raw honey
cinnamon
vanilla
caramel
spicy
smoky
slightly sweet
mocha coffee
marzipan
Spiral Ron Zacapa Solera 23
Ron Zacapa
Solera 23
Tasting Notes
Appearance / Colour
Mahogany with coppery tints.
 
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.
 
Finish
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.
 
Comment
This is a huge, impressive, award winning and showy Rum. Sip slowly and straight.

Flavour spiral
Raw honey, cinnamon, slightly sweet, spicy, vanilla, caramel, smoky, mocha coffee, orange peel.

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Rum from above the Clouds.

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 pineapples is 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.
 
  • Style
    Aged Rum
  • Region
    Guatemala
  • Country
    Guatemala
  • Alcohol
    40%
  • Distillery
    Industrias Licoreras de Guatemala
  • Bottler
    Industrias Licoreras de Guatemala
  • Age
    23 Year Old

Ron Zacapa

Solera 23

(0.75l, 40%)


8.4/10
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Ron Zacapa Solera 23
Owen
Owen,
Pretty good and smooth. Not too sweet. Good legs.
Antti
Antti,
It is an outstanding, intense, cane liqueur from Guatemala, blended using the Solera system with a thick finish.
Kim
Kim,
This rum is insanely overhyped and boring.
Douglas
Douglas,
Amazing is all I can say
anonymous
anonymous,
Way too sweet! For a agricole rhum fan as me.
Steven
Steven,
Great tasting sipping Rum
Kim
Kim,
Nice and tasty
Bud
Bud,
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.
Teresa
Teresa,
Love it. Taste just as great when the ice has melted slightly. Great sipping rum
Corey
Corey,
My go to rum. Smooth, flavorful and affordable there is nothing not to love about this rum.
Chris
Chris,
Fantastic
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
Very good! Would be a perfect sipping rum by the camp fire. Great taste, would a waste to mix this rum
Christopher
Christopher,
Delicious rum would buy again
anonymous
anonymous,
Favorite!!
Michael
Michael,
This is my favorite sipping rum, it's smooth, delicious, and not overpowering to the palate.
Lou
Lou,
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.
Brian
Brian,
Smooth and Perfect
Chris
Chris,
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.
anonymous
anonymous,
It is always my go to - on the rocks, on the rocks with lime, or mixed in an old cuban
Simon
Simon,
Really good taste with clear flavours and none of that almost candy-like aftertaste that some rums have.
Matthias
Matthias,
I like the ron! He is soft, aromatic and has a great taste.
Richard
Richard,
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.
anonymous
anonymous,
This one really goes down smooth.
Torrey
Torrey,
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.
anonymous
anonymous,
Tasted and appreciated it for the flavor and the complexity. Vanilla and caramel flavor. Really pleasant
Onni
Onni,
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.
Barry
Barry,
Sweet like Angel blood
anonymous
anonymous,
Sweet sweet rum. Love it on the rocks
Steven
Steven,
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.
anonymous
anonymous,
Чистейший прекрасный
Thom
Thom,
Very nice aroma sweet and floral the flavor was super oaky rustic with a slight sweet follow through. Rustic
Jonathan
Jonathan,
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.
nathan
nathan,
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.
Michael
Michael,
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.
Ziga
Ziga,
Jummy. Waiting for the new bottle :)
Don
Don,
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.
Brandon
Brandon,
Simply the best bang for your buck.
Darrell
Darrell,
Tasty and smooth. Good with 1 cube or none.
Kyle
Kyle,
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.
anonymous
anonymous,
Very nice with cigars. Sweet, strong enough, long finish.
anonymous
anonymous,
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.
camilo
camilo,
Undefeated
Norbert
Norbert,
The Best
Blake
Blake,
Dig it
anonymous
anonymous,
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.
Shawn
Shawn,
Nice and smooth stuff!
Gabriel
Gabriel,
So smooth! Love it
Ville
Ville,
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
anonymous
anonymous,
Delicious
anonymous
anonymous,
It's the best Rum I have ever tryed there is online One Rum that can compare Santa Teresa
anonymous
anonymous,
Good for "Cuba libre"
anonymous
anonymous,
Nothing special, much better rums out there for this price
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
Nice Rum, great aftertaste. Easy drinking....
Lesley
Lesley,
Me best
Jon
Jon,
Best bar far
Gary
Gary,
Not as good as the zacapa xo. But for the price it is simply perfect.
anonymous
anonymous,
One of the best rums I've tried.
anonymous
anonymous,
One of my favorites
anonymous
anonymous,
Perfect
anonymous
anonymous,
In the Rocks
Johan
Johan,
Lovely rom!
anonymous
anonymous,
Too sweet, like a liqueur.
anonymous
anonymous,
Perfect
Mark-Olaf
Mark-Olaf,
A perfect rum for a perfect night with your best friends.
anonymous
anonymous,
Best rum
anonymous
anonymous,
Mein absoluter Lieblingsrum. Wunderbar weich und geschmackvoll
Vasil
Vasil,
The best rum I've tasted so far!
Robert
Robert,
Excellent
anonymous
anonymous,
Great rum, a must have in any collection.
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