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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 Originally made in Guatemala, Zaya Gran Reserva is now produced in Trinidad."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 went with this with a sales person's recommendation. Others mainly noted vanilla, caramel, and sweetness. I just tasted smoke. Not my favorite, and definitely not worth 30.
A little pricey but very enjoyable as a smooth sweet sipper
It's my go to rum, not too rich or too sweet, for me just right.
Not a bad 12 yo rum for the money. Never hesitate to recommend this rum to freinds & family.
Good entry level aged rum for the money
Velmi milé překvapení jaký rum se dá pořídit za tak hezkou cenu. Trofam si říct že je snad i lepší než Zacapa.
Nice sipping rum and good with cola. This rum is one of my go to rums.
This matches a $75 bottle and 20 year rum. I’ve had rum from all over the world and still come back to zaya.
A nice aroma of spice, vanilla, and oak. The taste is sweet but still has an alcohol bite. Overall a very good rum
very happy to have given this a chance, here's why : the flavour profile is very pronounced just upon opening the bottle, strong giveaways of caramel and vanilla, upon tasting these notes of vanilla are the most pronounced flavours, followed by caramel flavour, the finish is not as smooth as one might expect, but a must have if your serious about having a few bottles
It was ok . dont know what else to say. light brown colour. hope this is 50 letters
Very good rum. Not such good like Centenario fundacion but still very good.
I got it as gift, it´s a great aged rum, however I think the 40% alcohol is too much for rums taste, but the masters achieved to combine in this TT´s rum the flavour, colour and best aromas like ours cuban rums.
I recommend it!
Very smooth with no burn toward the back. The aroma was absolutely awesome. I believe this is a great sipping rum. Doesn't have the character of Zacapa or Kirk &
Den er meget frugtagtig og sød. har lidt kant som jeg godt kan lide, men en rom til en fest og så har man prøvet den.
Good introductory rum for rum on the rocks... Lots of depth of flavors. On the sweet side, started a search for high end rums for me.
Quality sipper...like molasses better than cane sugar personally though.
Silky smooth, buttery caramel with a delicious woody finish packed with vanilla. This is definitely a sweeter/dessert run, but there is a decent leave of complexity here too. Really fantastic for the price.
We enjoyed the original parent of this much less deserving offspring...We are so sad. The original Zaya was from Guatemala, but due to Zaya losing out regarding distribution rights to another Solera Method rum company (which I will not mentioned, but it is way overpriced and not nearly as good as Guatemalan Zaya was), at last the demise of what Zaya truly was, a world-class rum. My husband and I have tried many many rums, and the original Guatemalan Zaya was in a class of it's own--flavor, richness, smoothness, subtle bouquet that came out all along the palate from start to finish and with a delectable balance...oh we so miss those days. Anyone here who may remember the original Zaya absolutely knows what I'm describing. Our crisis with Zaya's change began suddenly we noticed a distinct change in flavor with an unbalanced forward sweet (too sweet) and vanilla flavor, like it was artificially flavored or something. My husband also started getting headaches from it. We finally noticed the color change with the Trinidad version being darker, and also it was not nearly as smooth as the Guatemalan version. Lastly, it had a new "paraffin-ish" off-putting mouthfeel too. We stopped drinking it and then went on an exhaustive search for our beloved original Guatemalan Zaya, but everyone else who also knew about the switch had already bought out all remaining stocks; everywhere!. As luck would have it, we just happened to find a bottle of the original Zaya at a total dive liquor store. It was sitting way back on the self in it's own location without anything else around, almost like it was going to be discarded; and it had accumulated a copious amount of dust from sitting there so long. We immediately snatched it up and quickly took it home to enjoy! That was the last time we had our beloved Guatemalan Zaya...and we relished every sip! It was oh so good...We really wish Zaya would somehow be reproduced to its original glory from Guatemala.
Nice sipping rum at a good price one of my favorites.
Got it as a gift. Good but not amazing. After is ...
As far as I know there are 3 different bottlings of this rum. The old bottling that is aged 12 years and has the classic cursive label as pictured here, the more recent bottling which is a blend of 12 aged rums and has a more legible font on the label as well as a straw on the neck and a cork, and the current bottling with a sticker on the neck and a metal screw top. I've yet to try the older 12 year old product but my rating is based on the blend with the straw and cork. The current bottling is terrible and overly sweet, I would rate that a 3/10. The bottle I have very very sweet as well but has complexity and redeemable qualities that make it enjoyable as an after dinner treat. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys sweetened rums, and to those who have tried the current bottling and hated it. If you can get it for sub $30 give the older version a try. I will keep my eyes open for the older 12 year old version. Cheers!
Quite a bit of artificial vanilla and caramel flavor, and pretty sweet too. Not a bad choice for the price point. Might even be my favorite sweet sipper in the ~$20(on sale) range. My "bestest" favorites seem to cost at least 2-3 times more. Lovely bottle too. Overall, its worth a look, especially on sale.
This is my favorite rum to drink with cola. It is great by itself however, I love rum and coke and it is cheap enough in my state (PA) at 31.99 that I don't mind indulging myself with a bottle every so often.
It starts with a great nose. Once it goes to your lips, it gets better. Lots of vanilla, amazingly smooth. This is a great rum and you can drink if straight or with a couple of rocks.
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