Ron Zacapa Centenario 23 Rum Review

Ron Zacapa Centenario 23

Brand: Ron Zacapa Centenario

Label Notes:

  • Sistema Solera 23
  • Solera gran reserva
  • From virgin sugar cane aged at a high altitude in oak barrels
  • Producto de Guatemala
  • The balance of bouquet and unique flavors is derived from a blend of aged rums between 6 and 23 years old, originating from the “sistema solera” aging process. These mature rums have been produced only from the sweetest first-crush virgin sugar cane. Ron Zacapa 23 is matured at an altitude of 2300 meters in selected barrels that previously aged robust American whiskeys, delicate sherries, and fine Pedro Ximenez wines.
  • Sistema Solera – A traditional, dynamic aging process in which rums of different ages and personalities are blended, then subsequently stored in selected barrels to continue the maturing process. This process is guided and repeated under the critical eye of the master blender until reaching the maturity and complexity of aromas and flavors that shape this unique premium rum.
  • Produced by Anejos de Altura, S.A.Km 16.5, Carretera Roosevelt, Zona 1, Gixco Quatelama, under license from Rum Creation and Products.

Color: Dark reddish brown, almost mahogany

Nose: Oak, brown sugar, honeysuckle,

Palate: Syrupy sweet vanilla, oak. It tastes like a cocktail made with simple syrup.

Finish: medium length finish that’s sweet, sweet, and more sweet, with some vanilla cinnamon, and oak.

Overall: You can’t review a rum like Ron Zacapa 23 without pointing out the deceitful packaging. No, it is not 12 year old rum. It’s 6 year old rum, with some undisclosed small amount of 23 year old rum somewhere in there.

No, Ron Zacapa is not someone’s name. Ron is just spanish-style rum. Many rums from countries like Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, and others produce brands of “ron”.

Honestly this rum doesn’t taste bad – except for the super syrupy sweetness that dominates everything. This is a dessert rum for sure. But that sweetness is added sugar – why? In my mind it’s for one of two reasons: to mask the bad rum underneath, or to create a cocktail. And since this is labeled as a sipping rum and not a cocktail, that tells me its the former. That’s leaves a bad taste in my mind.

Rating: 4

Rating Overview:
1: Gross I can’t even drink this crap.
2: Poor I would force this down in good company
3: Bad I wouldn’t have to force it down, but it’s not good either.
4: Not Bad But still not good.
5: Just OK Average.
6: Good Above average, but not special.
7: Very Good Well above average.
8: Excellent This is a favorite of mine for sure.
9. Amazing I would bathe in this if I could afford to.
10. Life Altering Nothing could be better than this.

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