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Ron Zacapa Rum

Ron Zacapa is a Guatemalan rum brand. It is known for its history in sugarcane cultivation and rum production. Since 1976, Ron Zacapa has become a premium rum. It has won international acclaim and a loyal fanbase.

Historical Roots and Distinctive Production

Ron Zacapa, named after a Guatemalan town, was made to celebrate Zacapa's centenary. It is unique in its production. Instead of molasses, it uses 'virgin sugar cane honey'. This makes a sweeter, smoother rum.

The sugarcane comes from Retalhuleu's volcanic plains. The brand ferments the juice with yeast from pineapples. This adds a fruity taste to the rum.

The Sistema Solera

Ron Zacapa's ageing process, the "Sistema Solera", sets it apart. The rum ages in barrels used for American whiskey, sherry, and Pedro Ximenez wines. It ages 2,300 meters above sea level in Guatemala. This altitude provides ideal ageing conditions.

The Solera system blends rums of different ages. Young rum adds sweetness, older rum brings complexity. Ron Zacapa rums age for up to 23 years. This gives deep flavours and complexity.

Ron Zacapa’s Range of Rums

Ron Zacapa 23 is their most famous rum. It blends rums aged between 6 and 23 years. It has a smooth, rich taste with notes of honey, butterscotch, and dried fruit.

The XO is a more mature rum. It ages in French oak barrels used for cognac. It is a blend of rums aged 6 to 25 years. It has a robust taste with hints of chocolate and dark fruit.

International Acclaim and Awards

The brand has won many awards. It is praised by critics as one of the world's top rums.

Sustainability and Social Responsibility

Ron Zacapa focuses on sustainable practices and social responsibility. It supports sugarcane farmers in Retalhuleu. The distillery employs local women who weave ‘petate’ bands for the bottles. This honours Guatemala's Mayan heritage.

Enjoying Ron Zacapa

The rum is best enjoyed neat or with ice. Its smoothness and flavour make it great for high-end cocktails.

Ron Zacapa shows the craftsmanship of Guatemalan rum-making. It combines a unique production process, Sistema Solera ageing, and a focus on quality. It offers a rich, complex rum experience. Whether you are new to rum or a fan, Ron Zacapa offers a taste of Guatemala's rum heritage.

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