Ron Zacapa is named after a town in eastern Guatemala. Their plantation is located higher on the volcanic plains of Retalhuleu, 1148ft (350m) above sea level. Most Rums use molasses as their base, Zacapa, however, to impart a sweeter and smoother flavour, uses only the concentrated first press of sugar cane, known as virgin sugar cane honey. When it’s time to start the fermentation, a strain of yeast extracted from pineapplesis used, which produces unique ‘Zacapa’ aromatic compounds.
The Rum is then distilled at sea level in continuous column stills and moved higher into the mountains where the maturation takes place. In the highlands of Quetzaltenango, 7544ft (2.300m) above sea level, lies The House Above the Clouds. This stunning location – one of the highest ageing facilities in the World – is where Zacapa slowly develops its complex flavour and character over time. After the initial three years of maturation in a solera system, the Rum is transferred to large American white oak casks for an additional year, before they're finally bottled. Rums between 6 and 23 years old are used in the blend of Ron Zacapa Solera 23.
Smartass corner: The lower atmospheric pressure helps intensify the infusion of flavours from the barrels. Barrels previously used for ageing Bourbons, Sherries and Pedro Ximénez wine are used.
Smell / Nose / Aroma
Caramel, vanilla, cocoa, cinnamon, toffee coated bananas, orange peel and fruitiness reminiscent of a cognac.
Flavour / Taste / Palate
Sweet all the way, strong apple/cognac flavours, sweet honeyed viscosity, oak, vanilla, dried fruits and some liquorice, spicy touch of cinnamon and ginger. Hugely concentrated.
The finish is long and smooth, sugary with vanilla, coffee, smoke and honey and it has the tiniest amount of marzipan creeping up to the palate.
This is a huge, impressive, award winning and showy Rum. Sip slowly and straight.
Smoky and citrus. A rum that drinks like a bourbon.
Got a big fan of of Ron Zacapa of a taste of the Etiqueta Negra version. The standard of Ron Zacapa tastes also great and is my home Rum
Excellent spicy taste. Easy to drink.
Smooth and robust
A very nice rum to watch a sunset with
Very drinkable. Nice rum tones. Smooth.
AVERAGE RUM, GOOD FLAVOR, A LITTLE BURN IN THE THROAT. I WILL KEEP MY LIQUOR CABINET SPACE OPEN FOR MY FAVORITE. THIS IS CERTAINLY A GOOD SIPPING RUM.
One of my go to rums! An easy replacement for a port after a meal and the price is well worth it.
this was good, but there is better out there.
Amazing rum, warm balanced flavor that imparts spice notes. Has a big mouthfeel as well as somewhat overwhelming spice notes, but still head and shoulders above most.
One of the best Rums ever
It’s smooth, but not a big stickler for cloves in my rum
Very smooth. Great sipper. I really like it on ice.
Very smooth on the rocks
Very smooth. One of the best Rums ever
Mild spice, vanilla and cinnamon forward. Honey notes.
Pretty good and smooth. Not too sweet. Good legs.
It is an outstanding, intense, cane liqueur from Guatemala, blended using the Solera system with a thick finish.
This rum is insanely overhyped and boring.
Amazing is all I can say
Way too sweet! For a agricole rhum fan as me.
Great tasting sipping Rum
Nice and tasty
No need to mix or add anything to a rum that drinks like a fine whiskey. Fantastic taste from start to finish. Could even pair with a nice Drew Estate Blonde or Kuba Kuba for an enjoyable night at the fire or the bar.
Love it. Taste just as great when the ice has melted slightly. Great sipping rum
My go to rum. Smooth, flavorful and affordable there is nothing not to love about this rum.
Very good! Would be a perfect sipping rum by the camp fire. Great taste, would a waste to mix this rum
Delicious rum would buy again
This is my favorite sipping rum, it's smooth, delicious, and not overpowering to the palate.
Very smooth, not too sweet. The virgin sugar cane flavor is most analogous to European sugar; it is still sweet and very tasteful but does not overpower. The nuance leaves the flavor in the rum but does not overpower with sweetness, as candy would.
Smooth and Perfect
One of the most pleasant things that I have tasted. I had no idea that rum could be this good until I had this one day while in Panama.
It is always my go to - on the rocks, on the rocks with lime, or mixed in an old cuban
Really good taste with clear flavours and none of that almost candy-like aftertaste that some rums have.
I like the ron! He is soft, aromatic and has a great taste.
Smooth and rich, just enough sweetness to make it special, but not overpowering. Balanced and dangerously easy to drink! Rock and roll in a glass.
This one really goes down smooth.
This is very tasty and I like to sip it. I keep a bottle on hand and use it to introduce friends to really good rum.
Tasted and appreciated it for the flavor and the complexity. Vanilla and caramel flavor. Really pleasant
Indeed as good as they say. There are smoother rums than this (ie some darker, some spicer) but as an overall taste and finish, Ron Zacapa has just a good amount of character you would expect when enjoying rum straight.
Sweet like Angel blood
Sweet sweet rum. Love it on the rocks
Absolutely wonderful rum. Very smooth and exceptionally easy to drink. Very little burn. If I can find a bottle of this I will definitely purchase it.
Very nice aroma sweet and floral the flavor was super oaky rustic with a slight sweet follow through. Rustic
Amazingly smooth!!! Best stand alone dark rum I have ever tasted. Drink it neat, on rocks, or with soda. No matter what it will impress.
Fell in love with this while backpacking through Guatemala years ago. Sweet but not sugary, with a well balanced "bite". Very smooth finish. It'd be a shame to mix this with anything as it shines on its own.
Love this rum. Just sweet enough without an overpowering syrupy texture. I don't drink a lot of rums, but I can sip a glass of this neat or on the rocks any day.
Jummy. Waiting for the new bottle :)
Absolutely fantastic. The flavor spiral is almost exactly spot on for thing with honey and caramel definitely showing through. A bit too sweet to be perfect. Nice buttery finish.
Simply the best bang for your buck.
Tasty and smooth. Good with 1 cube or none.
Smooth, caramel finish that brings you back for more. One of the best Rums from Guatemala, just ask my Sailfish buddy Johnny, oh by the way Guatemala has amazing sail fishing.
Very nice with cigars. Sweet, strong enough, long finish.
Yep, Zacapa have the best rum I've ever drunk (On my 4th visit to Caribbean zone before I found it) A hard to find Zacapa 17 is well worth keeping a beady eye for though. Sorry Islanders, the mainland hits a higher altitude.
Easy, smooth, caramel and my go to. I'm new to this so an 8 as there are so many to find. I read too sweet for some, but I'm ok with that for now.
Nice and smooth stuff!
So smooth! Love it
The best rum I've tasted. In my mind this would be the successful, beautiful, loved by everyone -child from whiskey and rum. Where the genes are 75% rum
It's the best Rum I have ever tryed there is online One Rum that can compare Santa Teresa
Good for "Cuba libre"
Nothing special, much better rums out there for this price
Nice Rum, great aftertaste. Easy drinking....
Best bar far
Not as good as the zacapa xo. But for the price it is simply perfect.
One of the best rums I've tried.
One of my favorites
In the Rocks
Too sweet, like a liqueur.
A perfect rum for a perfect night with your best friends.
Mein absoluter Lieblingsrum. Wunderbar weich und geschmackvoll