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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.
Coconut on the nose and pallet. More alcohol on the finish than I would have expected. Not as good as others I’ve tried.
This was purchased in hopes there was some potential. Nope, this is not worth 1/3 of its cost. Had hoped it would be a zacapa or flor de Cana. I'd rank it at a Castillo level. Very disappointed! This is not 12 yr rum. It is a blend of 12 rums.....don't bother.
Cheap vanilla flavor with a lack of smoothness. Better buying Kraken.
Middle sweet, vanilla, frui and tspicy a bit smoked like. For me very tasty, like this one.
Nice sweetness, very smooth and tastefull, i will by it again
Very tasty rum. The vanilla is very pronounced in this one. Sweet with a lot of caramel tones.
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.
Review by Chris Carlsson of Spirits Review
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