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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
Smooth and balanced, Nose: sweet aromas of dried apricots, vanilla, coconut, oak, chocolate,
citrus fruits and sherry. A rich and warm palette, a great sipping Rum, a little on the expensive side.
Even though I am a relative newcomer to premium Rum, I can still appreciate quality and complexity in a beverage. For me, the experience of this rum definitely starts with the colour. The way it catches the light in both the bottle and a glass is stunning; bringing out deep, amber tones. The nose is strong with vanilla and oak, and a hint of alcohol. I very much enjoyed several minutes of nosing this prior to tasting. It is not overly sweet, which is important to myself in a rum. The initial taste is complex, but perhaps the oak does dominate a little. The length on the palate is good, and the complexity really opens up as the oak and vanilla dissipate a little. It's very, very smooth. Easy to drink and enjoyable. Highly recommend. Personally, the bottle in which it comes in Australia is a little cheap looking and clumsy to pour from (it is different than the bottle shown for reference on this site). But that, along with the vanilla overpowering some of the more subtle flavours, are the only minor negatives, that take it from a 9 to an 8 rating.
dovolím si použít intro od @hunteromario
Zacapa XO, nebo celým názvem Ron Zacapa XO Solera Gran Reserva Especial, je směs rumů starých 6 až 25 let, zrající metodou solera. Nenechte si tedy od heuréky ani e-shopů namluvit, že se jedná o rum pětadvacetiletý. Konečné zrání probíhá v sudech po koňaku, předtím jsou použity sudy po bourbonu i po sherry Pedro Ximénez. Zraje v nadmořské výšce okolo 2200 metrů nad mořem. Jediný rozdíl mezi Zacapa 23 a Zacapa XO je tak v oněch dvou letech navíc v sudech po koňaku. A pak už jen v lepší prezentaci balení a více než dvojnásobné ceně. A vlastně ještě v malé drobnosti, v horší vůni i chuti...
Alkohol: 40 %
bohatá vůně, lehce alko v nosu
sladší z počátku ale lehce štiplavější konec s kořením
celkově jsem čekal lepší počin. asi klasická solera 23 lepší poměr cena výkon
Smoother than the 23, and not as many flavours, but I do love it
It's slightly more complicated than the 23 but really not worth the $$. I wouldn't buy another bottle. But I enjoyed it none the less
Incredible smooth and sublime depth in flavor. Sweet and silky feel to the tongue. Don't mix this one but sip in a nice tumbler glass and no ice.
The 23 and the XO are about the same level, why spend more.
It’s a great Ron. I still prefer the zacapa 23 but this one is a piece of art!!
I was really excited to bring a bottle of Ron Zacapa XO home. This was the first really premium bottle of rum I ever bought.
Now, having some depth to my palate, I'd absolutely recommend giving XO a shot, but would also recommend doing so alongside a bottle of Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva or Ron Zacapa 23 (which is a nicer rum in my opinion).
If you enjoy a sweet aged rum look no further than zacapa xo. It has all the characteristics: toffee, coffee, sugar cane, etc. This rum is a gem and for the price it’s a steal
More rich taste than the 23 solera standard Rum - but never really impressed me. I guess it disappeared too quick to really get the true taste :-)
This is without doubt a nice and smooth quality rum, but it's just not completely worth it's price. Personally I think it's to sweet (and I like prefer sweet rum) which takes attention away from the rums flavours. If only it had less sugar in it and perhaps a higher alcohol percent. When that is said, it's still a good rum worth a try, but not a rum which is a "must have" for your collection.
It is so rich and sweet I decant it for others. You may find different, but you will not find a more fulfilling rum of richness and quality. One of the best deals out there for a high end rum.
Its the best Rum I had til now. Its almost perfect.
Like a woman, handle whit care.
Smell it, taste it, love it.
One of my top of the line.
It is good but not hardly any better than the 23 year solera. At less than half the price, save you money and get 2 bottles of their standard offering.
This is more round and mellow taste than Zacapa 23.
It's like a Velvet rum.
This is one of the smoothest premium rims I’ve enjoyed! It’s flavor is sensual and it leaves you with the most amazing buzz!
Smooth as silk, warming. Sweet sugar molasses aroma. Sweet but not cloying to my palate. A joy to drink if you prefer sweeter styles. If Navy rums or drier rums are your thing then this is not. I love it. Lots of character. I wouldn't hesitate to give this neat to someone wanting to step into aged rums. Some aficionados will not like the sweet aspect of this rum but it is what it is and for all of that it's simply a joy to sip. Raise one for me!
(UPDATE - my initial rating on this is from notes from a number of years ago. My palate had changed and while I still like this rum I would lower my original rating to a 7.5 or an 8. I find that these super sweet blends are becoming overbearing to my palate as I experience more and more drier and no sugar added rums. )
Yes ok... The quality is good. I like this rum... And the bottle demonstrates something majestic... But for the price it hasto deliver this
After pouring it, it will take a few minutes for the rum to open up. After it opens up, you’ll get caramel, spices and a slight woody smoke aroma. The taste is light, warm, woody and sweet that is pleasant to the pallet. The finish is simple and smooth.
En riktigt len och god rom. Den 23-åriga soleran känns spritig i jämförelse.
Ahhhhhh.............. after the first sip, a great rum, wonderful aroma and complex on the palate, sweeter than most Barbadian rums, they tend to be more dry, but nevertheless a good rum. It is well balanced but a tad overpriced for what it delivers.
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