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Zaya Gran Reserva Rum is a blend of 12 rums sourced from Trinidad and Tobago. Double-distilled from pure sugar cane in copper pot stills, the rums are aged in whiskey and bourbon oak barriques (225-liter barrels) for a up to 12 years.
Zaya rum is distilled by Industrias Licoreras de Guatemala. Originally made in Guatemala, Zaya Gran Reserva is now produced in Trinidad."
What i can say.... vanilla... vanilla... vanilla... spicy and sweet... sweet and rich....i like it ...i like it a lot.
Pour les débutants, mais pas pour les amateurs de rhum. Facile a boire avec des arômes de vanille très prononcée. Rhum foncée assez rond et parfumé. Beaucoup trop sucré.
This is a commonly seen rum in local bars, so I decided to give a bottle a shot. I ended up using this exclusively as a mixer, and not my favorite at that. There are other rums out there for the same price which are much tastier in either situation.
trop vanille, sucre brun, pas subtil comme saveur, doit être pris avec de la glace
The rating of this rum was very good, I bought this with hope, but it was not my style.
A very good rum but almost too sweet and spicy. A must have for the cabinet but no longer my first choice.
The sugar cane in this is gorgeously developed, I love every sip of this. I prefer this rum neat most often than not, it is so smooth and bold with age that it should really be meant with nothing added to it.
Ratings are all over the board on this one. It really depends on your taste. Sweet cane nose. Very sweet flavor with hints of caramel and vanilla. Not terribly complex but not at all as bad as some of the ratings make it out to be. I think this is more of a middle of the road rum. Not world class but definitely not swill. Warming approaching hot. Slightly bitter finish but not unpleasent. A decent sipper if you really like it sweet and simple but it would be much better served with cocktails wanting a fuller bodied sweet rum.
Too sweet and this for my taste. I had it to sip at a celebration but was not impressed.
After opening the bottle, I was immediately assaulted by a strong smell of imitation vanilla extract. My wife was observing and immediately asked " Do I need to go and buy something else?" without me even saying a word. Despite my better judgement, I poured a taste. The first thought that came to mind was "Why did I put this in my mouth?" I struggled through another sip. I did get the lightest hint of oak, but then an annoying astringency on the back of the tongue. This is now going to my mixer well.
If this is the same rum everyone else tried. I have a couple bottles from a few years old to a couple years old. I like this rum. It is sweet and flavorful but an enjoyable supper with a little burn. Rum forward. Sweet. Vanilla and spice in the middle. Not my favorite but an enjoyable sipper to Gabe in the mix.
Had a glass of this and I enjoyed it. One of the better glasses of rum I've been able to get at a restaurant or bar. Good flavor to it without the overpowering taste that you usually get from a bar/restaurant rum. Not up there with a Kirk and Sweeny, but definitely a good rum
Thought it lacked the depth of a truly great rum of a higher rating
Vona velmi prijemna, sladka, citit hrozienka, melasu, vanilku. Chut zodpoveda voni, je to sladsi rum, chut v celku plna a vyvazena, ale... s cenovkou okolo 50€ by sa urcite dali najst aj lepsie volby - El Dorado 15, Millonario 15, Centenario 20, Plantation XO - vsetky lacnejsie ako Zaya 12.
This is as slightly sophisticated, as the bottle is appealing. A reasonably priced rum for a pleasant mix. The vanilla and caramel notes finish well on the tongue. However, if you’re looking for “authentic” rum flavors, the artificial notes might turn your nose - personally, they don’t offend me. Bring on the flavor!
A very good rum for the price, but still prefer Diplomatico.
I have tried many Rums and Zaya is by far the best rum in my opinion. I still like drinking many others but the flavour and aroma of Zaya is amazing straight or with mix. I would recommend it to anyone.
Smooth, sweet, powerful. Beautiful color. Perfect to drink on the rocks.
I like rum, but this is not a rum. Dominating Artificial vanilla taste, very thin overall, zero complexity. 35 USD down the drain (poured the whole bottle - 2oz into kitchen sink).
Bottle bought: Jan 19, 2019.
This is similar to Zafra but too sweet for me, so tough to say it’s not good cause it is, but only if you prefer a sweeter rum, everything else is pretty solid (smoothness, taste, finish, etc)
This rum has changed ... the new version with the screw on cap is revolting. Zaya should be Ashamed and Embarrassed to even put their name on this artificial crap. The aroma has an intensely chemical vanilla nature with an unpleasant overtone of aftershave. The taste is consistent with the aroma, and is cloyingly, sickly sweet. I like vanilla, but not this artificial, chemical-tasting vanilla. This product is truly horrible. You may think I'm exaggerating or being overly dramatic, but no. With absolute sincerity, I can tell you, this product is truly horrible.
This rum is smooth, nice aroma. For the price it’s a steal.
One of the better sippers that still is afordable. Fancy and classy! Love it!
Review by Chris Carlsson of Spirits Review
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