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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.
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.
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.
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.