Ron Zacapa Centenario 23 Anos
Some folks out there believe they have seen (and tasted) everything. When you go to a bar you look to the top shelf and try to make up your mind on what you will drink and, if you are appreciate a good rum you most likely will find Bacardi, Mt. Gay, Appleton (if you are lucky enough) and Captain Morgan. But this rum you certainly won’t find easily. It is not a ‘top-shelf’ rum. It is liquid gold.
I’ve met some whiskey connoisseurs at a ‘Whiskey 101′ meeting, and he said that the best way to drink a matured spirit, is with a dash of natural water. Less than a third of whatever is in the glass. It cuts off the burning and brings up the flavours.
If gold could be drank, I bet it would taste pretty much like this beautiful Guatemalan rum. Ron Zacapa is not made in the Caribbean like many others. It is also not a molasses-based rum, it is instead made from the pure sugar cane honey from the first press of sugar.
Despite the distinctions in it’s composition, Zacapa is a darker-than-average sweet rum. Usually the good old rums are amber colour, but this beauty is deep rich brown. It does tastes like honey and cocoa to the finish. It is a beauty.
In fact, the Ron Zacapa Centenario 23 Anos has won the highest rating ever for the spirit from the Beverage Testing Institute (BTI) with a score of 95 out of 100 (exceptional) – www.tastings.com
The only rum I can compare to this level is the Zaya Gran Reserva 12 years which I have been very fortunate to try with my mate Leo last year.