Keynote : Wonderfully intricate with honeyed butterscotch, spiced oak and raisin fruit, showcasing the complexity of the sistema solera aging.
Appearance : light mahogany, with the tones of long barrel aging at the rim and long, slow legs clinging to the glass.
In the highlands of Quetzaltenango, 2300m above sea level, lies The House Above the Clouds.
This stunning location – one of the highest ageing facilities in the world – is where Zacapa Rum slowly develops its complex flavour and character over time.
Here in the mountains, the cool temperature slows the ageing process, while the thinner air and lower atmospheric pressure helps intensify the infusion of flavours from the barrels.
Only in this precise spot can Zacapa’s exceptionally deep aroma, full colour and rich palate emerge to reach perfection.
Once the barrels of distilled Zacapa are in place at The House Above the Clouds, it’s time to start the complex, finely balanced ageing process.
We use a unique Sistema Solera, based on a Spanish tradition developed over 500 years ago to age sherry.
Our Sistema Solera involves blending rums of various ages in casks that once held robust American whiskey, delicate sherry and fine Pedro Ximenez wines.