Ron Zacapa XO

Ron Zacapa


(0.75l, 40%)

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Rum from above the Clouds.

Ron Zacapa is named after a town in eastern Guatemala. Their plantation is located high on the volcanic plains of Retalhuleu, 1148ft (350m) above sea level. Most Rums use molasses as their base. In an effort to impart a sweeter and smoother flavour, Zapaca meanwhile 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 aromatic compounds. 

The Rum is then distilled at sea level in continuous column stills, before being moved higher into the mountains, where the maturation takes place. In the highlands of Quetzaltenango, 7,544 ft (2,300 M) 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. Rums between 6 and 25 years old are used in the blend of Ron Zacapa XO. These Rums are then blended as they age in a sequence of barrels that previously stored robust American Whiskeys, delicate Sherries, fine Pedro Ximénez wines and are finished in French oak cask that previously aged Cognac. Talk about a fusion of flavours!

Smartass corner: The lower atmospheric pressure helps intensify the infusion of flavours from the barrels.

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  • Style
    Dark Rum
  • Region
  • Country
  • Alcohol
  • Distillery
    Industrias Licoreras de Guatemala
  • Bottler
    Industrias Licoreras de Guatemala

Flavour Spiral™

About The Flavour Spiral

raw honey
sweet chocolate
burnt caramel
What does Ron Zacapa XO taste like?

The Flavour Spiral™ shows the most common flavours that you'll taste in Ron Zacapa XO and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavour Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.
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Rum (usually) comes from molasses; the sweet and syrupy residue left behind after sugar crystals are extracted from sugar cane juice. Molasses is over 50% sugar, but it also contains significant amounts of minerals and other trace elements, which can contribute to the final flavour.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Colour
Mahogany with coppery tints.
Smell / Nose / Aroma
Mature toasted oak, burnt caramel, Bourbon, cedar, pipe tobacco, chocolate, delicate floral notes.
Flavour / Taste / Palate
Sweet, spicy. Dark cherry chocolate, sultana, date and prune, brown sugar, toffee, cedar and tobacco.
The finish is long and smooth, sugary with vanilla, coffee, smoke and honey, with the tiniest amount of marzipan on  the palate.
This is a huge, impressive, award winning and showy Rum. Sip slowly and straight.

Flavour Spiral
raw honey, sweet chocolate, tobacco, burnt caramel, spicy, sweet, smoky, burnt, coffee
Ratings & Reviews
Good flavor. Very mild. Good for just sipping by itself - neat - NO ice. I don't like my stuff watered down and ice would wash this one out in a hurry!
Best rum I've ever had
Am I the only one who would compare some of the notes to amaro montenegro?
The best of the rum tasting. Not too sweet and well balanced flavors. Great nose.
The Cadillac of rum
The 23 is a solid offering. The XO is a little bolder, a little more complex, a little more sippable. Not sure I'd splurge on the XO over the 23, but I also wouldn't turn down an offered dram.
A delicious rum that is not too sweet yet great on the rocks. Can be used with a cola mixer as well. Try the Ron Zacapa Centanario 23 as well.
Amazing rum, rich but very smooth. Expensive, and worth it!
Super smooth and tasty
The best rum I ever taste...
Nice taste
Best rum ever
This rum is a great Segway for those cognac drinkers who are looking for a change while still having a hint of familiarity
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