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Old 12-23-2007, 10:30 PM   #1
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Default Bottlings of Ron Zacapa 23

I've run across three different packagings of RZ 23. Is there a way to determine the year they were bottled.

1)plain bottle with woven palm leaves around the neck
2)plain bottle with woven palm leaves around the neck in a six sided box
3)completely wraped in woven palm leaves

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Old 12-24-2007, 12:32 AM   #2
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I've run across three different packagings of RZ 23. Is there a way to determine the year they were bottled.

1)plain bottle with woven palm leaves around the neck
2)plain bottle with woven palm leaves around the neck in a six sided box
3)completely wrapped in woven palm leaves

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#3 was bottled before 2005 which is about the time the bottle weaving was changed.

#2 and #1 were bottled in 2005 or later. The box was introduced in come markets but I can't give you a better idea of the year. I'll see if the importer can give me more information.

*The new bottle was gradually introduced so the date is approximate.
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Old 12-24-2007, 01:19 AM   #3
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I wonder how it is I found 2 bottles that were bottled before 2005 mixed in with the newer ones? Hey, I'm not complaining, maybe somebody at the store wanted to wish a merry christmas. Was this a good score or is it all the same.

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Old 12-24-2007, 10:55 AM   #4
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I have still another. This one has a small band woven around the center.
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I was drinking some Zaya Grand Reserva when I made the original post, which has the palm leaves around the neck. The RZ 23 has them around the base. Wonder why I made that mistake. By the way, the Zaya is excellent.

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Old 12-24-2007, 12:48 PM   #6
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I believe there are / were Zacapa bottles with the weaved palm leaves in a thin band around the neck (similar to Zaya).
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I wondered about the original post in this thread. To my knowledge Zacapa has only been bottled in two bottles to this date. The earlier bottling was covered in woven palm. The later bottling has a band of woven palm around the middle of the bottle.

Zaya, from the same distillery, has a smaller woven band around the neck of the bottle.

I'd look for the earlier bottling of Zacapa if I had a choice.
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Old 12-24-2007, 04:08 PM   #8
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Yes, I did make a mistake in my original post. The zacapa has the band approx. 2/3 the way down. Guess I had my mind on the Zaya at the time. I believe they are bottled at the same place?


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Here's a link to a picture of the newer bottle. And here's the older bottle.

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Old 12-24-2007, 05:28 PM   #10
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I have a question. Around the time of the switch, I found subtle changes in this rum. I guess I'm finicky but I thought the older bottles I owned were better. I have a bottle of the completely wrapped in leaf - (like the photo of the old bottle Ed has displayed), but the contents tastes like newer bottles IMHO. I figure I got that one in the transition period and it's just a bottle that spans the cross-over.

Anyway, my question is did Zacapa bottles always have that air-lock top feature thingy (reminiscent of Cuban bottles)??? I was was pretty sure I went through a couple of bottles that did not have the crazy pour mechanism on the top. Is that reflective of different bottling, a fluke, or me having too much rum and possibly hallucinating?

EDIT: One other thing I meant to to include. Wasn't the wording altered as well. I believe it use to imply that it was a blend of rum up to 23 years in age but now it appears to be worded in a way that suggests that the rum is 23 (or more) years old.

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