Episode 87

Published on:

21st Jan 2022

Episode 87: Zacapa Rum

Episode 87 features Zacapa Rum, full name of Ron Zacapa Centenario Sistema Solera 23. Hailing from Guatemala, this special rum is aged between 6 and 23 years using a solera system, and bottled in 750ml at 40% ABV, or 80 and it retails for $45.

Enjoy this episode with a pour of Zacapa neat.

Zacapa's official website: https://www.zacaparum.com/

Brief Historical Timeline:

  • 1940s - Four Guatemalan liquor producers join forces to form Industrias Licoreras de Guatemala
  • 1960s - Dr. Alejandro Burgaleta begins working in quality control for Industrias Licoreras de Guatemala
  • 1970s - A "diligent" auditor writes off old spirits stock and suggests they be dumped in the river
  • 1976 - Zacapa is launched to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the town of Zacapa
  • 1980s - Lorena Vásquez, current Master Blender, joins Zacapa
  • 2004 - The bottle design is changed to feature only a band of Petate weaving
  • 2008 - Diageo enters into a 3 year distribution and joint marketing deal with an option to purchase a 50% stake in the brand
  • 2011 - Diageo buys a 50% stake in Zacapa for a rumored $100 Million
  • 2015 - Packaging is further refined to the current version

Key Cocktails:

Just drink it neat, one large cube of ice if you must.


Diageo Bar Academy Listing

History of Zacapa's Founder and Genesis of the Rum (Spanish language and requires free account)

Olive Magazine Article

What You Need to Know About Ron Zacapa

Evolution of the Packaging

VinePair Article on Zacapa

House Above The Clouds Article

Wikipedia Article on Zacapa

Diageo Signs Distribution Deal

Diageo Buys 50% of Zacapa

Force Majeure Project Listing for Zacapa Redesign

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Liquor and Liqueur Connoisseur
Podcast dedicated to drinking, discussing, and discovering the world of distilled spirits.
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Built on the premise of drinking, discussing, and discovering the world of distilled spirits, each episode features consistent tastings and much more. The featured spirit's backstory is covered, including history of production, marketing, availability, notable events for the spirit, as well as personal stories on enjoyment.

This podcast features new episodes at least weekly, and is the work of host Matt Birchard, who created the podcast as a way to keep a new year's resolution to himself - which was to drink more!

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I'm a fan of distilled spirits, and marketer by trade. Native of Portland, Oregon, USA.