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Old 02-22-2010, 11:51 AM   #1
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Default Ron Zacapa Question

Has Ron Zacapa 23 always been a solera product? I just opened a new bottle & see it is labeled "Solera 23." The bottle I just finished is labeled "23 Anos." Have they changed their aging process or just their labeling? The 23 anos seems more smooth, but it's been open for quite some time - some of the alcohol may be gone. Thanks!!
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Old 02-22-2010, 01:26 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forums RAM. Zacapa Ron Centenario Reserva has gone through a few label changes in the past few years.

It is a blend for rums from 6 to 23 years old that are blended from rums that are blends of other aged and younger rums. There is a description of the process on the producer detail page on this site for Zacapa.

Zacapa Ron Centenario has always been a blended rum. The word solera is used loosely to describe the aging and blending process. While it isn't strictly the process used in Spain where the solera process originated it is a process where various rums are blended. There are number of different barrels used to make Zacapa and they are retoasted up to three times as they are reused which releases more of the sweet tannins in the wood that translate to more of the sweet vanilla flavors found in this and other aged rums.
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Old 02-22-2010, 06:35 PM   #3
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Thanks very much - this site is great.
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