Ron Centenario Fundacion XX 20y
Ron Centenario Fundacion XX 20y rums are made from sugar cane harvested in southern Guatemala, which is pressed into virgin sugar cane honey. The fermentation process (which takes approximately 5 days) uses a yeast strain (saccharomyces cerevisiae) isolated from pineapples to transform sugars within the cane honey into alcohol. After fermentation, the fermented ‘wine’ is distilled in a single continuous column. (A distillation by-product called vinasse which contains the fermented must, yeast, and other non-fermentable products which are rich in sugars and minerals is recycled and used to nourish and irrigate the Guatemalan sugar cane fields.)
After distillation, the Ron Centenario Fundacion XX 20y rum is transported to the ‘House above the Clouds’ in the Guatemalan mountains for maturation. Special cellars age the rum at an altitude of more than 7000 feet above sea level where the ambient temperature is much more stable and the oxygen levels are lower than at sea level.
The stable ambient temperature ensures that the aging barrels are subject to less differential air pressure between the outside and the inside of the barrel. This apparently lessens the effects of the oak allowing the flavor to develop at a more leisurely pace.
Ron Centenario Fundacion XX 20y rums are matured using a complicated process they call ‘Sistema Solero’. Ron Centenario Fundacion XX 20y is produced from rums which range in age from 5 years to 15 years. The barrels used for aging are a mixture of American Whisky casks, and Sherry and Pedro Ximenez wine barrels.
The combination of high-altitude aging and the variety of reused oak barrels creates a complex rum with a rich aroma and flavor. This rum is bottled at 40 % alcohol by volume, and available through duty-free trade (at major airports).
Ron Centenario Fundacion XX 20y is owned by Rum Creation and Products Inc. (RCP), which has signed a global distribution and joint marketing agreement with Diageo.
Ron Centenario Fundacion XX 20y the Bottle
The bottle presentation for the Ron Zacapa Centenario XO 15 is shown to the right. This is a 1000 ml bottle that is obtained at one of those Duty-Free stores at the Trinidad Airport.
The label seems to imply to many who see it, that the Ron Centenario Fundacion XX 20y rum within the bottle has been aged for 20 years (or at least an average of 15 years) which is certainly not the case. To be clear, this spirit contains a blend of rums aged between 5 and 20 years. If this spirit is a Canadian Whisky, an American Bourbon, or a Scottish Whisky, and it is to carry an age statement, it would be considered a 5-year-old spirit.
Leaving that mild rant aside the bottle is rather nice. The woven band of palm leaf which separates the top and bottom label is a nice touch, and it helps me to grip the bottle if it is cold and has condensation on the outside. The corked top is great
Ron Centenario Fundacion XX 20y In The Glass
Ron Centenario Fundacion XX 20y has a rich dark copper color, and when tilting the glass and giving it a bit of a twirl, the rum shows moderately thick legs which move slowly down the inside of the glass. The aroma which rises from the glass is full of rich brown sugar, dark tobacco, molasses, baking spices, and whiffs of chocolate.
As let the glass sit, seem to be able to distinguish spicy hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and vanilla as well as the Christmas-like scents of dark fruitcake and freshly broken nutshells. quite enjoy nosing the glass which seems to carry less sweetness, the lingering smells of deep dark brown sugar, wonderful baking spices, dark bittersweet chocolate, and broken walnuts.
Ron Centenario Fundacion XX 20y In Flavour
The first taste of the rum reveals the same characteristics which are apparent in the breezes above the glass. taste rich toffee and spicy tobacco, bittersweet cocoa, yummy fruitcake, dark caramel, and nice baking spices all mixed together with the flavor of walnuts. As the glass decants, begin to notice a firm yet pleasant oak presence within the rum. The oak flavor does not dominate, rather it seems to act as a complement to the overall flavor.
this Ron Centenario Fundacion XX 20y rum is indeed less sweet than the other Zacapa Rums. This is probably due to spending less overall time maturing in those Sherry and Pedro Ximenez wine barrels. Depending upon how sweet you prefer your rum to be, this toned-down version of Zacapa Rum may be preferred by a good many persons.
The exit for the rum is quite long and satisfying. The finish includes flavors of dark caramel (treacle), lightly pungent tobacco, spicy toffee, dry fruit in the form of raisins and currants, and ebbing flavors of cocoa and walnuts.
Ron Centenario Fundacion XX 20y last thought
the Ron Zacapa Centenario XO 15 much enjoyed sampling. Although not as smooth and supple as the Ron Centenario Fundacion XX 20y, and not quite as robust and flavourful as the Ron Centenario Fundacion XX 20y, this is still a spirit of top-notch quality. In fact, this slightly brasher, less sweet version of Zacapa will be preferred by many.
Not to be confused with Zacapa Centenario, this Fundacion 20yo is made by Centenario Internacional, who hail from Costa Rica. Sweet and easy-sipping, this is a rum of complexity and depth and is packaged in a rather fancy leather jacket.
Enjoy it with a great Cuban or New World Cigar!