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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 would say I am a solera fan. I was expecting a lof from that rum. I fully agree with Nigel review. bit of desapointment. so nice to sip but not my favorite
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
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.
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
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.
Not much to say about this rum, I think anyone who has ever tasted it will agree with me that it really is one of the best rums ever made
Great dark amber color, spice, cinnamon, smooth finish
Very nice sipping but from reviews I have expected something extraordinary. I lack some strong and distinguishable aroma. In Czech Republic it is quite expensive, so I do not think I will buy second bottle. But still it is very tasteful rum.
I just got my second bottle of Ron Zacapa 23 and it is wonderful. Full body , smooth and fine over ice.
feels more like a summer time rum and so try without ice, warm and rich on the tongue with a smooth slight vanilla after taste.
One of the best rum I have ever had, and I make rum for a living. Grade A stuff. Drank and entire bottle throughout the week on a cruise in April from the Rum bar on a Carnival Cruise Ship. There was only one other rum lover (from MA) that was drinking it with me.
It may be a bit on the sweet side for some, but Zacapa 23 is a very well-rounded rum and a good place to get people interested in premium rum. The aroma and mouthfeel are fine, the taste is great, and it's smooth going down with nothing harsh in the finish.
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