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Ron Zacapa Centenario Sistema Solera 23

(70cl, 40%)

Ron Zacapa Centenario Sistema Solera 23

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Ron Zacapa 23 Bottling Note

A firm favourite here at the Master of Malt, this is a truly superb Guatemalan rum, blended using the solera system. Sublime stuff. This was matured in a mix of bourbon and sherry casks. The Beverage Testing Institute awarded this 98 points!

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Very sweet and nutty, honey and chocolate. Dark brown sugar, gentle smoke. Pipe tobacco.

Palate: Very sweet and soft. Dark brown sugar, molasses, rounded, so gentle!

Finish: Thick, medium length, hint of smoke on the tail.

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Ron Zacapa Centenario Sistema Solera 23 Reviews

really nice!

really nice!

10th July 2020


Very light rum that has a nice finish after along day at the office. Love the fruitiness when taking slow sips coffee n the evening. Not over power as most rims go. Looking forward to trying the XO. Brilliant!!

8th June 2020

Definitely the best rum in the world!!

THE premium sipping rum!
Delicious taste. The one who knows, knows!!🥃🥇👌

7th June 2020

Personal preference is everything with this one.

For what it seems to try for, this rum is excellent. Thin, 40% ABV dark amber maple syrup, anyone?
Best rum? Sure, if you haven't tried many. Sure, if you're an alcoholic hummingbird. But a bad rum?? Sure, if you don't like the super-sweet, ever. Sure, if you want the drink to be as thick as the molasses or cane syrup that made it. For the price point I think this is a really good drink, but I wouldn't want it to be the only rum within arm's length.

6th May 2020

Pure beauty

One of the best sipping rums you can buy, it’s not hard to see why Zacapa has won so many awards! Anyone that says otherwise is a moron.
Smokey coffee taste and very nutty, while being quite sweet, just beautiful.

20th March 2020

Nice packaging, Rum was ok

Liked but didn't love

7th January 2020

Fragrant, smooth, full bodied rum.

This is a rum that I can drink much of in one sitting. 40%? Tastes more like 30%, thus dangerous in its company.

27th December 2019

sugary gasoline

Like a bad vodka, thin and so so sweet, a kind of mix betwin corn syrup and the taste I imagine for gasoline.... overpriced, and ppl who give that a 5 stars review have never taste real and good ol' rhum...

18th December 2019

Ripped off

All those ppl who give 5* are paid. I gave 1* also being generous. Fqint aroma, thin and insipid, very spirity almost some paint striper. No aftertaste. I pass to my wife for baking. Better pay more for El Dorado.

16th October 2019

Taste, taste, taste

Pfff like angels in your mouth. Taste sensation! No other rum for me. Sunday afternoon with friends and cigars. Pure of coarse.

17th September 2019

Rip off.

Those people saying this is amazing and the best they ever had, probably haven't tried many rums.

At £54 this is a complete rip off. The rums you could buy with this money and actually get the quality you deserve for such a price.

Pussers Gunpowder Proof is twice as good at £35
Anything by Richard Seale is also much better, R.L Seale's 10 is £36

Ron Zacapa 23 is bland in comparison, I was so disappointed after reading the good reviews it has.
It would be an ok rum at around £30, but this is over hyped and over priced.

22nd June 2019

Excellent Neat - like a room full of smart women!

As a female dark rum fanatic, Zacapa 23 is best served neat to be appreciated. It finishes clean with no hangovers and a true sipper's delight.

30th April 2019


When the most unique and best friends I've ever had. Really has a cherry type taste to it

24th December 2018

Like my whisky, reds, and ports - but plain talker

I like my whisky, red wine, and port. This rum think: Seppeltfield Para 18yr if you like port/fortified wines. Whisky drinkers think Aberlour A'bunadh.

29th September 2018

Really Good

A very good and tasty rum that is very price worth , its on the taste of not to often but once in a while for me unlike other rums I've tried, still very very satisfied with this one.

28th January 2018

An Amazing Rum

This is an amazing Rum! Granted all Zacapas are on the sweeter side but still amazing

20th November 2017

Worlds best Rum👌🏻👌🏻

This is the best Rum I ever had👍👍

20th September 2017

Buy it NoW!

Best rum i have tasted ... it's better neat or on the rocks (one big cube) Extremely satisfied!!!

16th August 2017

Musical rum

Music enjoyed by taking this rum. Extremely smooth rum ever had.

