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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
Now this is some good stuff
Let me describe the nose and the taste first, I will then compare it to other editions.
The nose is dominated by caramel, with dry fruits like ripe banana, date and raisins. Of course with the typical Zacapa herbs. This note in combination with caramel is pure magic.
Slightl in the background are dry orange peels and some heavy notes like wet barrel and earth.
The taste starts with caramel and ripe bananas, raisins, dates. Of course there are the typical Zacapa herbs and at the end also a sherry note.
The rum gets warm in my mouth and I'm thrown in the middle taste. I have the caramel again and peach ice tea on my palet. Further the herbs, dry fruits and some heavy notes -> wood and tannins. It tastes like dry orange peels, but without much orange.
The finish starts with some spice, burned sugar, caramel and herbs. At the end are notes of a wet barrel and earth.
While the Zacapa 23 is young and impetuous, the XO unfolds wonderfully harmoniously.
Both clearly have the same mother, master blender Lorena Vasquez.
You can easily say that XO is more mature and mild. It has also more flavors.
This is a masterpiece, the balance is perfect.
XO is not as old as the 30th aniversary version, but still much older than zacapa 23. XO is also more fresher in the taste than the 30th one. This is my favourite, the price is good and the smell/taste are amazing.
Nose is already familiar with aromas from Zacapa 23, but milder, wonderfully balanced.
The taste is wonderfully harmonious. You want to keep it in your mouth longer and longer.
I love especially the combination of herbs with the caramel. This is a fantastic taste.
Would rate it with 92 points.
Smell: caramel with burned sugar***, dry fruits (ripe banana, date, raisins)**, herbs/plants**, dry orange peel*, barrel/earth*
Taste initial: caramel, dry fruits (ripe banana, date, raisins), herbs, sherry note
Middle: caramel, ice tea -> peach, herbs, dry fruits, barrel with some tannins (dry orange peel)
Finish: some spice, burned sugar, herbs, wood, barrel/earth
Aftertaste: caramel, burned sugar, some molasses, some sherry notes, mandarine
City: Quetzaltenango, 7,544 ft (2,300 M) "The House Above the Clouds"
Age: Solera, 6 to 25 years
Material: In an effort to impart a sweeter and smoother flavor, Zapaca uses virgin sugar cane honey.
Barrels: American white oak (bourbon), sherry casks, Pedro Ximénez wine casks, finished in French cognac casks
Value (72€): 5/5
Experience level: beginner to experts
"They use a strain of yeast extracted from pineapples, which produces unique flavours."
Definitely something good happening here but I don't see this as the rum to compare all others too. It's kind of like a woman with an incredible body but acts like an asshole. I want to love it but can't.
The smell starts a little aggressive of alcohol and lingers a touch, but is followed by a sweet molasses aroma. Has a nice burnt sugar taste followed by a touch of banana leaf. It carries the burn for a bit longer than I would like. Zacapa XO has a cognac essence and heat. This bottle is for the aficionados who likes sweet with a bite. It's almost dry at the end while still being creamy. I will revisit you again in the future, but only because of those tits.
Sugar: 26-30 gpl. I had some friends over for a rum tasting and everyone's eyes lit up when they smelled and tasted this one. Comment was that this one fills your nose mouth and sinuses with a wonderful rush of flavors. It's not available in Ontario, but I bought 2 at the Duty Free. Fellow Canucks if you find this rum, buy 2 of them. You might want to keep one as a present, but you might end up keeping it for yourself.
The Zacapa XO comes with a large black box and a beautiful bottle (image). On the inside of the box you can read about the Zacapa XO. Very stylish!
In the glass you find a dark coulor, a bit darker than the 23 year old Zacapa. At first it is som alcohol on the nose but if you let it rest in the glass for a few minutes the alcohol disappears and you find toffee, spice and vanilla. The aroma is very smooth and nice. I always let my rum rest for 1 minute per year old in the glass. Makes a big difference.
In the mouth the Zacapa XO is very smooth and sweet at first and after a while I get some spice and oak. All the flavors stays long in in the mouth. The flavor of spice and a little taste of cognac stays for a long time. Very smooth in the throat.
The Zacapa XO is a sipper that I enjoy neat. I think it is a top quality luxury rum but for me there are some better sippers that I have given 10/10.
I didn't hesitate to give this a 10. The ONLY way to drink this is neat. The smoothness of this rum was like a Caribbean afternoon. Little bit of bite (I wouldn't call it burn) at the end made this my new, favorite rum. It accompanied my Partagas Series E No. 2. For a little over an hour I was absolutely in paradise sitting on the beach in Akumal enjoying both.
Autant j'ai été très déçu par le best seller Solera 23 de la même maison qui pour moi n'est pas à la hauteur de sa réputation, autant celui-ci est une toute autre histoire. Le sucre est bien mieux dosé et on retrouve une belle complexité entre la gourmandise et les épices. On est dans la veine d'un El Dorado 21 avec une exécution proche de la perfection. On lui reprochera peut être un léger manque de personnalité mais ça n'en reste pas moins une valeur sûre !
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