Rum is the oldest spirit in the world, and it used to be so valuable that traders used to use rum as a currency in the 18th century. Although we might not be trading rum for wood, chickens, and jewelry as Jack Sparrow (sorry *Captain* Jack Sparrow) would have back in the day, we can certainly understand why rum was such a sought-after commodity.
If you are a rum drinker and want to learn more about the Ron Zacapa 23-year-old Rum, here is your ultimate guide to this classic rum, how it’s made, and how to drink it! So grab a glass of Ron Zacapa 23 Rum with a twist of orange rind and take your first sip as we begin our deep dive into this exquisite rum and what makes it so utterly delightful.
Ready to learn about Ron Zacapa 23 Rum? Here are ten facts you should know!
1. Guatemalan origins
This rum is from the small Central American country Guatemala. To pay homage to its Guatemalan routes, the rum bottle also uses a hand-woven band of string just like the Mayan tradition from 3,000 years ago.
2. Made with sugar cane
Most rums are made using molasses. However, in true ‘I am better than the rest’ fashion, the Ron Zacapa 23-year-old Rum is made from sugar cane. The sugar cane is from the Zacapa estate, hence the brand name!
3. Traditional aging process
The sugar cane is pressed into thicker honey before being transformed into the sweet liquor we know and love through a two-part process of fermentation and then distillation.
4. Off to the clouds!
As mentioned the sugar cane is used to make the rum. This process of heating the sugar cane into honey is done in the ‘House of Clouds’. The cold atmosphere in the distillery, which is 7,500 feet above sea level, helps with the aging process to give you that ‘oh so smooth’ taste.
5. Flavor notes
The Ron Zacapa 23 Rum holds a honey-caramel flavor with a sense of fruitiness. After these primary flavors, you also get oak, vanilla, dried fruit, and even licorice notes.
This rum has a notable sweet, long finish while taking your palette through various flavors from vanilla to coffee and smoke to honey. To finish the sip, try and linger on the subtle taste of marzipan in the Ron Zacapa 23 Rum.
7. How to drink Ron Zacapa 23 rum neat
All you need for the perfect glass of rum is a large ice cube and perhaps an orange twist.
8. Perfect mojito rum
Although this rum is fearless on its own, it also pairs well with lime, mint, and syrup in a zingy mojito cocktail!
9. Five times award-winner
Ron Zacapa 23 Rum has won the first prize at the international rum Festival five years running.
Additionally, it is the first luxury rum to feature in the international Rum Hall of Fame when it received a rating of 95. So when you drink Ron Zacapa 23 Rum you are practically dining with a celebrity of the rum world!
10. Rum can even prevent hair loss!
Ok, maybe we are scraping the rum barrel for this last fact but it is also a great fact to know when your Mrs is giving you a hard time when you reach for a third glass of rum.
In fact, people in the 19th century often used rum instead of shampoo to clean their heads and attempt to grow thicker, healthier hair. Although we think you may get a bit of an earful from your friends and family if you start keeping your rum in the shower so maybe just stick to drinking it for now!
Where to grab a bottle of Ron Zacapa 23 Rum
Although you can slog off to the store and grab a bottle of the Ron Zacapa 23 Rum in person, it is far more convenient to shop online and order a bottle of Ron Zacapa 23 Rum straight to your doorstep from the Rumkers online rum store.