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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.
One of my all time favorite aged rums. Very smooth and goes great with coke or straight
Det er en rom, hvor man skal sig tid til at nyde. Den har en fabelagtig duft af vanilie, kanel, karamel, appelsin m.m. Smagen er relativt blød, og den overrasker lidt, da den starter lidt til den milde side, men efter kort tid, og når den rammer kinderne udvikles smagen fabelagtigt, men den er ekstremt sød.
One of my favorites in my collection so smooth straight up In the nose about an eight in the mouth and nine no burn
You will enjoy this delicious rum. Great color, aroma and flavor. Light sweet warm vanilla spice flavor.
“Mon amie laissez le bon temps rouler!”
I have to say upfront that I am not a huge fan of the Zacapa 23, but I had read a lot of good press on the XO so decided to give it a try. So glad I did! The extra aging really makes a difference. Like the Plantation 20th Anniversary, this one is a bit sweet but even more nicely balanced and has a fantastic smooth slow burn on the finish. Will have to pick up another bottle soon as this one is disappearing quickly!
Really nothing wrong with it at all. A nice smooth rum with no after-taste.
Super lækker, en fornøjelse at få i munden. Sød, uden at være for sød, lækker eftersmag.
Prøv at slynge den voldsom rundt i munden, og få endnu mere smagsnuancer, og en ekstrem lang eftersmag ☺
Dejlig rund rom, dog stadig med lidt kant.
Alle kender Ron Zacapa 23 som lige nu 2014 ikke er nogen speciel oplevelse. Prøv denne i stedet.
Don't let the elegant decanter bottle fool you, it is much better than that! I love Ron Zacapa Solera 23, so when I tried this I tasted this straight up and with Glencairn Whiskey Glass. Just like the RZS23, the flavors change with each waited sip. Remarkable quality and will make snobby Brandy/Cognac drinkers respect rum. Will only drink this on special occasions because it deserves that respect.
My favourite rum so far! Smooth without being harsh, woody without being dull. Dates soaked in this rum with grape on a cracker is rum food perfection!
I got this for a relatively good price of $49, I have seen it for $80-100 in most places.
I like this better than the 23 yr which I find a little sweet for my taste, though both are very good. (Both are significantly sweetended with added sugar.) Not sure I would rebuy it even for the price I paid, but it was great to try once.
Gorgeous bottle / decanter with a classy heavy stopper.
Similar to the 23yr the XO has many of the same elements that come through probably due to the solera ageing only this time its older and has more of woody nose with more of a hint of tobacco and rich caramel. Still beautifully smooth with that long, lingering finish.
Color — This rum is on the darker end of the spectrum.
Nose — The smell of this rum is pleasant, but certainly not special. You get an initial slight burn, followed by sharp hints of caramel, olives, and wood.
Taste — The initial taste is fairly bitter, with an initial moderate burn. The initial taste is fairly minerally and has slight notes of olives. This initial flavor doesn’t last long, though, as the rum very quickly transitions into very pleasant, intense, and complex notes. In short, the rum takes a second to settle into itself. The aftertaste and linger in the mouth following the initial flavors are exceptional. Wow, this rum has an intense and complex linger. That’s really what makes this rum great. Caramel, honey, grape, ripe bananas, apples, brown sugar. Later in the drink you’ll also get notes of coffee, floral, fruit, wood, and nuts. The linger lasts for a long period, and changes over time — this rum has one of the longest mouth lingers I’ve experienced. Each of these flavors comes out, none is over powering (as is certainly not the case with other rums...).
Overall, this is a great sipping rum. The complexity, intensity, and length of the mouth linger alone give this rum high marks. I only wish that the nose experience and initial taste were just as good. In those areas, I don’t consider this rum to be absolutely exceptional. Good there, but not great. But for aftertaste and linger alone, this rum is completely worth it.
Very smooth, clean taste...i wanted little bit more tricky finish
What an appearance. The presentation is a poem, what a high quality packaging. The bottle already suggests the finest content.
Smell: Already familiar aromas that the Zacapa 23 brings with it, but milder, wonderfully balanced. Dried fruits (plums), caramel, burnt sugar, wonderfully sweet, there is some withered fruit and something slightly sour like a kiwi can be sensed in the sweetness.
Flavor: mild, sweet, full-bodied, caramel, fruit, vanilla, citrus. Everything is wonderfully harmonious. You want to keep it in your mouth longer and longer.
While the Zacapa 23 is young and impetuous, the XO unfolds wonderfully harmoniously.
Both clearly have the same mother, Master Lorena Vasquez.
You can tell that XO is more mature, noble and mild. It has also more flavors, especially a toasted cask flavor.
He is not as old as the 30th aniversary version, but still much older than zacapa 23.
Was für ein Auftritt. Die Präsentation ist ein Gedicht, was für eine hochwertige Verpackung. Die Flasche suggeriert bereits edelsten Inhalt.
Geruch: Bereits bekannte Aromen die der Zacapa 23 mitbringt, aber milder, wunderbar ausbalanciert. Trockenfrüchte (Pflaumen), Karamell, gebrannter Zucker, wunderbar süß, etwas vergorrene Frucht ist dabei und etwas leicht säuerliches wie eine Kiwi ist in der Süße zu erahnen.
Geschmack: mild, süß, vollmundig, Karamell, Frucht, Vanille, Zitrusfrüchte. Alles wunderbar harmonisch. Man will ihn immer länger im Mund behalten.
Während der Zacapa 23 jung und ungestüm ist, entfaltet sich der XO wunderbar harmonisch.
Beide haben eindeutig die gleiche Mutter, die Meisterin Lorena Vasquez.
Man merkt, dass XO erwachsener ist, reif, edel und mild.
Er hat auch mehr Aromen, insbesondere einen getoasteten Fassgeschmack.
Er ist nicht so alt wie die Version zum 30. Jubiläum, aber immer noch viel älter als Zacapa 23.
Tento rum sa určite oplatí vyskúšať. Hlavne milovníci sladšich rumov si prídu na svoje. V porovnaní so Zacapou 23YO je to úplne iná trieda,nie je všedný a od prvého dúšku ukazuje ako je pekné vybalancovany a vyzretý. Odporúčam i keď tejto cenovej hladine by som našiel určite už aj chutnejšie rumy. Osobné hodnotenie na úrovni 8,2
My first serious rum after years of downing Havana in Mojitos with an occasional tasting of local Caribbean rums. Strong smooth taste, even better on rocks after all the flavours are released
Bought this for christmas and hoped it would be at least half as good as the reviews. I was not disappointed and found it to be very easy to drink with a nice nutty flavour and very smooth finish! The presentation and bottle are also great. I know about the added sugar in certain rums but even still, i did not find this over the top sweet or anything like that. I think it is quite a balanced rum. Good stuff!
Wow wow wow. Premium rum i stored for special occasion. Yeah, it is special but why too sweet? 😭 but one of my favourite ones
Smooth, velvety, with long & warm finish. A great rum.
Crushed ice in a Riedel Merlot glass. Add XO and swirl until the outside of the glass freezes. Sip away. Nectar of the Gods!
La mejor version de Zacapa, su XO, gran ron, gran cuerpo, mezcla de aromas inolvidables. Precio justo para lo que vale. Mucho mejor que el Solera 23 que me sabe muy dulce.
With a flair that resembles cognac this rum leans a lot more towards being drank neat from a sniffer than from a typical low ball rum glass.
Swirling it in a snifter and taking your time while enjoying a good cigar is my preferred way of drinking this particular rum.
Ron Zacapa XO rum review by Everyday Drinking
Ron Zacapa XO rum tasting notes by Gear Patrol
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