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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 Originally made in Guatemala, Zaya Gran Reserva is now produced in Trinidad."
I like the sweetness, but since I'm not a whiskey/ bourbon fan, this rum isn't a favorite.
Zaya is a nice smooth sipping rum. It may be a little sweet for some but it is not over the top in sweetness. It is silky smooth and has little afterburn. This lack of a bite may be pleasant to some but others may judge it as a rum that is missing some kick. I can see it's score vary but I really like it
Artificial vanilla, the rest was quite thin considering it is 12 year.
The more rum I drink the more I find my regard for Zaya diminishing. It has a nice color, and nice (if sticky) legs that I associate with added sweets. It smells like cookies in the oven. It tastes of caramel and lingers sweetly. And lingers some more. It’s priced right and they threw a couple of sipping glasses.
I try a lot of rums and keep going back to Zaya for its sweet and complex flavor at a reasonable price. 12 years old and less than $30 is a bargain!
First rum with this app. A smokey taste, with a hint of vanilla. Good straight up, or on the rocks. Excellent for sipping.
Goût de vanille et caramel. Facile à boire. Je n'ai pas goûté l'ancien Zaya du Guatemala pour le comparer au Zaya du Trinidad Tobago.
Pas disponible à la SAQ, j’ai découvert ce rhum sur les tablettes du LCBO, pour approximativement $75 CAD. Pour le même prix, vous pouvez acheterune bonne bouteiile de Planatation Barbados 20 ans, Zacapa 23 ans et Diplomatico Reserva Exclusivia ( celui est moins cher et meilleur que le Zaya). Pour presque la moitiė du prix, Eldorado 12 ans est un milleur rapport qualité/prix.
To me, this rum is very high quality at this price point. Not necessarily the absolute best option, but a very solid option. It's pretty smooth drinking and has some really great flavor. There is a bit of afterburn, but it is not unbearable.
Nice vanilla & molasses aroma but was a little disappointed with the taste. A touch harsher on the palate than i was expecting & the vanilla came across as almost extract-y. Not terrible but have had much better.
My go to when I want to sip a rum with little commitment to a second drink. Sweet enough for an after-dinner drink, smooth with sweet molasses and cocoa lingers in the pallet
Be aware: I'm rating the new version of Zaya rum. 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 artifica, 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.
Very smooth, not overly sweet. It tastes like its spiced though which is a slight turn-off.
A very sweet rum with strong flavours of banana make sit taste like desert. It’s not bad but it’s not for me.
Har bara provsmakat denna som är från Guatemala med petate. Herregud vilken gudomlig Rom. Väldigt söt men smooth som babyrumpa utan någon brännande känsla i munnen. Smak och doft av massor vanilj, karamell, kokos och banan. Skulle jag hitta originalet från Guatemala skulle jag köpt alla flaskor.
Great rum, smooth with some carmel and molasses flavor. Excellent in Cuba libre!
Zaya Gran Reserva !! Quick review:
I'm just gonna start by saying I really love this rum. I may be biased as blends seem to be my favorite but it's still really exceptional stuff. Very inexpensive. Zaya is a blend of rums sourced from Trinidad and Tobago. Double distilled from raw sugar cane and aged in bourbon and whisky barrels for a minimum of 12 years.
On the nose- wood, vanilla, molasses, tropicle fruit and oak. Also pick up a tiny bit of leather but that could just be me.
First sip- very smooth with a very pleasant tingle on the palate. There's a lot going on but mostly just sweet and smokey. You get vanilla, maple syrup, cherries, smoke, tobacco and lots of oak on the finish. The tingle hangs out for a while at the end which is oddly satisfying.
The sweet haters are gonna hate but at $30 American, this is a solid 8/10 in my book. Price, nose, taste and finish.. It's all there. Go get some. it's pretty easy to find!
Muy bueno en términos de un Ron del lado dulce.
Mejora muy bien con la oxidación
It's pleasant enough although maybe over sweet with a bitter end. Lots of caramel and sugar on the nose and a vanilla kick in the background. Here is the nub - at this price point, I would never choose this one ahead of many other rums. For me, it just hasn't got the complexity of an El Dorado, to name but one.
Used to be good, was twelve years old now a blend of twelve different Rums. Same premium price. If you like this jut go to you local gas station and fill up a jerrycan it will taste better
After reading a post on the discussion board about how Zaya has become undrinkable swill under new ownership, I finally opened a bottle I had picked up last year while on vacation at what I thought was a great price of $25.
i have to say I agree 100% with the guy who made that post. This stuff basically tastes like vanilla extract. I found an unopened bottle stashed in my cellar of the old stuff with real palm leaf wrap around the neck, and though it is a sugar bomb it at least tastes good. The new stuff either has a paper wrap around the neck or a metal screw top and collar. My newer bottle has the metal, but according to the guy who wrote the post the paper wrapped bottles are terrible too.
I have heard this rum was awesome back in the days it was from Guatemala, unfortunately that was before I got interested in rum. The garbage stuff says "a blend of 12 rums" in the little round label on the bottle instead of "aged 12 years" on the older bottles. Classic bait and switch, avoid the newer bottles. I wouldn't buy this again at any price.
They changed their brewing. Do not buy. Only buy the old stock. The old stock has a wicker cover on the top and is not a screw cab
Zaya is hands down the smoothest rum I have tried so far. It is full of flavor but is not over bearing throughout its flavor range . This rum is a must have for the collection.
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