The makers of Ron Zacapa 23 oversee every step of the creation of this cask-aged spirit:
- The type of oak, the spirit previously housed within, and the building process of the casks all contribute to the nuanced flavor profile.
- The location of the distillery, at an extremely high altitude, slows the aging process to allow the spirit to mingle with oak and fantastic flavors to develop.
- There are three stages of maturation which take place during the aging process, during which casks are rotated and placed at varying heights on the distillery floor.
EDUCATION RECAP AND TAKEAWAYS
Use this knowledge to experiment with ingredients in your cocktails that bring out all the different flavor notes we’ve discussed today.
Realize that you can treat Zacapa as a brown spirit, and not just a rum, and apply it to spaces traditionally reserved for whiskies and Cognacs.