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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.
Smart choice, this rum is perfect to start a night party! Smooth, balanced, nice vanilla notes, high complex bouquet.
The aroma that came from the bottle upon opening...wow! A touch on the sweet side but awesome: leather, slight wood smell and somewhere between dried plums & dried apricots (but I can't put my finger on it).
The viscosity of the liquid seems a little thicker than the average drink. Making it roll off your tongue in a smoother fashion.
As for the taste, spot on.
Is it a 9.... not for me but would definitely give it an 8.5
Well, I opened my bottle of Zafra and I can say that it is unique and enjoyable. The flavor is complex, and to me, it has an earthy and grassy flavor to it. The flavor remains consistent throughout the drink. Now I have to disclose some news that will hurt some folks feelings. I mix the rum with either Diet Dr. Pepper or Diet Coke, depending on which flavor I am looking for. I like starting one drink with Zafra to get that grassy flavor and then I have my second drink made with Clement 6 to give me that earthy - dirty flavor. I like them both and recommend them to your collection. Zafra is good for every 1 out of 6 or 7 drinks to prevent getting tired of it and appreciating it when you do want something GREAT, yet uniquely different. Cheers,
God sød rom, som ikke kommer i top, men et køb værd
Tasted. Nice rum. I can see why most of people like it. Rich wide taste, sweet mollase with distinctive nutty (wallnut, hazelnut) taste afterward. Sweet mollase vanilla smell. Very, very nice sipper.
Well, i bought only 1 bottle, didn't taste bad, but for that price I could buy a better one.
I bought a bottle when I was in Dubai airport a few years ago, and I remember I loved it. I can't get too in-depth here, as I can't remember everything, but I know it was smooth, really great rum. I was recently going through a bunch of old photos, and came across one I took of the bottle, which was a reminder to myself to be sure and buy it again, ha ha. I'm in Hawaii now, haven't seen it here, but I'm looking for it.
It has been difficult to find in Sweden, finally found it in Denmark. Smells simular to other quality rums. The taste is round bot not that sweet as I expected 5-6 in scale of 1-10. It becomes more complex wirh longer aftertaste after around 15-20 minutes in glass. The bottle mentoned by others is beutyful👍🏻🙏🏻
White oak after bourbon was a great choice. Very distinguished nose and mouth. This one doesnt bore you for a while
Vraiment un rhum smooth, si vous aimé le Santa Theresa 1796, vous allez adorer ce rhum.
Not bad. Not bad at all. Flavors of molasses at the front with a smooth finish. GAI.
Poutavá barva mědi, ve vůni dub, exotické ovoce/koření, tabák. Bylo mi ctí :-)
Very good rum, the group of friends enjoyed this bottle.
I liked sipping on this one. A great combo of sweetness and barrel flavor. Not bad at all if you can find it for $40.
Good stuff, a little fire on the front side when drinking it neat, tobacco, leather and dried fruits, lots of esters, tossed in a couple rocks and it mellowed nicely. Good high end rum well worth drinking.
One of the better choice, taste good but my I like sweet types.
Ce rhum est tres bon il m a rappele un zacapa 23 , mais avec un subtil gout herbace sur la fin.le caramel et la vanille dominent en bouche avec une tres legere note cafe a la fin .un rhum de qualite a recommande aux connaisseurs.mais il ne franchit pas 9 car il n entre pas dans la categorie exceptionnel comme opthimus 25 et 21 et quorhum 30.
Great sipper, smooth. This was good transition run from bourbon, given the oakiness.
In a market now dominated by high-art bottle shapes (and, hey, I'm a fan), don't let Zafra's simple bottle distract you. It's what's inside that counts, right? And there's a lot here for those rum drinkers whose taste bends toward whiskey.
At 21 years, this is the longest-aged rum I've tried (Ron Zacapa's 23 Year Solera a horse of a different color). As my palette matures, though, I'm starting to see this less as a numbers game and far more as the art of balance. Perhaps this rum will tip too far in the barrel-flavor direction for some people. Sadly, beyond its age, there's not much technical information out there on this rum, so we're left to sort that out on our own. I'm going to guess this rum sees significant bourbon-barrel aging - that soft/round bourbon character and long oak, with the attendant spiciness, is ever present. To me, the typical rum flavors diminish in this expression, though that's possibly a good thing these days with sweeter and sweeter rums dominating. Certainly, if you're coming from a whiskey background - especially you quality bourbon lovers - this profile is going to be a home run.
Overall, I'm giving this a high mark for thoughtfulness, and I recommend it to those looking for more barrel flavor and less abject sweetness. I suggest you look carefully for a bottle, though, prices seem to vary dramatically.
Never head of this rum until a guy at the Specs store showed me. He stated that this rum was great so I looked it up on here. I noticed the high rating and bought it. I loved the rum more then I liked diplomatico.
Finished the bottle yesterday :(
Dieser Rum gehört zu meinen absoluten favoriten, ganz tolle Vanille- und Karamellnoten. Kein vordergründig süsser Rum, aber trotzdem ein sehr weicher und milder Rum. Schmeck auch noch nach Holz, Eiche und Rosinen, perfekt ausbalancierter Geschmack.
Presentation is very nice. The aroma is higly appealing with very natural notes. The tastes are very real and strong. Nice buttery notes with excelent finished.
Very nice bottle of rum for the price. Really smooth and easy on the palate enjoyed this one a lot just happen to see it at a grocery store and pick it up. Highly recommended. One of the best Rum of Panama.
Un rum particolare che Sara farsi ricordare, dolce ma non troppo con un finale leggermente speziato. Consigliatissimo
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.