Ron Zacapa 23 Solera rum

Ron Zacapa 23 Solera

Guatemala | Aged | 40.0% ABV | Column Still (1-4) Distilled

Ron Zacapa 23 Solera Rum was created in 1976 in the highlands of Guatemala, where it is distilled in a copper-lined column still from fresh cane juice before solera aging.

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.

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Jack 🇨🇦 | 27 ratings
Posted over 5 years ago

I did not find anything special about this rum. I liked it but not enough to buy another bottle, still have half left and it has been over 2 years. There is better Rum for less money.

mistercoughy 🇺🇸 | 239 ratings
Posted 7 years ago

This stuff tastes like Diet Coke, and yet it's the most popular rum on the website. I don't get it.

Posted over 10 years ago

The Zacapa 23 was the first rum I could find myself enjoying, and it has become the benchmark against which I measure all other rum experiences.

The flavour is deep, layered, and complex. It reminds me of single malt whisky, with smoke-y and oak-y hints to the dark and spicy rum aroma.

M.R.J. 🇫🇮 | 201 ratings
Posted 5 years ago

I cannot believe this "rum" was once marketed as world's best: Its cheap coloured alcohol with plenty sugar added. Nada mas. I would not serve it except with ice cream. The age statements are a joke, the "rum" is a joke - it is more sherry than rum - and basically it is soo overpriced that it is shameful.

cibalko 🇸🇰 | 14 ratings
Posted almost 5 years ago

I decidet to buy this rum since there is a plenty of good ratings on this rum, but I was very disappointed.
On the nose is nice, but in the taste I found something hard defying which my tongue did not liked. Something synthetic bitterish and sharp.
There are lot of better rums in this price range. Definitely will not buy again :-/

Dunderful 🇺🇸 | 5 ratings
Posted over 5 years ago

This isn't rum. Oh, wait, it actually IS rum because pretty much anything can be sold as rum since rum consumers are apparently too ignorant/lazy/naive/easily parted with their money/etc to demand the kind of regulations that would exclude this cheap sugary swill from being labelled rum in the first place.

Besides the diabetes-inducing levels of sugar in here there is almost certainly a boatload of other additives, chemical flavourings, and artificial adulterants added as well. And yet, after all that, after having forsaken all their integrity and craftsmanship, the producers still failed to make it taste good. I mean, if you're gonna add sugar, artificial flavours and god knows what else then at least make it delicious! Otherwise what's the point? This is just extremely sweet (so smooth!) booze water that has a bunch of very flat, artificial-tasting rummy notes, eg, caramel, toffee, vanilla, coconut, orange etc. I did my own simple sugar test by placing a few drops on a plate and letting it evaporate. Several hours later an obscene amount of sticky residue remained, so much so that you'd think almost half of the rum was sugar and glycerol. Try it out yourself. By the way, the bottle claims the rum is 40% ABV, but it doesn't taste like it, even with the added sugar taken into account, and I have seen (admittedly amateur) tests that put it around 28-35% ABV... So, yeah, this company sucks so much.

Anyway, on to the more important aspects of this rum. First, it has the number 23 on it, which is a good high number to have written on a bottle of alcohol. Second, it is wrapped in a kind of twine band - very fancy! Third, on the label there are some gold medals denoting some kind of awards. From these three facts alone you immediately know that you're getting a quality product...

Okay, okay, I know I'm being kinda snobby and pretentious, but if people were a little more discriminating and demanded the kind of transparency that would allow one to know exactly what it is they're consuming then perhaps we'd all start getting the quality we're already paying for. The price for this dreck is absurd. Look, I don't want to stop people from drinking this shite, I just want it labelled correctly so that brilliant, fascinating, handsome people with exceptionally refined tastes will only ever see it where it belongs - on the bottom shelf in the liqueur aisle.

I3R0K3N7FEET 🇬🇧 | 73 ratings
Posted 7 years ago

So, as a big rum fan I tried this as it is surrounded by a lot of hype. The best conclusion I can make is, if you think this is a good rum, you are not a rum fan, stop drinking rum and go back to single malts.

This tastes like a really smooth, sweet single malt. Not bad, but the sweetness seems like 'sweetener' sweet, not sugar or caramel. I did try mixing it too, but it is terrible with cola, terrible with ginger, but not so bad with Copella apple and raspberry juice.

I ended up binning it.

Edit. (27/12/2022)
So coming back to this, I had it a few times back to back with some other rums and whisky, and what I previously said kinda stands, though I have to admit, it is a decent sipper. Very smooth and has some characterful flavour that dances around after. I still think its highly overrated, but doesn't deserve the '3' I previously gave it. In my retrospect, and much broader understanding compared to several years ago, I certainly appreciate this drink (significantly more than I do Kirk and Sweeney for example), and thus considering it as such I have updated the score to reflect where I believe it lies. I certainly wouldnt recommend this drink as a mixing rum, or a slogger, but this is a decent sipper. There are many good rums id choose over this at its selling point, but i'd not turn it down when available.

Steven James 🇬🇧 | 33 ratings
Posted over 9 years ago

Sweetened spirit with spurious marketing claims and very questionable age statement.

Mr. Rum Guy 🇺🇸 | 23 ratings
Posted over 6 years ago

I've tried Zacapa 23 on many occasions. It's loaded with extra sugar or something and it's not at all a 23yr aged rum. I'm not easy to please and this falls short. Way short. I do give a great deal of credit to Zacapa for opening the eyes of buyers vs products like Bacardi and Capt Morgan. Notice that most people put coke in those. I just want to sip neat.

Jelle 🇧🇪 | 3 ratings
Posted over 7 years ago

All the people who are not accustom to drinking rum, are enjoying Zacapa 23y. It's pretty sweet and not that heavy. It's not my favorite but it's a close second.

IvoK 🇨🇿 | 53 ratings
Posted over 7 years ago

Nose: Medium sweet, nice aroma, too alcoholic
Taste: Sweet, sugar
Tail: Balanced, with alcohol spike at the end
Added sugar 20g per liter
Easy to drink