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Rum Review: Ron Zacapa Centenario XO

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 25, 2010

Industrias Licoreras de Guatamala , is the consortium of  companies that have combined to produce, bottle, market , and sell internationally some of the great rums of Guatemala like Ron Zacapa and Botran Rums.  These rums are not widely available in my locale but they are highly regarded.  When I was given the chance to procure a sample of Ron Zacapa Centenario Xo 25 year old rum to review on my blog, I jumped at the chance.  (The sample was provided by a great group of guys called The Rum Chums.)

The Ron Zacapa Centenario XO is a blend of rums made from sweet first crush virgin sugar cane.  The rums are blended from solera aged stocks which range in age from six years to 25 years.  These stocks are aged in special cellars more than 7000 feet above sea level, at the Zacapa “House in the Clouds”, which is the name used locally to describe the Zacapa distillery and rum aging facility.   These barrels are a mixture of  reused American bourbon, sherry, Pedro Ximenez wines, and cognac  barrels.  The combination of solera aging and the wide variety of reused barrels creates a highly complex rum with a multitude of aroma and flavour.

I couldn’t resist snapping this picture of my rum sample next to a canvas painting that my Sister in Law gave me for Christmas (in laws always treat you better than outlaws).

Here is an excerpt from the review:

“Richness and luxury ooze from the nose of this sweet nectar.  Scents of mild toffee and spice combined with a rich oak and vanilla aroma rise from the glass to the delight of my nostrils.  There seems to be a light orange citrus weaving through the aroma.”

You can read the entire review and find my decadent cocktail, The Royal Batiste, here:

Review: Zacapa Centenario XO (25 YR Solero) Rum

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