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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.
An everyday to go to priceworthy and always pleasant rum.
Color: Light,copper color
Nose: Strong alcohol, raisins
Body: Whiskey like, oak, with rum ingredients - caramel
Tail: Smooth, medium-lasting
Bottle: Under average
I would recommend this one for someone who is a whiskey fan and want to try some rum. For me this is little bit similar to Pusser's 15yo, whiskey/rum cross.
This is a great rum, especially for its price point. I paid $60 for a bottle and am hard pressed to find anything close to it at that price. But let's ignore that for a minute. Zafra has a great nose with many of the intense rum notes you would expect in spades, caramel, molasses, vanilla, plantain. Wonderful color and smoothness. Be careful, it's easy to go through a bottle in no time.
I love the aroma of this rum and the flavor is quite unique. It seems almost buttery in nature. This has many excellent flavors to it. I will probably have to come back to amend my review. This is definitely a sipping rum. Albeit rated at 80 proof there is no burn to this rum...just a gentle embracing warmth that fades into a delightful aftertaste. Some sweetness to it...almost a kettlecorn flavor. Definitely recommended.
A wonderfully concise and smooth flavor make it a joy to sip from time to time, but the oak occasionally drowns out all else in this one keeping me from going back more often. A great value for the experience though.
And boy am I happy I did. Even though I have a little cold I can tell there is a lot of complexity to the rum that I will be able to fully enjoy once the cold has cleared up. Really opens up with a little breathing time.
Very different taste than what I usually have, but definitely not complaining! Very smooth rum. Great quality for the price.
Great and dark color! Dark but easy to drink. One of my favourite rum,top 5 compared to price
I'm still very new to the rum world but this is hands down the most complex, and smooth rums I have ever had. this rum will be hard to share. Goes very well with a good cigar.
This rum is as good as its billing. It is so smooth, the long barrel aging really comes up big. If you are starting an aged rum selection for your bar, this should be one of the staples to always have.
C'est un rhum de caractère, équilibré, boisé, fruits mûres, cuir et rien de tel qu'un sympathique cigare pour un pur moment de plaisir.
We have never found the way to each other - its good smelling and tasting but there is something what bothers me. But try it for sure, its not a bad choice.
Oak and wood in the nose.
Lots of oak on the tongue, then the brand. I like this kind of rum, but unfortunately after swallowing it down - there is nothing left in the palate. This means: one point less.
But still a very good sipping rum for every day after dinner.
A very nice rum,smooth, lovely nose. Not to sweet,with cocoa and christmas spices. A must have in the Premium Class
I'm continuing my journey into the world of rum and wow... I'm not sure I even know what to say about this, other than "incredible". Zacapa is still my first and I love it. But this... this may end up being a main favorite. I love everything about it. I don't think the oak is over-powering. It's an incredible balance that works perfectly.
I will be recommending this one highly.
This is one of the best rums out there that is fairly easy to find. The perfect balance between sweet and oak in my opinion, then again I'm a bourbon drinker. 21 years in oak for $40 is a steal.
Good, but it has too much harshness from oak. Sip able, but not for long. Drink it occasionally, but don't make it a regular.
une couleur ambre, un nez de fruit sec et de bois, des larmes bien épaisses malgré son degré d'alcool...ce rhum est un excellent digestif. Il ne possède pas un atout énorme mais il plaira vraiment au plus grand nombre par sa rondeur, une attaque franche, puis une belle douceur.
What a delight, smooth and balanced, notes of vanilla and black cherry leaves you wanting more.
notes boisées du fût de bourbon, de tabac et de cuir,
je l'apprécie malgré le petit retour de l'alcool, et malgré la faible résistance en bouche.
Première dégustation de ce Zafra dont la description me donnait bien envie.
Au nez c'est très agréable et plutôt fruité avec des notes de coco, orange et banane. Mais une fois en bouche c'est une autre histoire, l'attaque est plutôt franche et l'alcool se fait légèrement sentir (c'est pas forcément une mauvaise chose) pour révéler les notes boisées du fût, le tabac et le cuir. Le vieillissement en fût de bourbon se révèle assez évidemment. Les notes fruitée sont toujours présentes mais en arrière plan. La finale légèrement tannique est assez courte vu l'âge. Content de l'avoir dans mon bar mais pas sûr qu'il y revienne une fois terminé, il lui manque quelque chose, un peu plus de personnalité et d'équilibre sans doute. Mais on reste sur du très bon rhum avec une belle complexité à explorer. A tester et à retester pour voir ce qu'il peut raconter d'autre !
Nice smooth rum....a friend brought it to a campfire. Now I need to find it to but it
One of my favorite rums. Powerful, not to sweet. Buy it!
Just a little sweetness on the back of a light oaky bourbon finish. This rum is truly a hidden gem and WELL worth hunting down. A fabulous sipper, both neat and on the rocks (although ice does tame it a little). This is a rock solid staple in my liquor cabinet from now on!