Ron Zacapa Centenario

Ron Zacapa Centenario is a premium rum produced in Guatemala[1] by Rum Creation and Products, a subsidiary of Industrias Licoreras de Guatemala, and distributed and marketed by Diageo. Zacapa Centenario was created in 1976 to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the foundation of Zacapa, a town in eastern Guatemala. It was the result of the blending, stabilization and maturing processes of long-aged rums by doctor and chemist named Alejandro Burgaleta.[2] Ron Zacapa is distinctive in that it is aged in a facility at an altitude with natural coolness which avoids evaporation resulting in a usually smooth product.

Ron Zacapa Centenario
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ManufacturerIndustrias Licoreras de Guatemala
Country of originGuatemala
WebsiteRon Zacapa website


Bottle of Ron Zacapa XO
Ron Zacapa Centenario 23

Zacapa is a small town in eastern Guatemala founded in 1876. The rum was named for its 100th anniversary in 1976 and the name Zacapa has meaning "on the river of grass" and it s coming from Aztec (Nahuatl) language.[3] Burgaleta also developed and created the rum Venado, another product of Industrias Licoreras de Guatemala. Early Zacapa bottles came in a bottle covered in a petate[4] – a handwoven matting made from palm leaves which dates from the Mayan period made in Esquipulas, near the borders with Honduras and El Salvador, by traditional hat artisans. More recently they feature a band around the middle of the bottle of Zacapa No. 23 Rum.[5] Ron Zacapa Centenario 23 used to be known as Ron Zacapa Centenario 23 Años. Its name changed due to the confusion it caused, as people thought it was a 23-year-old rum instead of a blend of rums between 6 and 23 years old.[6]


The rum won first place in the premium rums category 4 years in a row at the International Rum Festival 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001. It was the first rum to be included in the International Rum Festival's Hall of Fame.[7]


  1. ^ Sangster, Rob. Traveler's Tool Kit: Mexico and Central America. Menasha Ridge Press, 2008. ISBN 0-89732-984-8
  2. ^ "Zacapa Centenario Reserva 23 Años Copas Riedel (Guatemala)". Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  3. ^ Retrieved 2022-11-21. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Brand: Ron Zacapa". 27 September 2021.
  5. ^ Greenspan, Eliot (27 February 2007). Frommer's Guatemala. ISBN 9780470047309. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  6. ^ Kaarlas, Tatu. "Ron Zacapa Centenario 23 Rum Review".
  7. ^ Rum Zacapa. Polished Palate

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