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Zaya Gran Reserva 12-Year rum

Zaya Gran Reserva Rum is a blend of rums distilled from molasses in a five column still, the rums are aged in white oak barrels for a up to 12 years.

Zaya rum was initially distilled by Industrias Licoreras de Guatemala in Guatemala. The brand was acquired in 2008 by Infinium Spirits and is now produced in Trinidad and distilled by Angostura.

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Posted 6 months ago by LegallySmelf from United States with 23 ratings

Notes of butterscotch and vanilla, but cheap candy versions predominate along with heavy clove spice flavors. It’s sweet and lacks subtlety.

Posted 6 months ago by gdtrfb from United States with 30 ratings

Ok, but tastes better when cut with ice/water. Heavy vanilla flavor overall. Rich, but look elsewhere if vanilla notes are not your thing.

Posted 7 months ago by Rummy from Canada with 2 ratings

You can really taste the vanilla and sugar. I’ve had worse. Not bad at this price

Posted 7 months ago by Arik from United States with 23 ratings

Line this up next to rums that are two to three times the price, do a blind pour, and have people you respect rank them. The Zaya will be in the running every time. I did this with Ron Zacapa XO, Appleton Estate 21, and Ron Abuelo Centuria. People picked Zaya in their top two and three. It never beat the Abuelo. The taste along with the price, elevates the rating for me.

Posted 8 months ago by Vicke from Sweden with 62 ratings

I like the taste of vanilla, caramel and others. A good rum but with some artificial tone.

Posted 8 months ago by Mujuru from United States with 35 ratings

This review is for the old formula which they have apparently changed - and unfortunately not for the better. The old formula comes in a bottle with a woven wicker sleeve, cursive writing, and a cork top. So if you find a bottle of Zaya with a wicker sleeve, get it; if it doesn’t have the wicker sleeve pass it over for now. This was my favorite rum until I tried Plantation XO. If you didn’t know any better and picked up a glass of this blindfolded you could be forgiven for thinking you were drinking a smoother more subtle version of vanilla cherry coke with a hint of oak. My only issue with it is the finish. Towards the end of a glass it leaves a slight pucker but it otherwise an outstanding rum. I have heard the new formula is not nearly as good and is overly sweet. This review is for the original formula which Zaya should return to, hopefully.

*Post edit: I tried the new variation and it is definitely sweeter but not overly so. I still find it delightful. The new variation I would rate a solid 7.9. Only slightly too sweet to be an 8 but still leagues better than most rums.

Posted 10 months ago by Takuyarum from Japan with 8 ratings


Posted 10 months ago by Marco Rubin from Switzerland with 37 ratings

Wenn es noch gehabt hätte, hätte ich auch einen gekauft, aber der Erich hat ihn mit weggekauft.

Posted 10 months ago by Nielf from Denmark with 119 ratings

En meget fint rom, men den kommer aldrig helt op at ringe.

Posted 10 months ago by Anders Ravn Jørgensen from Denmark with 86 ratings

Fin rom, dejlig sød som jeg kablede det. Lidt anderledes hvilket ikke gør noget. Ganske fin til prisen

Posted 11 months ago by Rick from United States with 8 ratings

If you want an alcoholic version of Vanilla Coke, try this one.

Posted 11 months ago by Chuck from United States with 1 rating

Amazing vanilla on the nose. Smooth going down but not very complex.

Posted at Hale Pele 12 months ago by Engwild from United States with 153 ratings

Finished the list with an old classic. Easy to find, cheap, but wonderful.

Posted 12 months ago by Adrian Adame (PREMIUM) from Czech Republic with 224 ratings

Velmi mne nadchl, nasládlý, voňavý, výborný, top, má své jisté místo v baru

Posted 12 months ago by Swervin_Kervin from United States with 44 ratings

This rum is great for mixing and the price. If you like sipping rums I guess this could work but I like it with a splash of mexican coke. It has added sugars and is a bit thick but it’s a great value rum.

Posted about 1 year ago by Tommycorr from United States with 12 ratings

A solid rum. But there are many others I’d spend my money on besides Zara.

Posted about 1 year ago by DonRON from Canada with 11 ratings

What i can say.... vanilla... vanilla... vanilla... spicy and sweet... sweet and rich....i like it ...i like it a lot.

Posted about 1 year ago by Frederick Lussier from Canada with 121 ratings

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.

Posted about 1 year ago by lonefalcon from United States with 18 ratings

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.

Posted about 1 year ago by Sylvain Lussier from Canada with 44 ratings

trop vanille, sucre brun, pas subtil comme saveur, doit être pris avec de la glace

Posted about 1 year ago by Reiwa from Japan with 136 ratings

The rating of this rum was very good, I bought this with hope, but it was not my style.

Posted about 1 year ago by Ernie Higgs from Canada with 19 ratings

A very good rum but almost too sweet and spicy. A must have for the cabinet but no longer my first choice.

Posted about 1 year ago by Alice.Hilaire from United States with 3 ratings

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.

Posted about 1 year ago by Jaybird from United States with 47 ratings

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.
Edit 9/25/19 - rating above is for old Guatemala rum. Recently tried the new Trinidad version. Not at all the same. Over sweet and artificial. No depth just sweet vanilla. Sadly this is giving rum the wrong reputation. I lower my rating for the new formula from a 6 to a 4. If you like real rum do not spend $30 on this.