Review: Ron Zacapa 23 (2008)

Review: Ron Zacapa 23 (2008)

What a gorgeous, lush rum this is. From the land of Guatemala comes Ron Zacapa’s old rum, aged at 8,000 feet above sea level (where the temperature averages 62 degrees) and blended from rums in the solera style. The rums in the blend range from a youthful 6 years to a hoary 23 years old (and are stored in a variety of casks, including old bourbon, sherry, and wine barrels). The result is an instant hit.

Cola brown in color, it’s one of the smoothest rums you’ll taste, easily sippable neat (or with ice, your call). Though pressed from pure sugar cane (not molasses), it has none of that cachaca funk. Instead it’s a caramel and cinnamon bonanza, a quite sweet rum that immediately lets you know it’s rum at heart, but with so much more depth to offer. Continued drinking reveals cocoa and vanilla and some nuttiness. If any rum was ever designed for drinking after dinner, it’s Zacapa 23.

At $45, it’s pricey for rum, but the quality is just as high as some even more expensive old bottles, including Homere Clement, which is nearly twice the price. Get some! (Also: Note that the bottle and official name of the spirit have changed recently.)

80 proof.


Ron Zacapa 23 (2008)




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  1. Josef Uhlik on December 10, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    Hola, podria preguntar si es posible pedir una botella por email? Estoy viviendo en Republica Checa, en Praga y cuanto cuesta? Hi, can I order one bottle of this ron? Im living in Chech Republic, in Prag ans how much? Gracias Josef Uhlik

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  3. Matt R. on May 29, 2012 at 10:03 am

    This is my absolute favorite rum. Sip it straight up, room temp.
    This used to be priced at 25 (750ml) dollars a bottle before they changed distributors and got wise on how good this rum is.
    I still buy it at 45 bucks for a special occasion. As a close second to the Zacapa I sometimes opt for Ron Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva ( which usually ranges about 30-35 dollars for the 750ml.

  4. David K on May 31, 2012 at 5:19 am

    If you think Zacapa is good try Zaya rum ..It will blow it away by far the smoothest rum I have ever had.

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