The Reserva Limitada 2013, which is being launched into the UK this month, combines reserve rums aged between six and 24 years, providing a complex blend with incredible smoothness, an intense mahogany colour and ABV of 45%.
As part of the new series, vintage limited editions are expected to be released by Diageo each year with a different blend of rums hand selected by master blender Lorena Vasquez.
Using the Sistema Solera ageing process based on a centuries-old Spanish method of ageing sherries, Lorena blends rums of different ages in a sequence of barrels which previously held American whiskies, sweet sherries and Pedro Ximénez wines.
The complexity of Reserva Limitada 2013 is created in the final stage by ageing the rum for a second time in sherry and charred American white oak casks.
It has a silky mouth feel, with aromas of chocolate, roasted nuts, caramelised dried fruits, toffee, vanilla, raisins, wood and dry citrus notes on the nose. It is complex, soft and balanced on the palate with a long finish.
Nick Temperley, head of Diageo Reserve Brands for GB, said: “Ron Zacapa Reserva Limitada 2013 will excite rum enthusiasts and allow our customers to offer consumers an exceptional, unique blend, presented in ultra-premium packaging that reflects the authenticity of the product.
“Just 32,000 70cl bottles of this truly limited edition are available globally so we are particularly pleased to be able to offer an allocation to our UK customers.”
Ron Zacapa Reserva Limitada 2013 will be available at selected bars including The Artesian at London’s Langham hotel and the bars at London’s Connaught hotel.
A small allocation will also be available at-off trade stockists including Gerry’s Wines & Spirits, The Whisky Exchange and Selfridges at an expected recommended price of about £85 for a 70cl bottle.
Like all Zacapa rums, Reserva Limitada is made from the sugar canes of the volcano-shadowed Guatemalan lowlands of Guatemala, with an ageing process that takes place above the clouds at 2,300 metres above sea level.