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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.
I see no glimmer of hope. Overly sweet and confected, I picked up a bottle in Duty Free about 3 years ago and I still haven't finished the bottle. The strangest thing about it, is that I bought another bottle while passing through at a later date!! I have really tried to like it, but find no redeeming features at all and as it says, "serious improvement needed".
EDIT - the more I drink it the better it gets. But still nowhere near the average that people have given and ultimately I won't be buying this one again.
Seems some people like this rum and some people don't like the type at all. I tend towards the not at all crowd. My bottle have a strong aftertaste of harsh alcohol. Not smooth at all. It reminds me a bit of whiskey, which is good if you want whiskey I guess, but I don't like that taste in my rum. I guess it's from the cask. I like other rums which claim to have strong cask taste though so it's a bit strange.
Sweetened, not a true rum. If you like sweet liqueur you'll definitely like this one. 23 yo solera mix, well you can believe it, if you want to.
It's a typical sweet rum. Should probably be considered a rum liqueor. I know some people enjoy very sweet rums - if you're one of them, maybe give it a try. I have to rate this low, though, it's just not for me.
Short review on this which is apt as this rum has short flavour, it doesn't last or carry forward in the mouth, short finish. Cant see why you would buy this over El Dorado 12 which this in such a different class. I only drink this if in a bar and this is the best offering.
Für Süßstoff ganz nett. Nase war gut, Gaumen zu süß. Eigentlich ähnlich wie beim Plantation 20th Anni, nur mit etwas anderen Aromen. Einen direkten Vergleich hatte ich jedoch nicht.
One of the first rums I purchased and enjoyed it at the time, but as my rum horizons have widened, I now find it over-sweet.
There is so much sugar present that it overwhelms just about everything else the rum has to offer.
I really don't know how anyone can give this rum a rating of 8. I'm gonna mix mine with coke...
If you are looking for a solid beginner rum, go for the Millonario 15 for example. Much superior choice in the same price range
I have been drinking this rum for some years, but I do not feel that it can live ud to it's repetition anyone. It's like a lemon squeeze too much. I will recommend El Dorado over Ron Z. any day and it is way cheaper.
Smells sweet. Tastes sweet. Fades quickly. Passable in cola, in fruit drinks, and frozen drinks. A tad too sweet for my palate. Rather smooth. Possibly suitable as a dessert drink. Also would be good in baking. Overall a decent rum with very limited uses.
This stuff is a shadow of its former self. Now its an abysmal mash of sugar and sweetness. Not really justified by the price tag as far as I'm concerned, far better alternatives to choose from that are of better quality and less hype.
I know loads of people rave about this but I literally couldn't drink this neat.
Lots of chemicals on the nose and follows through into the taste.
I thought the bottle would wallow on my creaking shelves forever until I tried it with ginger beer (always old Jamaica) and it redeemed itself a lot.
Still not as good a dark n stormy as elements 8 spiced rum and a bit expensive for a mixer in my mind.
Would've been a 3 without my ginger beer discovery.
First, I'm glad that I bought the 50mL bottle. It is tasty....watery super sweet sugarcane syrup with some alcohol on it...I'm sorry. I think it is potstill distillation which yields a rich and flavorfull rum....it has those characteristics but they are thrown away with all the additives they put into. Neat, I don't like it and it would be a waste for whatever you put it into.
The bottle has a exclusive look.. The color is wonderfull. The smell is also nice.. But when the orange taste hits my buds it´s all over for me.. Overpriced and overrated is my short review of this rum. But there is people out there who love orange and for them this should be liquid candy.. For the others.. Try the XO or Etiqueta negra instead..
Lo probe y para mi era demasiado dulce. No me gusto
Price, packaging, botte all is made to attract the eye. But don't open it!
How deceiving is the rum !
In my mind, the greasy note of coconut is the most disapointing taste offre this rum.
Overall, I don't understand the 23 years old, it's a blend not a single barrel ! Time is lost.
The bottle is now empty, the secret is soda, large amounts of the well known soda!
So, as a big rum fan I tried this as it is surrounded by a lot of hype. The best conclusion I can make is, if you think this is a good rum, you are not a rum fan, stop drinking rum and go back to single malts.
This tastes like a really smooth, sweet single malt. Not bad, but the sweetness seems like 'sweetener' sweet, not sugar or caramel. I did try mixing it too, but it is terrible with cola, terrible with ginger, but not so bad with Copella apple and raspberry juice.
I ended up binning it, I would advice vigilance towards others 'rum' reviews if they rated this over 5.
I've tried Zacapa 23 on many occasions. It's loaded with extra sugar or something and it's not at all a 23yr aged rum. I'm not easy to please and this falls short. Way short. I do give a great deal of credit to Zacapa for opening the eyes of buyers vs products like Bacardi and Capt Morgan. Notice that most people put coke in those. I just want to sip neat.
The rum is honestly not too bad. I would give it maybe a 5-6 but it's impossible to tell what it really is. Too dark to be natural, sugar added no doubt. This might be good if it was a pure rum but for no3. 3, needs improvement
Prijde mi jako o neco jemnejsi 12 lety Eldorado, vzhledem k cene a vseobecnemu hodnoceni pro me celkem zklamani...
Po pomalem nabirani zkusenosti ve svete rumu. Musim hodnoceni snizit. Treba lidem jednou dojde, ze krome kavy, se i prave srdce rumu pozna, pokud neni zkazeno extra cukrem.
Very deceiving rum period. It's like lets mix and match and pray. I can hear them saying "Those idiots see the 23 & its a sale". Steer clear of this mismatch. Let me add that I see alot of high ratings? If I was a beginner (novice) I might misjudge this also. Sorry my rating stands!
Ein Rum ohne Vielseitigkeit und ohne deutlichen Geschmacksnoten. Hergestellt um jedermann zu schmecken....
I'm no rum expert but for me it was too sweet in a weird way, With no real taste and the smell was horrific
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