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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.
I love this rum. It's a great sipping rum and has excellent notes of vanilla to it.
The taste is incredible and has such complexity and the longest finish I have experienced to date. Molasses and oakey spice smoothness. Yum
This is a grown up rum. I don’t get the whiskey references that others do, but I’m no a whiskey guy. However, upon letting it rest I get it. This is a rummy’s Rum though. And a darn good one.
One of the better sippers that still is afordable. Fancy and classy! Love it!
Had this is a small rum shop in geneva for first time. Like the oakiness as a sipper - pretty dry in the mouth, good rum for scotch drinkers. An excellent addition to the cabinet for variety over other 18-21 sippers...
Equilibrado, suave, cálido... todo lo que se puede esperar en un ron. Me sorprendió gratamente al tratase de un ron panameño, pero se ve que por allí están haciendo las cosas bien. Aromas a chocolate y naranja. Muy buen ron
This the rum that changed my perspective on drinking rum. After Zafra I realized I knew nothing of the potential of a great rum. Caramel notes with a dark amber color, smooth, great for sipping before or after dinner.
god i love this rum. it's got some great bourbon barrel spice, and its a beautiful aged rum. the sweetness is just right. i love it neat or iced. really tremendous.
Similar in taste to Zacapa 23 to me. Very good, easy to sip for people that arent into rums.
Se saborean los años en cada trago. Es ciertamente un manjar y sin dudas el Nr. 1 de Panamá. Dulzura exacta y un balance perfecto de madera y vainilla.
Due to the many reviews comparing this one to a bourbon, I was very hesitant to try it. Also, ever since finding out that Don Pancho was not the Master Distiller and that his name was only used to promote it, I was really turned off. His name is not even on my bottle, so that is very much telling.
I had planned on driving 40 miles to a well stocked rum bar to try it because I truly did not think that I would like it. However, between the dreaded thought of driving to the outskirts of a bad neighborhood and knowing that one just cannot judge a rum from one ounce at a bar, I picked up my own bottle this morning. Now if that first sip at a bar is terrible, then there is very little chance that the rest of the bottle will taste better.
This is a very dark rum that happens to be semi-dry with 15 gpl of added sugar (thanks to another reviewer for this info). The aroma is almost nothing. My first taste really impressed me, but later sips not so much, hence my rating of 7. I can't pinpoint the taste, but it is definitely not bourbon. If you want a rum that tastes a lot like bourbon, look no further than Porteno Solera 8 from Columbia. This Zafra is not even that close to a bourbon. All I can say is that this Zafra has a rich taste and after taste that is quite complex. I am glad that I bought this bottle, but at $49, my decision to buy another one will have to wait until this one finally gets finished off. It is good to know that it will last for more than 4 months due to it having less than 20 gpl of added sugar.
For those of you who like very strong and complex flavors to sip a few drops at a time neat, this one is for you. As for me, I have to enjoy it on the rocks to mellow things out. Mixing a rum that costs this much would be unthinkable.
My first rum ever. Sure to please. Smooth with a great aroma and not too sweet.
Just one of the best rums I have had. Sweet, but not too sweet.
Very smooth. Wish I could afford to always drink this
Cocoa and wood, a sign of good barrel maturation. Not harsh at all.
Caramel and coffee on the nose. A full mouth feel with a lot of flavor, coffee, oak, caramel, and just a bit of sweetness and a medium finish. Pairs well with a cigar or a good steak.
This is a great rum. Since it's not as expensive as some of the premium rums, it is a great bargain. It has a subtle sweetness but is very oaky - perhaps the closest match I can think of is Santa Teresa, but this is oakier.
Very smooth sipping rum, rivals most bourbons. A bit pricey but worth the investment for a quality Panama rum.
This has become my go to rum drink of choice. It is extremely smooth and flavorful. It makes me wonder what the 30 year on my shelf would taste like.
Overall this rum has a lot going for it. It is smooth and has good flavor. Not overly powerful up front, has very little lingering taste, and not very sweet. Good clean sipping rum and a good example of what an aged rum should be. it does however lack just a little depth and character to bring it to the next level. The bottle is too tall to fit in my liquor cabinet but I won't hold that against it. :)
Got in to Rum because of a Keto diet, and it's been a pain finding well-reviewed rum with LOW ADDED SUGAR! Most of the junk out there has tons of added sugar, so it's closer to drinking syrup than spirits.
This isn't. It's great. There's likely a hint of added sugar for flavor.. but each sip you get that age, the bourbon barrel. Excellent. Favorite rum yet.
Not as smooth as my favorite rums with burn of my favorite bourbons. If I wanted bourbon I wouldn't be drinking rum!
I tried this rum and it seemed very good, the presentation is not the best in my opinion for the quality of the content; it's a dark amber rum, with good smell and something complex, you can identify sweet, fruity, vanilla, some spices and slightly wood (oak) aromas; The taste is pleasant with sweet, citrus and spicy notes. Undoubtedly a very well made rum that is worth having.
Probé este ron y me pareció muy bueno, la presentación no es de lo mejor a mi parecer para la calidad del contenido; es un ron de color ámbar oscuro, con buen aroma y algo complejo, se puede identificar aromas dulces, frutados, vainilla, algunas especias y ligeramente madera (roble); el sabor es agradable con notas dulces, cítricas y especiadas. Sin dudas un ron muy bien hecho que vale la pena tenerlo.
As most rum lovers I’ve started my rum journey among the Spanish styled ron. Nowadays there are not more than around 15 left in my cabinet. The ones that still stand out are especially two brands from Panama, Zafra and Malecon. Can maybe depend on that “Don Pancho” has been involved in both. So Zafra 21 is still one of my favourites to a reasonable price. It’s complex, not extremely sweet, smooth, has rich flavours and a very nice afterburn. If it wasn’t for the Zafra 30 I should have given it a 10, but now I stop with a 9 till I have tasted my Zafra 30.