About Guatamalan SPIRITS

Alcoholic spirits in this Central American country are focused on the production of rum and aguardiente. There are various quality and price levels, with the aged añejo rums being the finest, offering notes of roasted nuts, cola and tropical spice. These are fine for mixing, but should be appreciated as sipping rums.
Top Picks for Guatemala
211020
Ron Zacapa
Rum XO
Bright bronze color. Delicate, buttery aromas of roasted nuts, toasted coconut, and chocolate figs and cherries with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long coffee gelato, wood spice, minerals, and pepper finish. A stylish, long aged sipping rum that will be great with cigars.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210866
Ron Zacapa
Rum "23"
Bright copper color. Delicate, attractive, roasted aromas of bbq spiced nuts and Mexican chocolate with a silky, lively, fruity medium body and a warming, charming, medium-length root beer float, brown spices, polished wood, and minerals finish. A delicious, sensual aged sipping rum.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219138
El Pasador de Oro
Rum XO
Brilliant dark amber color. Complex aromas and flavors of rose petals, chocolate caramel, cigar box, and pecan pie with a thick, lively, off-dry full body and a warming, very complex, endless caramelized oranges, English toffee, candied mango and lychee, and moist tobacco finish. Give your guests some "wow factor" with this elegantly brawny rum.
93 points $46.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218938
Malteco
Reserva del Fundadore 20 Year Old Rum
Dark copper color. Sweet, exotic aromas of hibiscus and vanilla cola, sweet caramel sauce, powdered sugar, and raisins in dulce de leche with a thick, soft, off-dry fat body and a smooth, gigantic, endless marshmallow creme, candied nuts, sweet hardough, and coconut curry with peanuts finish. A giant rum for sipping with cigars or rich cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab