuban Rum, similarly priced Ron Santiago de Cuba 12 years is superior. If you cannot buy Cuban rum and you want the solera process, Santa Teresa 1796 Solera is legal in the U.S. and is far superior.
It's smooth... It's better than the XO. It's sugared. It's colored. It's probably spiced.
edited to add sugar test results- 20-38g that's why it's so smooth.
Rhum sans âmes, très arrangé avec des sucres, vanillin.
Quand l'alcool sort de la colonne à 90% ça ne laisse pas beaucoup de place aux arômes. D'où l'importance des adjuvants.
everybody knows the name Zacapa, even my mother and she don't like rum.... for my personal view they take care more about the branding and marketing than the product it self...
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