Zacapa XO is an ultra-premium rum containing a blend of rums aged between 6 and 25 years old, with an extra ageing stage in French oak barrels that previously held cognac to reveal more dark cherry and spicy characteristics. Zacapa is made from only the sweetest first crush virgin sugar cane honey, rather than molasses, and is aged in a series of casks that previously held American Whiskies, Oloroso Sherry, Pedro Ximenez wines and cognac in a unique process called the Sistema Solera. The secret of Zacapa is the slow ageing process that takes place at high altitude (2,300m above sea level) in the cool air of the Guatemala highlands. This helps slow the ageing process, which creates the final balance between the aromas and flavours extracted during the long process. In January 2012, Zacapa was named one of the “World’s Top 100 Most Valuable Luxury Brands” by the World Luxury Association.
Hints of vanilla, honey, dried fruit on the nose, with vanilla and dark chocolate on the palate.
Best enjoyed neat in a luxury rocks glass with a heavy base.