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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
Maybe it is a little flamboyant in it's presentation and packaging, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
I recently bought a bottle of the Ron Zacapa 23 Solera, which was around 30% cheaper, but noticeably inferior.
I did write a review of it at the time, but something happened after I pressed "Post my rating".
I dont know if it was RumRatings' fault or my internet connection, but it was quite late at night and I couldn't be bothered to re-type what I'd written, so the detail is forever lost. All I have to go on is how long it took me to finish the bottle (hint: ... not very) and remembering the feeling of excitement every time I pulled out the stopper to pour a generous measure into my favoured rum-sipping glass.
Nose: woody, nougat, chocolate, but rather shy
Palate: thinner than expected, slightly oily, not very aromatic and not very voluminous taste, but an acceptable aftertaste. Some orange, some burn and some unneccessary harshness.
Sugar: 30 g/l acc. to alko.fi
Positive: they do not hide the age
P.S.: the bottle looks different now:
Expensive, perhaps, but you can taste the effort that went in to making this superior rum. A great sipping rum that I will enjoy for many years to come.
The smell is very complex due to being aged in many different types of barrels. Very similar smell to cask 1623, with fruit salad smell, pears and apples. In addition there is vanilla and tobacco from the bourbon casks. Very smooth, not very sweet at all. It really shows the complexity because of the four or five different barrel types that it was aged and blended with. 95+
Лак,карамель и сладкая вата,полированная древесина,цукаты,пряности,кожа...сладкая выпечка,ваниль...намёк на апельсин(22)
Жидкий,карамельный,фрукты и древесная кислинка(21)
Финиш пряно-сладкий,табак,кожа и финики(21)
Неожиданно мне зашёл(86)
It's a good rum, but for the price I expected a superb rum. When you get your hands on it, see its really nice presentation, you get excited to see whats inside. The smell already tells you it won't be as smooth as expected. It maybe complex, yes, but the taste could be much smoother for this price. I know El Dorado 15 is far far far more sweeter, but at half the price it is double as smooth. Even Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva for less than half the price is smoother that the Zacapa XO imho. Definitely not worth the money, althoug it is a good and complex rum.
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