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Old 08-15-2008, 07:13 PM   #1
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I just got given a bottle of Zacapa Solera Grand Reserve,Sistema Solera 23YO in a different box and with a different label. This comes in a rectangular shape box instead of the hexagonal box we usually get here for the 23 YO. Also the label is much different. They admit on the box that it is a solera blend of rum and that it is rums from 6 to 23 years old. This bottle was imported from the US, so is it a new package from Diageo or just a US version of the rum? Plus it's all in English. Please let me know what you guys think or know.
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Old 08-15-2008, 08:23 PM   #2
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This sounds like new packaging, although I have not seen it here yet. The blend has been changing over the last three years, and I wonder if this latest batch is changing still.
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It is a new package, rum is the same everywhere although the blend has allegedly changed from time to time. I too posted about this some time ago on my site when I first noticed the change in package. (Pics included in the thread).

I'm going to be doing a review of the rum in the new box and old box late this month.
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Fortunately, they both fill the glass the same.
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Old 08-18-2008, 11:35 AM   #5
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Bill,
you are absolutely right.
I just noticed on closer inspection that my older bottles in the hexagonal boxes have different labels aswell, one in English and one in Spanish, but like you say, it all tastes the same, and they make a good display on the rum shelf!!
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Fortunately, they both fill the glass the same.
No offense intended, but by that logic, one would drink only the cheapest rum, as all rums fill the glass the same. It is the perception when it leaves the glass that is telling.

We await Count Silvio's comparison.
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No offense intended, but by that logic, one would drink only the cheapest rum, as all rums fill the glass the same.
What!? You mean rums come in different prices? I thought the main difference was in the pouring speed. I've also noticed that the more rum I drink, the harder they are to pour.

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I have samples of the new Solera 23 on the way and I'll post a review when I return from Venezuela.
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No offense intended, but by that logic, one would drink only the cheapest rum, as all rums fill the glass the same. It is the perception when it leaves the glass that is telling.

We await Count Silvio's comparison.
And here is the comparison finally, all 1773 words of it. Scottes will also be pleased to see that I've finally managed to make the oxidation comparison he has been expecting me to do since 11-04-2007, 05:59 PM.

It took me a while to write this bloody thing, if you notice any factual errors let me know. Thanks to Edward for providing me with some intel.
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Count, a fine job! Outstandingly, well presented and informative. Thanks.
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