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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.
rather one of my favorites due to the sweeter character, but i wonder if it's from addition of sugars as the sweetness doesn't seem to come from natural distilled liquid affected by oak aging.
still a commendable flavor profile.
it was even better when the price was lesser than now days as it seems Diageo has increased prices too frequently to make this less attractive for my wallet/palate preference ratio.
in conclusion, if you care not for price history and prefer sweeter profile, a good choice.
if you are very experienced and well versed in rum, steer clear!
if you are new to rum experience, do invest for tasting!
Som fanúšik solera metódy a pri tomto rume sa master blender trafil úplne do mojej chute.
Great color and aroma. A bit pricey, but worth it.
Well what a let down. Months waiting to get a chance to try this much lauded rum only to feel a bit *nah!. First try neat, then with Ice, and finally mixed. All a bit similar to other stuff I've tried before, with little for me to set it apart. I was wary of the sugar content, but didn't find it too sweet for my own taste. I will happily drink more because its a good rum but after reading so much I feel it may be overhyped. or perhaps my taste is unsophisticated? yep that's it!
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.
Quality has changed in the last few year, the pricetag has mantained-increased
Yeah it's a good one, but expansive. It's like an everyday Ron after you taste more excellent Ron, I definitely prefer the XO
Ron Zacapa 23 Solera is more sophisticated than Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva, not is sweet and cost $10 more. If you are not Connoisseur and just want to make your Mrs tipsy -save $10.
A fabulous smooth fllavor, I don’t even put an ice cube in it
Ron Zacapa is really good. Bold yet refined taste. Very pleasant and enjoyable.
Sweet on the nose, some apple and caramel notes. Well rounded with a bit of heat.
23 g of added sugar per litre and a very young rum with lots of caramel. Totally uninteresting and highly overrated.
...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
When I tried this for the first time, I thought it was ok. The more I had it, the less I liked it. It tasted a bit sweet and come to find out this rum is very "doctored" (adding sugar to the finished product to sweeten and smoothen). Definitely This is not always a "bad" thing, I just like to know whether the rum I'm drinking is doctored or not. Zacapa gives no indication that their rum is doctored. Another review on this rum mentioned how this brand deliberately lies about adding sweetener to their rum.
Regarding the rum, the nose is strong with caramel, brown sugar, and some vanilla. The palate is much the same with a burnt brown sugar and caramel.
Not too bad, but seriously overrated.
Its easy to drink, but it lacks body and identity.
This was my start on my adult rum journey and many bottles has passed by. Nowadays I’m not so much into the sweet Spanish styled ron. Instead I’m more into English and French styled rum/rhum. So the rate has going down, down, down.
really one of the best rum i tasted so far. Has a Nice Sweet taste.
Typical Solera style rum that has that hybrid chocolate/whisky taste. It is a bit stronger in alcohol, and the finish is a subdued dark caramel. The XO version is the one to get if you do not like that sharpness.
I'm surprised about the significant sherry (also PX) taste in that rum. Usually I drink some whisky and this is similar to some "sherry bomb" whiskies like Glenfarclas etc. Further, this rum is not very sweet, means the sugar doesn't hide parts of the taste from my point of view. I like it!
Expensive, no flavor, à lot of added sugar ... I Was expecting à more punchy rum. This bottles doesn't deserve the expense ... Its easy to drink, no aftertaste, smooth, but offer nothing special. Good rum but doesn't deserve the réputation and the Price.
It is a good rum nevertheless but in my opinion not a memorable one.
I always enjoy drinking it but I cannot say that I find my self craving to taste it after a period of absence as I feel with some other runs.
I had no intentions of ever purchasing the Ron Zacapa 23 due to their numerous marketing strategies that I feel are quite deceptive. After years of Zacapa 23 seeming to come up in every conversation I was having about rum and being told by more people than I can remember that "Ron Zacapa 23 is the best rum in the world!" I finally broke down and purchased 750ml for $64.00. It is possible that the rum in my bottle was a bit off because of the cork. I have no idea how the rum did not spill out of the bottle during transportation. The cork was so loose that when I pulled the strip to remove the foil covering the cork and the neck, the cork came right out of the bottle splashing rum all over my hand. I'm not sure if the cork shrunk over time or it was too small to begin with, but this is something I have never seen before. There was nothing I could do to return it since the seal was broken. At $64 I was pretty upset. After taking the first sip I could only sit there and shake my head while trying to remember some of the people who persuaded me to buy this. My bottle tasted and smelled of little more than syrupy sweet alcohol but it was drinkable. There is very strong competition in this price range and Zacapa 23 doesn't cut it for me. Based on the price, the state of the cork, and the experience I had with this rum, I will never splurge for the XOs, Reserves, or Special Editions from Zacapa as I imagine they are all over-hyped as well.
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!
After reading all the glowing reviews, I bought a bottle of this rum, and I am very disappointed. In the USA, I buy it for $35. The Solera costs $53. I have heard that the current owner of this rum producer has been tampering with the formula, so this may have been a great rum years ago, but no more.
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.
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