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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.
The sugar cane in this is gorgeously developed, I love every sip of this. I prefer this rum neat most often than not, it is so smooth and bold with age that it should really be meant with nothing added to it.
I have tried many Rums and Zaya is by far the best rum in my opinion. I still like drinking many others but the flavour and aroma of Zaya is amazing straight or with mix. I would recommend it to anyone.
Velmi mne nadchl, nasládlý, voňavý, výborný, top, má své jisté místo v baru
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!
Zaya Gran Reserva may be the best rum Trinidad has on offer. Very rich and quite heavy on the vanilla, this rum has superb complexity of flavor in the nose and on the palette. Perhaps best finish of any rum I've tasted (including Ron Zacapa 23 Solera). Here in New York, the price point makes it an incredible value.
Currently my favorite rum. It is a little sweet, with flavors of vanilla and caramel. Perfect for a dessert sipper. Do not waste as a mixer, drink this one neat. Great rum to share with friends after dinner. For $37 this is a steal.
This drink is the epitome of rum. Let's start with the sweet, caramel aroma. Then, the drink is shockingly smooth. The grassy sugarcane flavor is dominant (as it should be). Then, there are the molasses, earthy, and caramel notes. The direct connection to distilled sugarcane is more obvious here than in any other I've sampled. There's a thickness to this body.
The finish is quick to leave and only adds to the experience. It's like a woman you loved but could never be with.
This is what I like in a rum.I'm not going to guess what I think it smells like, or say I get this or that "notes", I am just going to say that I enjoy this one immensely, and I love that I know that I am drinking burnt sugary goodness.
This is a very smooth rum with a taste that lingers well after it has left my mouth. I had a sample at the liquor store and had to have it in my collection. Sweet, dark, caramel, with a hint of coconut.
A wonderful sipping rum. It's a nutty sweet caramel treat... feels like being a spoilt kid. Truely luvly!
Should have been 8.5. Zaya has a super delicious scent of sweet, sweet vanilla. It leads the mind to vanilla cash. One really expects a really good glass room when you put your nose in the glass and collect impressions. Here are also notes of chocolate and mild coffee.
j aime beaucoup le goût de caramel et vanille. Complexe et très intéressant.
very smooth taste, sweet and absolutly OK for his Age.
It's Friday night and time for the rum review. From what's called the land of the hummingbird, Trinidad the southernmost island of the Caribbean, comes Zaya Gran Reserva. It wasn't always from there though. Originally started in Guademala it was distilled there until 2008 when the aquisition of several rum brands by the Diageo Spirits conglomerate which brought in brands like Botran and Zacapa, left the Zaya brand out of the loop. An upcoming brand and gaining momentum in its sales they moved to Trinidad and joined up with Infinium Spirits. Family owned Infinium Spirits is known for igniting brands and accelerating their sales. Some other brands owned by this parent company are Seagrams Vodka, Templeton Rye, Fernet-Branca, Antica Formula, Branca Menta among other brand less known. The Zaya distillery produces their rums using small batch copper pot stills with pure ferment sugar cane juice, then aged in small casks for a minimum of 12 to 18 years. It is blended from 3 to 5 different ages based on their taste and age.
Having a rich coppery amber color, the legs are very slow to form but once they do they fall gracefully and end up as drops on the side of my snifter.
The aromas of sweet vanilla and caramel as a foundation the highlights are of a spicy smoke and has no astringency properties.
The entry was amazingly nice, with spiced fruits, my thoughts are cherry and dried apricot, a healthy flavor of vanilla and caramel. The finish of a nutty smoke is wonderfully smooth.
The drinks I'd recommend would be Zaya and cola, to make a reminiscent cherry vanilla coke. A great sipper by itself, and one I would highly recommend. Tonight's drink of choice is chilled over a single ice sphere, and of course with my golden ginger ale.
Till the morrow I'll be back with another review but till then. Stay safe, stay alert, stay alive, and drink responsibly. Down the hatch.
Nez et bouche très caramel avec une fin de bouche très légèrement vanillée. Peu de sensations alcoolisée. Facile d'accès pour les néophytes.
Very spicy, a change from the norm, pleasantly surprising. Great rum
Dans la lignée du Plantation 20th Xo subtilement plus Vanillé, doux malgré la couleur et facile a boire avec une bonne teneur en bouche.
Zaya is a great introduction to finer rums or a good value sipper. If you like making daiquiris with amaretto, this is a pretty decent option- the slightly earthier flavors in zaya (yes, it's markedly sweet, but has some complexity) go well with liquers in my experience.
Good for Zipping but a little sweet, after couple of Zips you can taste the Cane. Over all very good!
Great flavours. Great aromas. Easy smooth sipper. Recommended to anyone.
Comparable to Ron Zacapa. Hints of chocolate and vanilla, but not quite as smooth as Zacapa. Excellent fallback.
Very smooth and easy to drink. This can be dangerous because you can have 4 or 5 of these without realizing you should slow down and bam, hits you like a brick wall.
I have been enjoying Zaya sice before Trinidad. I have to say on a technical level I have had better rums but does not mean I like them more. From the creamy custard mouth feel to the rich burnt surgar and wafting vanilla notes. This is the rum that the day could be long, short, hard left-sideways or whatever if anyone said "How about some Zaya" My response is always"Yeah that does sound good". When I was gifted a Whisk(e)y decanter and not sure what to put in it my daughter pointed out I do not have a favorite whisk(e)y but I do have a rum so it holds that wonderful beverage that drinks like Creme Brulee.
Review by Chris Carlsson of Spirits Review
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