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Ron Zacapa XO Rum is produced in the highlands of Guatemala where it is distillled from fresh cane juice. The rum is then aged from 6 to 23 years at 7544 feet above sea level at 62 °F (17 °C) using the solera process. The solera aging process incorporates barrels that previously held American whiskeys, sherries, wines and Cognac
The unique Ron Zacapa XO glass decantur features an impression of 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'm not getting a huge amount of complexity. As this is pretty expensive in the UK you would expect a lot more when spending this kind of money.
It is a very nice rum and if you can get it for around £60 ( and I was lucky to get it doe this) go for it but as it's generally available around £85 or more than there are better rums around that price mark and much better for even less than that.
They have done a good job with the packaging and I truly love the decanter bottle but it's a shame that it is not reflected in the contents. It's just too close to the 23 in flavour profile which doesn't warrant almost double the price.
A few words come to mind...flawless, polished and refined. From the nose to the finish, the aroma of maple and caramel....I almost want to pour it on some pancakes! So far, this is in my top 2 or 3 bottles.
This rum is said to be as the 23 year old Zacapa rum, with a little more older rums in the blend and with additional two years ageing in french oak casks.
The nose is deeper and flavors are more integrated to each other than the 23 year old one. Aftertaste is pretty long and a bit spicy. Not drier than the 23 year old one. Well balanced, a good reference for sweet rums but way too expansive.
Meen ikke helt så fantasisk som den kunne være... Der mangler noget fylde. Ikke sikker på at det bliver et genkøb
This is a fine blend with a lot of taste. Not to strong but with a nice touch of caramel.
Very nice if you combine it with a good cigar.
Jamais déçu, mes invités sont toujours agréablement surpris par ce côté 'doux' sans être une liqueur. On est loin des rhums qui 'mettent le feu en bouche', celui-ci se savoure, comme la série des Zacapa (23, XO, ...).
La complexité en plus par rapport au 15 et 23 ans. Pour qui peu (veut) se le permettre, pas toujours facile à trouver,
Just sip and enjoy it just doesn't get much better than this one.
Great rum, very easy to drink, but has also character and what a character. Very smooth at the beginning, but if you hold it for a while in mouth, you start to explore all the fragments of the taste. Just try it.
not really understand the difference of 23 yo, it is still wonderful
Sorry, I can't rate the taste of this, it just looks far to good to crack open! Would rate it a 9, but the box even though it's nice, could be made slightly better. & at close to $200 here, it's just to far damn expensive.
Einer der Besten, doch preislich leider etwas zu hoch :-(
It's always nice to cross one of the wish list.
Absolutely no alcohol burn on the nose, very smooth delivery. In the mouth I taste black liquorice, coffee and a hint of cognac; very nice.
At a $100 a bottle, you can't go wrong.
The strong burnt caramel mixed with pipe tobacco smell adds to sweet and spicy flavour. Long and smooth finish leaving hint of vanilla, smoke and honey.
Pleasure to sip it slowly and straight.
+ spicy taste, color, flavor, nice bottle
- feel more alcohol as not XO
a great rum had this a while back so struggling to recall the subtle notes and flavours. A great rum easy to drink very enjoyable drink
Réussi, riche, doux et subtil, le prix m'empêche de le noter mieux, à ce prix là il y a mieux à savourer.
I debated whether to give this an 8 or a 9, but ended up giving it an 8 because I couldn't rate it higher than some of the rums I rated a 9 (Diplomatico Ambassador, Appleton Estate 21). It's probably just behind those guys.
Absolute premium rum. Glad I got myself a few bottles of this as well as it is a seriously good product. Got a few of these on special for a tick over $150 a bottle.
Drank the rum straight up to begin with and was very impressed. It is a solera system rum, so not a true 'aged' rum as its a blend of many different aged rums, some young, some really old.
It's probably wasted mixing with coke. Plenty of other rums out there to mix, but this one is good neat.
If the zacapa 15 years and the 23 years are the diet cokes of rum (and they are imo) this i the original.
The rum is very easy to drink and has a very nice smoothness to it.
The thing wrong with this rum is that it is just too safe. Yes, the taste is allright but it is just disappointing considering the price and the fact that this is the best ron zacapa can do.
There are many better and cheaper alternatives.
This, and Solera 23, are the best rums that are widely available. This will be the best that most people will be able to find. A bit harsh with the oak, so I took away 1 point for that.
Super Nice bottle with box and super good content! this bottle you share alone or with your best friend. Super to have in Rum collection. After testing Zacapa Royal I go back to score 9!
have a comparison with the Solera 23 and have to admit that the Solera is slightly better then this XO, at least to my taste buds, plus I get 2 bottles for the price of one, but still recommendable.
Good example of top shelf rum but pricier than most.
A great rum endeed and I really enjoy it, but compared to others in this pricerange it lacks a little in my oppinion.
What can I say... Everyone knows Zacapa XO, but for me the best was the first edition with bottle straw
Lett og varm å drikke. Drikker man en billigere rom og går over til denne kjenner man en vesentlig forskjell,men den varer ikke lenge. Altfor dyr i forhold til hva man får igjen for pengene,det finnes flere sorter som er like god og som koster under det halve. Pen flaske å ha i hyllen
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