ZACAPA is one of the finest rums in the world. Produced in the verdant land of Guatemala, this ultra-premium rum is the result of a unique combination of soil, climate and natural materials brought together with skilled distillation and a special high altitude aging process. There are two varieties of Zacapa: delicate and complex Zacapa 23 and expressive and balanced Zacapa XO.
From the virgin sugar cane honey of the volcano-shadowed lowlands, to a unique ageing process which takes place in the 'House Above the Clouds' 2300 meters above sea level, each aspect of production takes place under the watchful eye of Master Blender Lorena Vasquez. A perfectionist at heart, passionate about rum and devoted to her craft, Lorena uses a unique Sistema Solera ageing process to produce Zacapa. Based on a centuries-old Spanish method of ageing sherries, rums of different ages are slowly blended in a sequence of barrels which previously held American whiskies, sweet sherries and fine Pedro Ximenez wines. For Zacapa XO, a final ageing stage occurs in French cognac barrels.
Inexorably linked to Guatemala's history and culture, the final touch in the production process are the iconic hand-woven petate bands that adorn each bottle and have been perfected by the Mayan people since 1400 BC. The petate bands, created by artisan women in Guatemala, are not only an embodiment of the craftsmanship that goes into Zacapa rum, but also an important connection to the brand's Guatemalan heritage and intrinsic connection to the community.