About Guatamalan Spirits

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

Ron Zacapa Solera Gran Reserva XO Especial Rum
95 points
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of dark chocolate toffee, root beer float, mocha gelato, and banana bread with a satiny, bright, medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long finish evoking notes of spicy tropical fruit and cherry compote, baking spices, pepper, and maple. A rich and satisfying aged Rum that we be equally versatile neat, in cocktails or with cigars.
Ron Botran No.18 Reserva De La Familia Rum
94 points
Golden amber color. Roasted aromas and flavors of fresh coffee, butter roasted pecans, and overstepped tea with a soft, dryish medium body and a peppery, medium-length finish with elements of almond latte, pepper, and minerals. A soft, peppery Rum with nice coffee notes for toddies and bourbon cocktails.
Ron Zacapa Solera Gran Reserva Edición Negra Rum
93 points
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate toffee, dried tropical fruits, and cappuccino gelato with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, refreshing, medium-long finish displaying accents of delicate spices. A silky, appetizing aged Rum with great versatility.
93 points $75.99
Ron Zacapa Solera Gran Reserva No. 23 Rum
92 points
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of dill pickle, chocolate toffee and espresso bean, and toasted panettone with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long finish that exhibits notes of molasses roasted nuts, sweet baking spices, cola and sassafras floats, and blonde tobacco and minerals. A rich and poised well-aged Rum for sipping or cigars.
Ron Botran No.15 Gran Reserva Especial Rum
87 points
Bronze color. Nutty, fruity aromas and flavors of buttered caramel and raspberry nougat, lemon oil, citrus, vanilla extract, and coffee bean/french oak with an tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, involved, medium-long finish with shades of peanut brittle, nutmeg, and cinnamon roasted pecan. A good sipping or mixing Rum with a nice balance of fruit, spices, vanilla, and nuts.