Zaya Grande Reserva 16-Year rum

Zaya Grande Reserva 16-Year

Trinidad and Tobago | Aged

93 ratings
Tasty, but not quite great

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Posted almost 2 years ago by TroyB ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ | 23 ratings

Iโ€™ll admit, I wasnโ€™t a big Zaya fan to start with but I received this bottle as a gift, and decided to take it with me on vacation. Some acquaintances I know really enjoy Zaya and I was determined to challenge my preconceptions, while I was away. Alas, I confirmed that Zaya does not dance with my pallet. It is a smooth rum, but the taste is just โ€œoffโ€, and I lack the ability to effectively describe just how bad this rum tastes. Good thing I brought the Mt Gay XO with me as well!

Posted almost 3 years ago by Howard ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 10 ratings

First, I'm fairly liberal. I figure I'm not the final word when it comes to judging what others will like. But the Zaya Grande Reserva 16 Year deserves to be called out. First, make sure it's the new green necked/labeled iteration that we are talking about and second, it's NOT A 16 YEAR OLD RUM! It is a solera rum. They are being quite cute by putting the "16 Years" in a much larger font than the tiny print of the warning, "A blend of Rums aged up to".

It seems that the move from Guatemala has resulted in a continued loss of positive character in this sad Rum.

Don't get me wrong. I agree, a solera rum can definitely be a good rum. But it's insulting to other correctly labeled rums to hide behind a tricky label.

That said, the Zaya Grande Reserva I tasted was sickly sweet and overpriced even for $26. But, if you are someone who mixes all the flavors at the Slurpee machine and would pay $26 for that, I apologize.

Posted over 3 years ago by Shaymus ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ | 9 ratings

Excellent flavour, pairs very nice with cane cola. Smooth with subtle notes of Carmel and vanilla. Smooth finish as well. Reminds me a bit of the original smoothness of the first Zaya, before the distillery moved, but something else I canโ€™t put my finger on yet...more testing required!

After more testing (2 years later) I have moved from a 8 to a 7, not sure if it changed or me. Now a little too much blending, too much vanilla...just not the same. :-(

Posted over 1 year ago by Jay 701 ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 2 ratings

I wanted to like this rum because I spent a lot of money on it based on its attractive bottle and name. As others have noted, this rum is very sweet, although the sweetness is partially masked by the alcohol. On the nose one can immediately detect the sweetness, but underneath there is an unpleasant odor of cleanser which is astringent. On the tongue the high sugar level is immediately apparent followed by what can only be described as an unpleasant slightly bitter aftertaste reminiscent of cleaning fluid. This rum is a great disappointment and barely drinkable. Avoid it. I will use this bottle, if it all, in mixed drinks and coffee - perhaps, but a shame to ruin good coffee so only instant.

Posted over 1 year ago by geroji ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 26 ratings

It tastes unbearably forgettable and artificially sweet. I donโ€™t even remember the tasting notes. This is one of my first sipping rum, I remember when I first opened the bottle as a mewbie I enjoyed rums like this and bumbu. I forgot about it and started trying out new rums, and when I sampled this again a month later, I poured it out.

Posted over 1 year ago by Alphamale76 ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 14 ratings

Not terrible. Definitely a little sweeter than most rums. Smooth finish and I like the vanilla hints. Good value.

Posted almost 2 years ago by Franklin Fraitus ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 26 ratings

The bad: Initially, the smell is strong, with a touch of vanilla scented cleaner or disinfectant, which seems to dissipate a little after a few minutes. The good: However the taste is quite good and pleasant. I rated it a 6 due to the sharp initial impression, but the taste is a solid 7. I'd be happy to drink this straight after letting the glass breathe for a bit. The price is good, so I'll probably purchase it again.

I don't find it "sickly sweet" as some others here do. I do find the taste seems like it has vanilla in it, which I really like.

Posted almost 3 years ago by Tikiducks ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 54 ratings

This is a very nice rum, good carmel toffee aromas. A go to for me now.

Posted 3 years ago by EmfiniGee ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 21 ratings

Very sweet, easy to drink and good value at under $30

Posted over 3 years ago by Joola69 ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 2923 ratings

Zaya Grande Reserva 16 year old rum is a great starter rum for your rum collection. Reasonably priced at $28 per bottle and now easily available in most liquor stores. Original Zaya 12y was pretty good, but now the new version struggles to earn a 7 since it's very overpowering sweet flavor profile. Zaya 16y is definitely on the sweeter side also, plenty of vanilla and butterscotch for sure but it has a very nice flavor profile and hardly any burn. Buy this bottle and compare it to Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva, and the massive difference is obvious. Then go to your liquor and buy Diplomatico going onwards.

Posted over 3 years ago by Erik Marum ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 40 ratings

Saw this in my local liqour store and the green label stood out on the Zaya bottle. 16 yr??? Decided to give it a try. I am very impressed. A lot of forward apple and vanilla flavors. Very complex profile. It is a 16yr blend, but this is a very nice, smooth rum that is great on the rocks. The finish is not as long and strong as the Zaya 12 yr, which is my favorite characteristic of the Zaya 12 yr. But this one is also much smoother... practically no burn. The finish is still relatively long and the apple and vanilla flavors linger. Overall at $23 USD (in Miami) this is a great value. I'll be buying more.

Brand Details

Name: Grande Reserva 16-Year
Company: Zaya
Type: Aged
Distillation: Unknown
Aged: 16
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