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Thank You Rhum Attitude for providing an amazing rum tasting experience after 2.5 years of global Scamdemic. Zacapa El Alma has a traditional but nice looking bottle and label design. Deep mahogany color. Toffee and vanilla to your nose. Mild pepper to your taste buds. Not nearly as sweet as the regular 23y Zacapa. Very well done for a brand new Zacapa bottling.
My friend got it as a reward. I hadn't had it before and didn't know the price. We planned to drink it as a cocktail, but I also tasted it neat and it was a big surprise. Since the plan was to drink a rum cocktail, that's what we did. Unfortunately, I didn't like it that much as a cocktail, I would prefer to use a cocktail Plantation or Morgan. Later I bought a bottle to drink neat. Good aromatic, slightly thick but not sweet.
Toffee, vanilla, herbs and a little smokey. You still recognize the 23 Solera but there is a little more complexity to it. What surprised me was the very short aftertaste.
Really enjoyed it, thought I would have it for a month or more but 6 days after there was a empty bottle.
Too easy to just sip, with a Davidof - just amazing
I had a great opportunity to purchase and taste it on a Zacapa-dedicated prof. rum degustation and introduction in Antigua, Guatemala - homeland of this famous brand. They did not offer a direct comparison to model XO (that I did know already from the past, just forgot the "small nuances") but to 23 Solera and Edicion Negra. And I liked "El Alma" the most from this trio (though it was a close race). This rum is: sweet, very smooth, fruity, vanilla and little bit herbal. For me the "darker" tones (bitterness, chocolate, coffee, smoke...) are almost nonpresent in this rum. I truly enjoyed the bottle (and shared with some fella travellers ontheroad who all praised it) but it started to feel a little boring near the end of the bottle.
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