In our church I noticed that once a year one group's activity is rum tasting. Well usually it turned out good since many people love to socialize and to know what rum do they like. I drink socially and so my hubby. One time we joined this activity with the invitation of one parishioner and we like it. Of course, we don't go there thinking we gonna get drunk, rather, that said event only showed us that a rum though they are made from sugar cane some are not just made from ordinary sugar cane alone just like Zacapa premium rum. I am very picky on what to drink I don't like a taste that is like woody or bitter. I like it to a bit sweet but not sweet like sugar. So then when I discovered that Zacapa premium dark rum passed my taste I didn't hesitate to talked to one of the member of the group. Actually, after I heard the history of this particular rum. I checked it on the internet and here is what I found out:
It all began in 1976 in Eastern Guatemala where the town of Zacapa celebrated its centenary and gave birth to one of the world's best tasting rums.
Further west, the terrain is perfectly suited to the cultivation of quality sugar cane. In fact, nowhere in the world could be better suited. For here in the rolling uplands of this green fertile landscape, acidic soils and prolonged periods of golden sunlight are the order of the day. The cane is grown here in volcanic soil, no less. However, unlike most rums which use molasses as their base, Zacapa uses only the concentrated first press of sugar cane, known as virgin sugar cane honey.
Then comes the ageing process,which takes place high up in the exquisitely beautiful Quetzaltenango highlands, 2,300 meters above sea level, where the cool mountain air slows the ageing process, creating a unique complexity of flavour. The House Above the Clouds is actually one of the world's highest ageing facilities, and the process employed here, a unique Sistema Solera, is based on a process originally devised by the Spaniards 500 years ago to age sherry. It involves each drop of Zacapa rum passing through several casks that previously housed American whiskey. Oloroso sherry and Pedro Ximenez wines. So each of these large vessels imparts its own inimitable character that helps give Zacapa its distinctive taste.
Isn't it nice to learn the history of this rum? I so love to hear this kind of history because as we/you sip it you think of those hands who pressed the sugar cane, the coolness of wind above the mountain, and the heat of the sun that glows like no end and beginning. ^_^ And so why not take a good look of this rum and if you are interested you can visit and register to their site at www.zacaparum.com There is not harm in trying and I'd tell you friends it's worth it ^_^ Cheers!!!