Zacapa Rum was developed by a Guatemalan doctor, Alejandro Burgaleta, who did countless test trials and adjustments to the distillation and stabilization of his rum before releasing his first bottle of rum in 1976. The rum is distilled from virgin honey, a syrup that has more sugar content than molasses, 72 percent versus 50 percent. Zacapa rum is crafted in Guatemala in the large mountainous region of Quetzaltenango which is 2300 meters above sea level and was chosen for it’s cooler night time temperatures as well as it’s thinner, lower-oxygenated air which makes the rum aging process more gentle. The rum develops a complex character and flavor and is best served neat.
Zacapa Rums to Try Neat
The Ron Zacapa XO Gran Reserva Especial is a blend of rums aged 6 to 25 years. This blend has an extra stage of aging inside French oak barrels that used to hold cognac. Aromas of spice and fruit creating a balanced mix with a touch of sweetness. The XO Gran Reserva Especial is an intense red mahogany.
The Ron Zacapa Solera Gran Reserva Edicion Negra is a blend of rums aged 6 to 24 years. The Ron Zacapa Solera Gran Reserva Edicion Negra goes through an extra aging stage in casks that used to hold American Whiskies as well as fine wines. Smokey notes with flavors of chocolate, dried fruit, raisins, and caramelized fruit to create a balanced and dense rum.
The Ron Zacapa Sisterma Solera 23 Rum is a blend of rums aged 6 to 23 years. Aromas of spice oak, dried fruit, honey, and butterscotch. The rum is a light mahogany color with legs that cling to the glass.