Ron Zacapa Centenario Solera Grand Reserve Part One: The Taste Test


We’ll sing any song about the sea, or about drinkin’ rum, or about being at sea when ye’d much rather be ashore drinkin’ rum with pretty lassies who’re also drinkin’ rum.

After two bottles in a row knocking down vodka, we’re taking something a bit heavier and hitting a bottle that if you indulge too much could get you keelhauled (see picture from above).

That’s right, we’re taking enjoying a Caribbean vacation (at least a Caribbean in our minds) with some of that lovely sugary liquor that makes your tongue wag and your eyes wander.

This isn’t your average college party Captain Morgan, however. We’re looking at  Ron Zacapa Centenario Solera Grand Reserve. And if that seems like a hell of a long name it’s because it is. From the Zacapa Rum site:

In the highlands of Quetzaltenango, 7544ft above sea level, lies The House Above the Clouds. This stunning location – one of the highest ageing facilities in the world – is where Zacapa Rum slowly develops its complex flavour and character over time.

You’re also looking at $50 a bottle for their base level. If you want their XO then you’re going to need to really crack open your pocket-book. That’s why we’re looking at the $50 iteration over the next two weeks.

Nose:

Strong caramel notes with a very clean finish and absolutely no bite on the end.

Neat:

It almost seems like a shame to mix this, actually. Warm and neat in the glass it is exceptionally smooth with a finish that disappears off the palate leaving you wanting more.

On the Rocks:

This actually weakens some of the strong butterscotch flavors you catch while neat. It will be interesting to see how that complexity translates into cocktail form.

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