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Old 07-04-2010, 03:17 PM   #1
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I searched a bit but didn't find a direct clarification on this.

When a rum is labeled as solera does that designation indicate the average age of the rums or the age of the oldest rum in the blend?
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Old 07-04-2010, 03:42 PM   #2
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Either.

Neither.

Depends.
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Old 07-04-2010, 03:46 PM   #3
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Either.

Neither.

Depends.
Really? Guess that explains why I didn't find any clarification.

Does it just indicate that the rums are blended with rums of different ages? If so then what use is the age statement on a bottle of rum - like Zacapa 23?
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I was under the impression that Solera was a method of blending different aged rums and really is seperate from the "age statement". I suspect the age statement will vary depending on rules within a specific country, how the statement is legally worded and how much the marketing department is allowed to exagerate.
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Zacapa 23 is a blend of rums from 6 to 23 years old. The best way to learn about the solera method is to search sherry websites. It is usually explained clearly there. But to keep it very simple the oldest rums are in the bottom of a stack of barrels which are topped up by rum from younger barrels stacked on top in a pyramid, when the rum is pulled from the oldest barrels it is filled up with rum from the younger rum from above. I go to Oliver and Oliver on Wednesday who use this process for Matusalem, Atlantico and Vizcaya, Cubaney and Optimus amongst others.
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Thanks for the info everyone.
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So in Zacapa's case, the 23 labeling would suggest the oldest rum used in the blend.

Are there different cases with other rum companies? Based on a decent description on Wikipedia, ''It is unclear whether (...) age indications denotes the average age, or the age of the oldest batch.'' This was in reference that wine cannot have a vintage year using this process, but they could use age statements for marketing purposes.
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