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Ron Zacapa XO Rum is produced in the highlands of Guatemala where it is distillled from fresh cane juice. The rum is then aged from 6 to 23 years at 7544 feet above sea level at 62 °F (17 °C) using the solera process. The solera aging process incorporates barrels that previously held American whiskeys, sherries, wines and Cognac
The unique Ron Zacapa XO glass decantur features an impression of a woven band around the middle, which is in reference to the original hand woven palm leaf petate bottle cover that covered the bottle
Color — This rum is on the darker end of the spectrum.
Nose — The smell of this rum is pleasant, but certainly not special. You get an initial slight burn, followed by sharp hints of caramel, olives, and wood.
Taste — The initial taste is fairly bitter, with an initial moderate burn. The initial taste is fairly minerally and has slight notes of olives. This initial flavor doesn’t last long, though, as the rum very quickly transitions into very pleasant, intense, and complex notes. In short, the rum takes a second to settle into itself. The aftertaste and linger in the mouth following the initial flavors are exceptional. Wow, this rum has an intense and complex linger. That’s really what makes this rum great. Caramel, honey, grape, ripe bananas, apples, brown sugar. Later in the drink you’ll also get notes of coffee, floral, fruit, wood, and nuts. The linger lasts for a long period, and changes over time — this rum has one of the longest mouth lingers I’ve experienced. Each of these flavors comes out, none is over powering (as is certainly not the case with other rums...).
Overall, this is a great sipping rum. The complexity, intensity, and length of the mouth linger alone give this rum high marks. I only wish that the nose experience and initial taste were just as good. In those areas, I don’t consider this rum to be absolutely exceptional. Good there, but not great. But for aftertaste and linger alone, this rum is completely worth it.
Very smooth, clean taste...i wanted little bit more tricky finish
What an appearance. The presentation is a poem, what a high quality packaging. The bottle already suggests the finest content.
Smell: Already familiar aromas that the Zacapa 23 brings with it, but milder, wonderfully balanced. Dried fruits (plums), caramel, burnt sugar, wonderfully sweet, there is some withered fruit and something slightly sour like a kiwi can be sensed in the sweetness.
Taste: mild, sweet, full-bodied, caramel, fruit, vanilla, citrus. Everything is wonderfully harmonious. You want to keep it in your mouth longer and longer.
Sweetness: 3 / 5
Spice: 2 / 5
Fruit: 4 / 5
Mildness: 4 / 5
While the Zacapa 23 is young and impetuous, the XO unfolds wonderfully harmoniously.
Both clearly have the same mother, master blender Lorena Vasquez.
You can tell that XO is more mature, noble and mild. It has also more flavors, especially a toasted cask flavor.
He is not as old as the 30th aniversary version, but still much older than zacapa 23.
Tento rum sa určite oplatí vyskúšať. Hlavne milovníci sladšich rumov si prídu na svoje. V porovnaní so Zacapou 23YO je to úplne iná trieda,nie je všedný a od prvého dúšku ukazuje ako je pekné vybalancovany a vyzretý. Odporúčam i keď tejto cenovej hladine by som našiel určite už aj chutnejšie rumy. Osobné hodnotenie na úrovni 8,2
My first serious rum after years of downing Havana in Mojitos with an occasional tasting of local Caribbean rums. Strong smooth taste, even better on rocks after all the flavours are released
Bought this for christmas and hoped it would be at least half as good as the reviews. I was not disappointed and found it to be very easy to drink with a nice nutty flavour and very smooth finish! The presentation and bottle are also great. I know about the added sugar in certain rums but even still, i did not find this over the top sweet or anything like that. I think it is quite a balanced rum. Good stuff!
Wow wow wow. Premium rum i stored for special occasion. Yeah, it is special but why too sweet? 😭 but one of my favourite ones
Smooth, velvety, with long & warm finish. A great rum.
Crushed ice in a Riedel Merlot glass. Add XO and swirl until the outside of the glass freezes. Sip away. Nectar of the Gods!
La mejor version de Zacapa, su XO, gran ron, gran cuerpo, mezcla de aromas inolvidables. Precio justo para lo que vale. Mucho mejor que el Solera 23 que me sabe muy dulce.
With a flair that resembles cognac this rum leans a lot more towards being drank neat from a sniffer than from a typical low ball rum glass.
Swirling it in a snifter and taking your time while enjoying a good cigar is my preferred way of drinking this particular rum.
Generally I would rate 8+, but I am tkaing in consideration the price of this rum and it is just not worth it. Go for the classic 23y solera.
Primo rum di qualità bevuto anni fa molto buono e delicato ma ormai diventato un po troppo caro
Nie je hodný tej ceny ,za tie peniaze mám 3 lepšie rumy!
en god Rom med en lang krydret ettersmak men noe dyr i pris.
Chocolate, cereza, frutas pasas dulces... una explosión en tu boca.
TL/DR - try it if you get a chance - sample before buying a bottle.
I may have over-hyped myself on this Rhum. I just got to try it on a cruise and it was great, however, I doubt its worthy of its price tag. Definitely more complex and smoother than the Z 23. Aging it for 45 minutes helped the strong alcohol smell burn off. My only beef is that I can get similar flavor profiles from Plantation XO 1/4 the price. And plantation is much smoother with nice buttery notes.
Only one word to describe the flavour of this rum: quality
Like many others I have tried the Ron Zacapa 23. To me that was a nice rum, but a bit to sweet, so I wasn´t really interested in trying the big brother XO, but when offered a taste at a work meeting you have to take it and to be honest. It is still sweet, but an improvement on the 23.
Nose: Vanilla, oak, prunes, almonds and toffee
Taste: Raisins, brown sugar, dates, toasted coconut and then a dominant toffee comes and steals the show in the aftertaste
Overall: As said before this is on the sweeter side of the spectrum, but there is not doubt that under the sweetness is some very nicely made rum. The aftertaste is a bit to sweet, which is unfortunate, but overall this is a very nice rum if you want to treat yourself to something sweet, which you have to do from time to time.
Love the taste, this is my favourite rum so far. Sweet, but not too sweet, delicate as I like it. Box and Bottle are also something special.
My new favorite. Rum belongs to the class of super-premium, has a large number of awards and medals and is considered one of the best in the world. He also became the first rum in the International Hall of Fame. The color of the rum is dark golden, with a slight shade of red.
The aroma easily captures notes of vanilla, iris, spices, caramel, ginger, orange peel, oak and roasted nuts. Sea of pleasant tasty aromas. The smell is certainly gorgeous.
The taste is balanced, soft and complex. Cocoa, vanilla, lime, mango, spices and dried fruits are felt in it. It is drunk pleasantly and with great pleasure.
The finish is not sharp and long. Caramel and chocolate are felt.
The strength of the drink is 40%. Definitely recommend this beauty
I love the Zacapa rums and this one is a precious diamond!! First time I drank this one, I was still a rookie drinking rums. Even than I loved it already. Now that I have been drinking a lot of different rums I can say that this is really a precious diamond dor sure!! The first bottle I finished was the old design and after that I killed three new design bottles already. So sweet!!
Ron Zacapa XO rum review by Everyday Drinking
Ron Zacapa XO rum tasting notes by Gear Patrol
Ron Zacapa XO rum review by The Ultimate Rum Guide