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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.
If this is the best that your store has, you'll be ok buying this, but there are many much better rums out there. Too much burn and oakiness to realize any other flavors.
I wish we could give 1/2 points, this would be 7 1/2. Maybe next time I have some I can upgrade to 8, but not today. It is very good and I would never refuse a drink if offered to me. The problem comes when I try to justify filling my bar space with so many good rums. If I need the space, I will just save it for 8s, 9s and 10s. Know what I mean? Very much recommended though.
Parfumé, caramel au nez , puissant mais pas trop en bouche . Il aurait été un peu plus doux , je lui mettais 10/10. C'est un grand rhum. Dans mon top 5.
Le package est séduisant : une belle couleur ambre foncé, une jolie bouteille au col entouré de rafia.
Il sort des distilleries Angostura et se comporte comme un Zacapa. Comme ces rhums espagnols qui se boivent facilement, le caramel et la vanille prédominent, malgré tout la puissance est là, tout en finesse.
Un produit jeune mais déjà à posséder.
12 year stated on label but easily smoother than some 18 year aged rums out there. I have seen it priced as low as $20 which is a steal at that price. I bought the set with 2 glasses for $22. Zaya is sweet and smooth..
God og spændende med knap så megen sødme, men alt for megen vanille for min smag
Smagen er lidt nød og karamel. En god rom til en kop friskmalet kaffe. Skal købes igen.
Tastes a bit too much like Capt. Morgan's for my liking. A bit too spicy and sweet but the taste improves as the ice melts.
My goto sipping rum! Easy on the burn, wonderfull long finish. Yes it hits the nose with venilla but the sweet caramel taste makes this what I find perfect after dinner drink.
This is a very nice rum. It is smooth,versatile and has a nice finish. It can be enjoyed neat or with in sweetened cola.
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
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