11th February 2017

Overpriced but easy to drink

El Dorado slays it even at a 15

31st January 2017

Nice, but overpriced

Really liked this, sweet but with a kick, 50 + pounds is alot though. Saint teresa 1796 is a tenner less and better, if you can find it cheaper would recommend but there are better for less

18th June 2016

Favorite rum to date

I recently decided to try rum as my go-to liquor. Although I like mixed drinks, I prefer sipping liquor neat. I have lived my entire life in KY - bourbon country. But I have become a rum devotee. And this is one of my favorites. Of course I began with other lower shelf brands...this was recommended to me, and I found it to be a great sipping rum. My only complaint is that I went for a new bottle this week and it was sold out. LOL

1st June 2016

Nice one

This is a very good sipping rum really enjoyed the complex flavors it has to offer. Would highly recommend.

1st May 2016

Good all round rhum

Very good alround rhum. Long after taste.

20th April 2016

Great rum

Specially when you mix it with Blue Lagoon

15th April 2016

Great rum

First of all don't misunderstand it is not trying to claim that its a 23yr old rum, its a play on a play, the minimum age of a rum in the bottle is 6 years and goes all the way up to 23. Also the rum is aged 2300ft above sea level hence the name.
Apart from that the rum is great by itself or on ice.
I recoment a dash of organge bitters and orange slice.

28th January 2016

Great by itself

Discovered this on a trip to Belize and then found locally. A little on the sweet side, but great just to pour a couple oz over a little ice or with a splash of Coke. I never really liked rum before and some of the so called rum you get in Central America the locals pour into coconuts doesn't help, but glad I ran across this. I've gradually learned that when you travel, ask around at the decent places and you discover gems every now and then.

22nd January 2016


Nice but not a patch on El Dorado 12 you do the math!

31st October 2015


A year and a half ago the Mrs and I visited Dominican Republic and I tried some real Rum (previous rum encounters were Bacardi and coke). I've been a whisky drinker for a while now and decided to try this based on the reviews. It is an amazing rum. Fantastic nose, sweet but complex on the palate and it is incredibly smooth. There is none of that alcoholic burn you can get with cheap rums or young spirits. Delighted with the purchase and very much looking forward to having some friends around and sipping it neat. Highly recommend!

14th September 2015

Not 23 years old

As good as this rum is (and it's really good), it's not 23 years old. The 23 anos was discontinued and replaced with a 23 Sistema Solera, whereby the oldest rum in the solera is 23 year old - and of that there isn't much. It's not even an average age.

15th July 2015

the naysayers are not really adjusting to the rum experience...true, it's 'different' than whisky, but...

poured into a stemless oversized wine glass

nose: red hots (cinnamon)and generic cola (in a good way); sweet but nothing suggesting cloyingness

palate: this is rum? not sure where everyone rating this negatively are getting the 'liqueur' sense...the mouthfeel isn't thin but this sure isn't 'thick' or syrupy. molasses, sure, but in a refined sense (of taste...not viscosity); other notes include raw honey bite, more 'cola' (again, in a good way), and, of course, there's the oak bite that's very mellowed but assertive nonetheless. i've heard as it sits and warms up, more develops, but this is right out of the bottle within a 5 minute span.

finish: despite the impressiveness of the first two phases of the tasting (and worth, so far, the $50 price tag!), this is a finish i wish i could get from some of my favorite whisk(e)y experiences! the finish is of medium length, but the first 5 seconds are intense...there's a brief expansion and intensity of the above notes which continue to repeat with each sip/swallow...warming, tingly, small bite of woodiness, again a sort of distilled cola note (very nice actually)...

will have to try the single ice cube suggested. but neat, this is crisp and balmy. this isn't a beachside rum, but sure could make some time in the sand and sun better. i prefer mountains in the winter. this will be just fine in our northern mid-atlantic winters ;) cheers

17th May 2015

Scotched Out

Normally drink high quality scotch, but have known to dabble in rums.

We had a party over the weekend. A friend brought this over to sample. I was very impressed. very smooth, very smokey goodness, even after 18 year old scotch. I will be looking to pick up a bottle. I don't believe you'll be disappointed.

3rd February 2015


I was really looking forward to this rum as a change from whisky. But while it has a decent nose and palate, I found the body to be extremely thin and water-like. Also, it was ridiculously alcoholic, almost as much as cheap vodka. I've tasted un-aged liquors at much higher proof which were less alcoholic. I certainly won't be buying again.

25th December 2014

The very best a dark rum can get !

