The quality of Zaya rum sucks balls,the owner ship changed and now the rum tastes like gasoline. If you can find a bottle with the real palm leaf on the neck that’s the good stuff now it has a paper one . Clever marketing the little disk on the bottle used to say twelve year old rum now it say a blend of twelve different Rums if you look closely
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The newest bottles don't even have a paper sleeve on the neck, they have a metal screw top and collar. I picked up a bottle for what I thought was a great price of $25 last year in Florida. I just opened it a couple days ago and I have to say I agree with you this stuff is horrible.
I had a bottle stashed in my cellar and finally got over there tonight (I have been living at my GFs house, my house is basically booze storage.) I was thrilled to see it has the straw wrap!! Opened it tonight and - although it is definitely a sweet bomb, at least it tastes good. The newer stuff basically tastes like vanilla extract.
Its a real shame what they did to this rum.... If you like a rum with some hints of vanilla, try Angostura 1919
I too was horribly disappointed by Zaya. Little more than brown, sugary booze. For half the price, I'd pick a bottle of Captain Morgan spiced over this. And I mean that seriously. The label is horribly misleading as well, giving the impression you are getting an aged product when in fact the 12 should refer to the number of grams of sugar in any given bottle.
Zaya used to be one of my top rums maybe 8-10 years ago. I haven't tried it recently, really disappointing to hear it has gone down hill :(
I emailed them regarding my disappointment, of course they did not give a reply
It's too bad if you see what is going on with a few big distillers. Not just Zaya, it seems Zacapa 23, Dictator 20 is not the same again. Probably they pushed the solera system too much.
I get more and more into single cask rum, expensive but worth every drop.