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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.
Tasty, generous, rich and easy!
A perfect beginners rum.
A good rum to start your rum adventure. Everybody can drink it and thus is good rum to introduce for new rum drinkers who thinks rum is nonsence.
Nice and oaky, has some bourbon-y notes. Overall very tasty!
Except for a very few reserve selections, many of which I've only discovered recently, I consider R Z 23 to be worthy of "gold standard" status. We have blind taste-tested it neat against rums like Bacardi Casa Reserve, and it's own brother the Zacapa XO...and the R Z 23 is simply so smooth and tasty it is never embarrassed in a comparison. So I rated it "only" a 9...but could consider it a more available, affordable "ten".
This rum has changed a lot in the last 10 years. It use to be good, sweet and complex. Now it is more sweetness and alcohol. You can easily taste that it now only have an average age of less than 6 years :-(
En mycket god rom, när jag provade denna första gången blev den snabbt en favorit.
Good choice for beginners, but I prefere more Diplomatico 12y. Also overpriced in my POV - for similar price you can find much better rum. But good " minimum ethalon " for comparison - if I find some rum better than this Zacapa, than can stay in my cabinet :-)
Un Zacapa corect, arome subtile dar corpolent, ușor dulce și totuși echilibrat. Un aftertaste persistent și deosebit. Recomand oricând ”straight” sau ”on the rocks”!
I recently tried this rum and it was so damn good. I went on a cruise and every bar had this rum. I had bought this rum before I went on the cruise so I knew it was great. I always asked for this rum and all the Jamaican, Bahamian, bartenders would always ask "how do you know about this rum" best rum on the ship. I drank at least 7 bottles lol. A bottle a day. seriously!!!!
Straight up, Mixed drinks, and cola. All great!!!
Zacapa 23 contient des rhums allant de 6 à 23 ans, mais la moyenne d'âge est autour de 10 ans.
Il y a trois vieillissements, dont des fûts de pedro ximenez ce qui accentue les notes de fruits secs et de café.
Hélas le rhum est blindé de caramel (ce rhum fait en réalité 28-29% d'alcool contrairement aux 40% indiqués, il n'y a pas de législation là bas sur les degrés indiqués).
Ainsi, Zacapa est agréable à boire, facile, avec pleins de notes de café, chocolat, fruits secs, mais
il est vite lourd et écoeurant. S'il vous plait, vendez le sans sucre ajouté !
This is good... Really good. It is, in some aspects, always in the back of my mind. Classic rum at its finest, sort of. Well balanced in any way!
OK. I like sweet rums. I like dry ones too, but that is a different story. This rum has it all. Sweet, but not too sweet, and oh so many different tastes in one rum as it travels along your taste-buds. Straight up, of course!
Belle couleur, jolie senteur boisée, un rhum qui n'est pas fort en bouche avec une belle presence
floral with strong aromas de ginebra, liquorice. Spicy mouth with something I don't like at first then caramel, sweetness. Strong alcohol at the end but nicely settling down.
Excellent. Perfect blend of Carmel and spice. One ice cube. The best
While I prefer El Dorado 21 or 15, this rum is still fantastic. Always nice to have a bottle on hand to provide a bit of a change and a reference point. A bit too sweet to have a lot of, but as a late evening sip - yum!
Like fine scotch, every fine rum going into my mouth does so without hindrance from mixes, water or ice. Neat cant be beat.
I get the bad reviews here and see where they come from but nonetheless I disagree with them. This rum is smooth, tasteful and great!
Very smooth and sweet.
Nose: caramel, raisin, banana, dried fruits, honey
Taste: honey, brown sugar cane, cinnamon, sugar
Finish: sugar, herb, raisin
This is just a great rum! This is one of my go to Rums and I am very sad when the bottle goes empty. I have converted some friends over to this one as well.
C'est un excellent rhum, une valeur sûre ! Un goût piquant et une excellente odeur au nez ! Parfait sec, avec glace ou avec du coca !
This is an excellent rum, a safe bet ! A sharp taste and axcellent aroma on the nose ! Perfect straight, on the rocks or mixed with coke !
Mange har en mening om denne rum. Måske med rette, idet den har et brand og er tidligere vinder af div rumtests.
Jeg har læst flere steder at gennemsnitsalderen er 6-8år og dette er i stor (for stor) kontrast til alderen som hedder 23.
Smag: tør, sødme, lidt honning, kraftig
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.
After reading some of the reviews on this rum relating to the actual age of the rum and a few people mentioning artificial flavours and colours I was very sceptical. After trying this I actually thought it was very good. The long flavour is sweet but in a smooth way, with flavours of honey and caramel. I'm usually the first to disregard a rum for being too sweet but I love this stuff.
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.
The spice, vanilla and caramel are very present. It's a sweet rum and I agree not a real 23 years old but a blend. But I like it. Need to taste other Zacapa rum to have a better idea...
Ron Zacapa Centenario Solera 23 review by Mike at Ultimate Rum Guide
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