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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.
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.
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 delicious. Subtle vanilla and oak sweetness that reminded me a little of the better quality DR rums like Matusalem 18 and Brugal 1888. Solid choice, wish it was cheaper.
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.
Rhum complexe et envoûtant. Assez doux mais puissant.
Very enjoyable sipper with slight sweetness. Makes an absolutely killer rum old fashioned as well!
First time trying this rum. It had deep rich flavor with a mellow finish
An everyday to go to priceworthy and always pleasant rum.
I find Zafra 21 to be my favorite sipper. Not too sweet, really nice aftertaste. No burn, no metallic feel to it and a fair enough price. Is it worth almost twice the price as the Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva? I'm on the line, but I think I would miss it if I didn't have it.
My favorite out of my 86 different rums, some costing twice as much.
True pirate rum! Aged nicely, strong and full of flavor. Sweetish, and aromatic. Hints of wood, vanilla. Stays with you for a while. A bit of danish navy stile.
Found it in Akurat bar, Stockholm, 2019
Vůně: intenzivní příjemná vůně, mandle
Chuť: štiplavá po nadechnutí velmi jemný, s chutí po ořechách
I was disappointed. Average tasting, not good with the first sip but then you can discover the nice taste of nut.
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.