Thursday, August 20, 2009

Ron Zacapa XO

First off, let me mention that the Ron Zacap XO is not available where i live (Southern California). My sample was arranged for me by a very wonderful friend (previously referred to as 'the smuggler') who was aided by another friend- the Rumelier. Thanks guys, maybe next time Diageo will handle that (or whomever. . )!!

Zacapa XO is a rarified blend of rums aged in an intricate solera styled aging system (explained very well here. . . (this is in 3 Parts and all good), and here.) in a variety of barrels. The aromas begin elaborately and are quite resplendent--clean dried fruit (dates, sultana, fig, raisin, apricot, currant, apple), oaky vanilla, and a splendor of rich spice (allspice, nutmeg, clove and cinnamon), harmonized in a copious back drop of cane syrup or honey. To taste, it is dryer than suspected with a miscellany toasted wood and nut tones, that articulate into oolong or darjeeling on the back palate-- without sacrificing the dried fruit notes; it is, simply stated, recherché. The finish dawdles with dryish intricate wood tannin demonstrating toasty oak, cocoa, roasted nuts, vanilla and delicate spices. This is spendy, but worth it.

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The Ron Zacapa XO is now available in California-- we have it at Hi Time!!

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