Ron Zacapa Centenario 15 Años

Zacapa 15 Años

Product of:  Guatemala
Aged:  Solera blend of rums aged up to 15 Years
Price: $44
Alcohol:
 40% ABV
Context:
Premium Aged Rum
RG Rating:  8

Tasting Notes 
Zacapa  Centenario 15  Años Rum displays a medium-dark amber in color due to its extended aging in oak casks.  A complex aromatic bouquet is discovered including vanilla, raisins, brown sugar, honey, with less pronounced mild clove, a slight paraffin and dry tobacco wafts in the air. The first taste introduces a silky smooth medium body. Flavors spread quickly over the tongue and palate bringing a velvety sweet and slightly warming sensation. Flavors found are buttery vanilla, citrus, oak, subdued white pepper, and a praline cheesecake-like sensation.   The finale is smooth and sweet, reinforcing the overall taste with a
 lingering sweet finish. 

Anecdotes 
Zacapa Centenario 15 Años is made from extracted juice from sugarcane which possesses a sugar concentration of 70%-78% after evaporating the water. As a comparison, the sugar content of Molasses is about 5%. It’s distilled and stored for long term aging in its special cellar infrastructure which is one of the largest in the Americas. These special cellars where light, temperature, humidly, and even sound is controlled, results in very controlled environment where much less evaporation loss occurs (poor angles). Guatemalan rums are called “high rums” as they aged at an altitude of 7600 feet in white oak barrels. The bottle is identical to its older sibling with the trademark woven palm leaf ring around the mid-section. 

Opinion 
Ron Zacapa 15 Años is an excellent rum, despite the fact that it is overshadowed by its slightly older siblings.  It has become difficult to find in the USA outside of a few duty free shops.  My advice is to purchase Zacapa 15 Años every time you uncover it, lest another great rum slips away.

Reviewed: December 2009 at the Rum Gallery, USA.

© Dave Russell 2017