An awesome rum - winner of a Platinum medal and ranked in First Place by the prestigious Beverage Tasting Institue in Chicago, with a whopping 97 points. Interestingly, now that industry giants Diageo are distributing Zacapa, the '23 years old' age statement has suddenly been dropped and replaced with a somewhat more plausible claim - the rums used are aged between 6 and 23 years old and are blended together in a solera.
Judges' Comments from The International Cane Spirits Festival 2007
Nose full or apricots, citrus fruits, vanilla, cocoa and bourbon; rich and full-bodied with spicy chocolate flavors and a pleasing tannic bite; very long finish, clean and rich with a lovely liqueur-like density.
Award: Gold Medal, Best In Category (Aged Rums 15+ Years Old)
Producer's Tasting Notes
Colour: Dark Mahogany.
Body: Dense, with marvellous complexities of aroma and flavour; thick legs that fall slowly.
Nose: Great intensity, sweet with notes of wood. Sweet fruitiness, vanilla, almond, chocolate, toasted wood and delicate hints of spice.
Taste: Dense and exceptionally balanced, very long aftertaste.
Finish: Attractive and evocative. Elegant and noble.
Customer Reviews: (43 reviews)
just finished a bottle. had my rum friends round for a rum night there were about six rums on offer inc mount gay xo and el dorado 15 yr. Did a blind taste test with them all, we all chose RZ 23 as the best. there so much going on in the flavours and it is delivered so cleanly WOW WOW WOW!
- rummaster, 19th Dec '13
This is to me the #2 best rum of all time after Barbancourt "Reserve de domain" Just add ice and drink it on the rocks. NEVER put a mix with this classic.
- Mike, 7th Nov '13
The big daddy, the one they all talk about!! It's sweet, not complex, and a hint of burn (such as you would expect from a younger rum). If you like your rum sweet and simple, you can't go wrong with this (though there are cheaper to be had that offer the same e.g. Plantation Gran Anejo Guatemala Rum). I bought a 1 litre bottle from duty free over a year ago, and it's still languishing in my cupboard...
- MSR, 12th Jul '13
I have tried many rums over the time and I think this is the best rum I have had to date.
- ian harris, 17th May '13
I keep this rum in stock. This is not a mixer at all and must be enjoyed in its naked self. Very smooth in every aspect.
- David, 28th Mar '13
werry smooth and tasty a little bit on the sweet side but one of the best I had
- anonymous, 3rd Dec '12
OMG this is really good!!!! One of the few rums I can drink with an ice cube & no coke!! Reminds me of a very nice Port (not sure if that's a good or bad thing but I like it). Definitely one of my favorites so far....
- anonymous, 2nd Dec '12
This rum is smooth and intense with lots of flavour, but just a bit too sweet for me. I actually thought it was made from pressed sugar cane rather than molasses as Richml 08/02/12 says, but don't let me put you off trying it as I do not have a very sweet tooth. The free glass that came with it is just perfect for any kind of rum!
- Jonathan, 6th Jun '12
Pound for pound probably the best rum around - the more expensive XO is also very good but I would say is only really worth the extra money for the rather nice bottle itself. In my opinion if you want anything "better" you're looking at £100+
- anonymous, 28th Apr '12
just been to Tobago and was introduced to this spectacular rum. Fanastic !! In Tobago they serve in large brandy glass with a golf ball size of cocunut water as ice just brillant ,5 star all the way.
I can very highly recommend enjoy!!!!!!!
- 23 all the way, 23rd Feb '12
I think some may not appreciate that this is a Rum made from molasses NOT sugar cane, which is what gives it such a distinctive flavour and smell. This is an exceptional Rum and for me with much more 'taste' than the more expensive XO. Having enjoyed rum around the world for more years than I would like to remember (or cannot remember?!) I consider the 23-year old Solera the best I have ever enjoyed - and I do enjoy it!!
- Richml, 8th Feb '12
As smooth as you will ever taste. You will not be disappointed.
- anonymous, 4th Feb '12
I don't really get the hype.
This is too sweet and artificial for me. I much prefer the XO (haven't tasted the new one, though) over this, as it seems somehow truer to the taste of rum and much less artificially sweetened.
I agree with other posters that this is probably best spent in desserts as a substitute to syrup!
- Rune Mariboe, 4th Feb '12
Well, I used to drink Rum a lot before I graduated to Scotch/Bourbon. I bought some here in Guatemala because of the hype. I am on my second glass (neat). It's a bit too sweet for me. I'll keep drinking and maybe I'll change my mind but it seems this would be fabulous in a rum cake..
- Pat, 24th Aug '11
I bought this to see if I could find a less expensive replacement for my favourite Havana Club 15. This isn't it. Whilst it shows some complexity, it does taste like a solera blend, the younger and older not quite gelling together. But mostly my gripe is that it is far too sickly sweet. If you want to pour it on ice cream, this is the rum for you, and it's probably quite good in cocktails, but I was disapointed in it as a sipping rum.
- RJ, 30th Jul '11
Amazing rum with fantastic aroma and such a wonderful taste. Hide yourself away with this and don't share it! Too good to share. The XO may well be better, but this is superb and nearly half the price. Also try the Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva. Different again but as good?? Maybe better....
- Andy - 12th July 2011, 12th Jul '11
This, Zaya and Ron Millionario XO are the absolute best in my humble opinion
- Pav, 8th Jun '11
I tasted this at a restaurant recently and I've been thinking about it ever since. It has a taste like nothing I have ever tasted before. Magnificent. I will be buying some post-haste!
- Varkko, 7th Jun '11
The best cuba libre i have tasted was made with ron zacapa XO...
- Alexander, 12th May '11
THis is one of those finit rums that CANNOT be adulterated with a mixer, its flavour is distinctive, yet characteristic of its origins, a superb rum at the listed price.