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Old 07-23-2012, 03:20 PM   #31
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Bought myself a bottle of Ron Zacapa 23. ~$45 a bottle. 375mL, IIRC. Damn good sipper. Very distinct and smooth. MUCH better than the Appleton I've been clinging too.

May very well have to try some of the Mt Gay.

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Sounds like i have a shopping list for this evening.

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Old 07-23-2012, 06:25 PM   #33
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Bought myself a bottle of Ron Zacapa 23. ~$45 a bottle. 375mL, IIRC. Damn good sipper. Very distinct and smooth. MUCH better than the Appleton I've been clinging too.

May very well have to try some of the Mt Gay.
Skip the Mt Gay....If you like sipping go for Zaya 12 Gran Reserva.
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Skip the Mt Gay....If you like sipping go for Zaya 12 Gran Reserva.
Was on my list but not on the shelves. And, honestly, I had my reservations about the 23. It seems a common theme between spirits is that longer aged products tend to be less enjoyable than the younger offerings (especially in the context of Whiskeys).
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Appleton Estate Extra 12 Year Old

Cruzan silver or amber for mixing.

Ron Zacapa is on my list of ones to try, I haven't seen it on the shelves at my usual place.

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the only mt gay i'd really sip is the xo. others are great rums but work best in cocktails.

also they will be completely different from zacapa. zacapa is dangerously close to liqueur territory. i still like it though.

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Old 07-23-2012, 06:43 PM   #37
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zacapa is dangerously close to liqueur territory. i still like it though.
Not sure I follow you here. Do you say this in regards to density? I did not find the Zacapa to be any more or less syrupy than others. Definitely not the same density as a Chambord, DiSarrono, or TripleSec.

Or do you mean lack of dryness?

If this is the case, I may agree. It was NOT a dry drink. Not cloying either. Had a very distinct "cane like" twang too it at the end. Something I only recall from having raw cane drinks in Asia.
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Was on my list but not on the shelves. And, honestly, I had my reservations about the 23. It seems a common theme between spirits is that longer aged products tend to be less enjoyable than the younger offerings (especially in the context of Whiskeys).
Are you sure you have that right? Longer aged sprites tend to be much smoother and much better....Like the difference between a 12 year old Glenlivet and the 18 y/o Glenlivet are vast...the 18 is far superior
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Being originally from there, it warms my little Guatemalan heart to hear praise for Zacapa! I know I'm biased but I think it's the best and it's got 4 gold medals to its name.

I'll never forget when my dad gave me my first taste of it and said "Son don't you ever even dare think about putting Coke in this, I'll disown you". Most I'll do is a little squeeze of lime .

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Was on my list but not on the shelves. And, honestly, I had my reservations about the 23. It seems a common theme between spirits is that longer aged products tend to be less enjoyable than the younger offerings (especially in the context of Whiskeys).
I believe Zacapa has a 15 year as well. Their super premium XO is amazing, I save it for super special occasions.
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