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Ron Zacapa 23 Solera Rum was created in 1976 in the highlands of Guatemala, where it is distilled from fresh cane juice before aging at 7544 feet at 62 °F (17 °C).
The 500 year-old Spanish Sistema Solera method is used to age Ron Zacapa 23 in white oak casks. This results in a combination of rums aged between 6 and 23 years.
The current Ron Zacapa 23 bottle features a woven band around the middle, which is in reference to the original hand woven palm leaf petate bottle cover that covered the bottle.
Recommendable to most
The first thing I noticed upon opening the bottle was a super sweet candy floss smell, which did not linger once it was poured into the glass. In the glass it is a dark amber colour which is pleasing. The rum itself is sweet, bit not as sweet as say Diplomatico RE, and very drinkable. Drinkable sums up this rum. Very nice for a sweeter rum, but lacks the complexity I would like at this price point. A Pampero Anniversario or Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva does everything this rum does at half the price or less. Cocktail shown is a Ruby of the Sea from YouTube's How to Drink.
Compared to premium rums, this one feels almost like a cheaper liqueur with rum taste. (almost..) The taste isn't whole nor complex, it's rather a mix of different ingredients somewhat working together. I guess some people might like it.. Maybe I'll give it another try some other time..
"Ron Zacapa Centenario Solera 23 review by Mike at Ultimate Rum Guide"
"The interplay between the wood of the barrel and the liquor contents gives the alcohol its flavour, colour and character..."
"Ron Zacapa Solera 23 rum review by Peter from the Floating Rum Shack"
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