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Zafra Master Reserve 21 is a premium rum distilled in Panama, at Las Cabras Distillery, by master blender Francisco "Don Pancho" Fernandez. The rum is made from molasses and aged in American bourbon barrels for at least 21 years.
I am still looking for my second 10. This is very good, and the price is very reasonable for such a fine rum. I can nearly get a 9 out of this, but a little too much burn for me. The finish is very tasty though. You can't go wrong with this choice. Worth a try and worth every cent.
This is nicely done! Smooth and delicate with a tiny burn and a mild sweetness. Perfect amount of bourbon flavor too.
Per the reviews on this site, I picked up a bottle for about 45 bucks. The initial feeling is smooth followed by a full tongue burn that nicely lingers after you are done with your sip. Nice mellow and balanced flavors. You can taste the bourbon notes. The first sip is really wonderful. A great bottle for those who appreciate aged rum.
Virkelig god rom. Overvejede et 10-tal. Interessant Duft af karamel og egetræ, som man også får i smagen. Den er ikke sød, men heller ikke tør. Varierende smagsnoter som gør man vil have mere, og smagende bliver hængende. En rom som sagtens kan konkurrere med rom til 700-1000 dkr.
Kan muligvis godt få et 10-tal ved ny smagning.
Now here's an oddball. First marketed as Panamanian, then it changed to - Trinidad. Anyhoo, the taste is just bland, sweet and off. Not my cup of tea - I wouldn't waste money on this.
Nice fruity nose, apricot. Really nice spicy bite that lingers with a great long finish. Walnuts and caramel, sweet but not overpowering. Doesn’t change much, figured it would be more complex, which doesn’t push it up to a 9. But nice for sweet folks who like zacapa XO.
Had higher expectations, simple and smooth rhum, with no clear character
Absolute perfection. It has the right balance of sweet and burn. I could just smell it for hours. I had a pour of it in the BVIs and having a hard time finding it. Not sure what a bottle cost but it’s worth it.
Rich, smooth, complex. Medium sweetness, bit of wood, citrus, molasses and liquorice. Top rum. An 8.5
To be honest, Panamian rum was not so much my preference, such as Abuelo 12 year and Malecon 12 year. Too strong dry plune or raisin like flover for me.
However, I saw this rum rating and I got this Panamian rum Zafra 21 year.
This has rich and deeply taste of butter caramel, chocolate, sweet tart and cask flover.
I'm satisfied. Thank you Panama !
Smells of sugared pecans, bananas and brown sugar. Flavor wise peppery upfront cooling to a nice smooth finish. No burn in the back end. Love this rum!
New to me, enjoyed this vastly. Taken me to a place.
This rum rocks. It reminds me of what zacapa 23 used to be. Nice sweetness but not too much. Has a wonderful woody finish. I tried it and went back to the store and bought a case. It had a raisin taste similar to an aged grape wine I enjoyed in Greece. I love this rum
Very smooth and not too sweet. Knew right off the bat when i smelled it, it was a good one.
Nice coloring and aroma. Initial taste is sweet and, unfortunately, that sweetness lingers which frowns out the mix of flavors. Not my favorite but a nice sipping rum.
Bester rum um den Preis. Single cask Dank grosser Produktionsmenge
Didn't like this at all, I was at a rum tasting and this was the biggest disappointment. Maybe the other barrel proof I had earlier didn't help this one at all, but I found it very sweet and that it was lacking depth in flavour, and for a 21 years that is a problem.
The aroma is very good, full-bodied, neither sweet nor dry. I think this is one of the best I have tasted, very rich on the tongue with many different flavors coming out. This will keep a spot in my bar.
My favorit rum. Very fair price. Great flavours. Just a 10 out of 10
Did a blind taste test with Zafra and Zacapa. Everyone chose Zafra. Not as sweet as Zacapa. It's got delicious woody notes. Big fan.
Has a good rounded natural flavor to it. Very enjoyable and different from some of the other rums that I have tried. Looking forward to trying the other rums that Zafra offers.
Tried this neat at a restaurant in PR and it was fantastic. Subtle vanilla and oak sweetness that reminded me a little of the better quality DR rums like Matusalem 18 and Brugal 1888. Excellent choice
First and foremost, a quality sipping rum without too much sweet or burn. Second, their is a hint of cinnamon that is interesting. Third, I agree for scotch or bourbon fans this is a good introduction to world of rum. Fourth, this is a 8 or 9 for most depending on the flavor profile you favor. End result: this is a quality rum to form a baseline. For example. You can then dial up the sweet e.g. Kirk and Sweeny 23. Or go any Mount Gay Premium for oak, etc. Since I like both up and down. I will start most my friends here and than serve up and down to let them figure out their preference. Of course they could stay right here in which case this rum is a 9. I got my bottle for $48.
I know many people who enjoy this rum and see the reviews of same. I found this raisiny and a bit hot. For a sipper I’d never sip. If you like old mono, dos Madeira’s etc you’ll enjoy this. Similar flavor profile.
This rum has exceptional Flavor with Oak on the nose and as the forward tasting note. There is a sweet honey note on the back end and just enough burn to let you know it is there. I have thoroughly enjoyed this one.