I'm going to be keeping my eye on this one as I belive it is going to start to pick up awards. If you like Demerara rums then El Dorado 21 is the obvious choice and if you like molasses rums then with out any doubt at all Ron Zacapa is your rum. I'm almost certain if the Pirates of the carribiean star Cpt Jack Sparrow got his hands on this stuff then Disiney would have a very hard time trying to make the films indeed as he would never be sober. Rum at its very best ! 😉

17th December 2014


I have tried many 20+ y.o. rums and this is my standard. I always happily return to this sublime rum. It has converted several brandy and single-malt aficionados to enjoying the smooth and flavourful depths it offers. Amazing stuff!!

28th October 2014

A truly outstanding rum to savour and enjoy !

I love rum's but only dark rum and this is a rum that sets standards exstreamly high indeed. This has to be one of the best rums in the world and is dangerous in the sense of it been so nice you want more and you end up very drunk indeed. The amalgam of flavours is truly exceptional from the first sip to the very last it is a sensory over load and I highly recommend you all try this as this is at the pinnacle of dark rum's and the years of labour of love put into this tipple shows in the taste !.

4th October 2014


To start, rum is my favourite tipple. However, in South Africa we have very few rum choices (lot's of good brandy though). So the choices thus far is Capt Morgan (dark) and some Havana rum. So I tend to drink the Captain because I have a sweet toothe. This saturday I saw the Ron Zacapa 23 and altough it was 3 times more expensive, I bought it. It was brilliant, smooth and the best Rum i have tasted, it was really an enjoyable sip and well recommended.

23rd June 2014

Very very good but...

Went to buy a bottle at a Virginia ABC store after trying some in Vegas. $50 a pop here. The other reviews speak for themselves. However, I opted for the Zaya Gran Reserva for $35. it is an excellent alternative and just as good, maybe better. if you try it you won't be disappointed.

11th May 2014


If you can name me one single rum on this website that is cheaper and better, I'll be INCREDIBLY surprised. What is there that's better at ANY price point?? I prefer this to the XO because of it's extra "bite". Anyone saying this rum is overpriced is perhaps a little deluded, given the lengths that the producers go to in order to make this stuff...

This is an incredible, complex and yet perfectly accessible spirit. From the most hardened and cynical spirit buff, to the least experienced weekend drinker, this product scream quality, from the first sniff to the end of the lingering finish.

Oh, and an Old Fashioned with this is the finest drink known to man. Unbelievable.

As always, a few people always want to knock the one at the top of the pile!

29th March 2014

Nice but overpriced!

A nice rum with some great flavours just think the price is a bit steep for what you get. Better rums on this website for cheaper, price and taste.

22nd March 2014


Nothing Special.

27th January 2014


I tasted a sampler at a bar, and dreamed of this for 4 months before ordering a bottle. It's worth sitting down and taking quietly, so tell your friends to pipe down and listen to the flavour.

15th October 2013

Worth three times the price

I now have tasted what all the fuss is about.....perfect...real local HyVee grocery for $34.00

30th June 2013

Mack in San Diego

Better than the XO... This is a great one!!

29th June 2013

7 Star Luxury in a tropical bungalow. Made in heaven

The best rum ever tasted. Spicy, pleasuring and tropical. After tasting, enjoyable with vanilla cigars, choclate dipped cherries and banana slices are good partners. Angelic taste out of heaven.

10th May 2013

Rum of Rums

Absolute grandeur

3rd October 2012

The World's BEST RUM!

Incomparable to any other Rum out there. It's all about the depth of taste and no other Rum tastes like this. Deep, mellow, smooth and slightly sweet; to be sipped neat with absolutely no mixer and best with no ice or water. To be savoured and enjoyed - like all the best things in life!

2nd June 2012

Deliciously poised

Copper-tinged gold. Sweet, spicy nose. Caramel and fruit taste. Spicy, slightly fiery. Honey-cocoa-coconut finish. This is excellent stuff, and much more to my taste than the more expensive XO.

31st May 2012

Just can't get enough...

Absolutely fabulous rum, so smooth. 3 times the price of a bottle of bacardi but 10-15 times better! If you are looking to get in to rum a great bottle at a reasonable price for the quality.

Master of Malt, quick to communicate and dispatch which makes a real positive experience buying online.

2nd June 2011


this stuff is the nectar of the gods....a close second to ron zacapa xo....antoher good rum is ron varadero rum from cuba....smooth as silk

17th March 2010

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