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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.
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.
I discovered this rum and it changed my view of rum. Previously only thought of rum as a mixer. This is my got to sipping rum and at a great price. Very and a nice finish.
This is the rum that opened my mind to rum beyond a crap rum and coke. This rum is perfect on an ice cube. Truly one of the best liquors available of any kind. Some spice and a touch of sweet.
This is an excellent rum. It maybe the smoothest rum readily available. This is a great sipping rum. It's easy to drink a lot without realizing how much you've had. However, the vanilla overwelhms the taste. This isn't necessarily a good or bad thing depending on how you feel about vanallia. It is one of my favorite flavors but every thing else gets lost. If it wasn't so smooth I'd rate it lower. It's also a good value at about $30 a bottle for such a smooth rum. If you have friends who think they don't like rum, this is a good one to get them started with.
sweet vanilla with hints of raisin and spices. I like sweet rums and this one fits the bill.
Overall, this is an excellent rum. It's tastes great, looks good , finishes, excellent. The only downside is that it's generally pricey, but if price isn't a factor then, this is the best, or at least right up there.
Smooth, sweet, warm. If you mix with this rum, you're nuts.
Très bon après un bon repas entre collègues.avec quelques glaçons.
Great after dinner sipping rum. To sweet for for everyday rum.
Ce rhum est une merveille à mon goût. Il faut aimer la vanille par contre pour apprécier sa douceur. A tester de toute urgence pour les fans de rhum arrangé à la vanille.
Agree that it's smooth and good, but it has a strong vanilla flavor that reminds me of spiced rums. Prefer neat with just a little water added, but overpriced for my taste.
So smooth. And the vanilla accents this so well. Its like a vanilla finish to a smooth rum.
This is an extremely dark rum in the bottle. As soon as I popped the cork, the subtle hint of vanilla escaped the bottle neck. Very smooth, sweet and delicious with a nice finish. Perhaps a bit too sweet.
i really like Zaya. Silky smooth with great sweet notes of vanilla - maybe even too much (the reason for no 10). Short finish, with a little spice. Probably the best rum for beginners, but maybe slightly lacking complexity for pros
Zaya had a strong vanilla flavor. Sipped it straight. Smooth but I thought it had a little bit of a medicine aftertaste to me though.
Beautiful caramel and vanilla notes. Smooth on the palate. Wonderful neat!
A fine rum that is enjoyed by many. A taste of bourbon or whisky
Beautiful caramel color
Sweet vanilla, chocolate and spices on the nose.
On the tong it is sweet with brown sugar vanilla and spices. Dried fruit and chocolate hints as well.
Finish is smooooth. Beautiful rum if your in the mood for something sweet.
I just can't get enough of this Rum! Smooth, flavorful, great price point, easy to find, perfect with a Cuban! What more can you hope for in a sipping Rum!?
A 10 all the way, for me.
Best smelling rum I ever put my nose to, but when I drink it, it just doesn't deliver what the smell promises smell is a 10, taste is 6 or 7
This rum has a subtle vanilla aroma in addition to the rich scents I have come to associate with an aged rum. On the palate the flavors are of strong vanilla, as expected and very subtle spice, however I felt the spice notes could have been more pronounced. Overall it is pleasing but not one I believe I would purchase again as there are far better rums out there at the same price point.
it is a sweet and smooth rum with really strong dark chocolate notes, the nose is really rich, I consider it an OK rum but not a top one.
Fine taste you just sit back and enjoy and unwind after a hard week at work
this rum has a strong vanilla flavor. I drink it with Coke zero and it tastes just like a vanilla Coke with a little bit of spice. One of my favorite rums.
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