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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.
Bottle: Beautiful bottle with indentions and a straw grip (cork top)
Sight: Dark brown, red tint, thin & thick legs that are slow to fall, leaves a film
Aroma: Sweet, Vanilla, Caramel, Brown Sugar*
Taste: Sweet, Smooth, Vanilla, small hints of burn *
Entry: Sweet, Smooth, Vanilla, brown sugar, small hints of burn *
Body: Medium thickness, washes nice in mouth, no burn on gums/mouth*
Finish: Smooth finish, with a sweetness overload *
Wood: Whiskey & Bourbon Oak
* = Mmmmmmm :)
I lean to keep smelling this rum. Its intoxicating (mmmmm). Every sip I have to smell the beautiful sweet aroma. I recommend this rum to every person who enjoys a sweet rum.
Hope this review helps and if your like me after every rum you buy you look at reviews on your phone first. I lean more to sweeter rums. This rum is amazing and this will not and I repeat WILL NOT be my last bottle. This is in my top ten rums.
All this is just my opinion. If you are curious about a rum, do your reviews and go buy it. Every person taste buds are different.
I wish you could choose more then I prefer to pick multiple selections. I would drink this in mixed drinks, on the rocks, straight up, and with cola.
A full, rich, brown sugar warmth. Excellent sipping rum.
Fine taste you just sit back and enjoy and unwind after a hard week at work
This is a great sipper and would be a waste to mix.
For $28 this may be the best value if you don't mind a really sweet rum. This rum is smooth enough to drink like water. I like it on the rocks with coconut water and lime wedge. Cheers!
Favorite rum so far. Doesn't taste like alcohol at all. A must try.
I like this rum a a lot. The vanilla is not overwhelming to me and I think it taste great with coke. This is my favorite rum to give as a gift. Non-rum drinkers like it a lot.
Not going to get fancy. Best quality for the price. If you want to treat yourself with something, here you go.
This is great on the rocks. Almost tasted like cream soda but not overly sweet. Loved this one.
I could hook this up to my veins as an iv because it's so delicious
I'll admit I haven't tried every rum out there, but I have tried a lot, so I'll reserve 10 just in case I find better someday. Love the smoothness and vanilla undertones. Wonderful for sipping and a great value.
similar to plantation 20, same quality as zacapa 23. they are all different yet complement each other. should be in everyone's bar. great rum for a reasonable price. sippable, oh so sippable.
As a sipping rum this is fantastic. So rich and full of flavor. One of my favorites to sip on. Not too strong of a bite and a good, smooth finish. Worth the cost and won't disappoint!
Like some other readers, my first aged rum. Still love the vanilla aroma! My go to when I am introducing good rum to Bourbon drinkers in the south.
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.
Zaya is so perfectly smooth it will change the minds of those who claim they 'don't like' rum. It is perfect for sipping and one of the best tasting rums I've found yet.
Had this one chilled and neat. It was full bodied, warm and smooth with a stronger vanilla flavor than most.
amazingly smooth taste for a 12 year old..extremely smooth with nice soft flavors of vanilla and a few other subtle hints that you must experience for yourself ... and all with no burn in your throat... not a rum to be used with mix or even on the rocks,,,right up there with flora decana and zacapa or a good aged matusalem that are aged longer...this one is now my choice to just sit and pour a few ounces in nice glass and quietly sit and watch the world go by with a good cuban cigar
A tad sweet, but very smooth. Drink on the rocks or freeze the bottle.
Smooth enough to be a well aged bourbon, has that smokey type of flavors.The best for the price in my neck of the woods.
I'll keep it a 9, as I am so new at this I'll undoubtedly find something better. I am one of those people that always though Bacardi was the rum to beat. Then I tried some of the spiced rums, and, though they are tasty, to me, it's the equivalent of Rum and Coke in a bottle. I discovered bourbon in the last year (yeah, sheltered life) as my only experience with whiskey was scotch, and peat SUX. (to me). On a recent cruise I told the Mrs I wanted to try Ron Zacapa 23 Solera but it was way too expensive. But she got me this Zaya for Christmas and it barely lasted a week. I LIKE this stuff. Smells and tastes like spiced, but it's not, or doesn't say it is. I like the sweet, it's good straight up, room temperature. I would never mix it with anything, same way I drink bourbon. If I want to mix, I'll get Bacardi.
On the rocks or straight up
Who needs cola when sipping on Zaya Gran Reserva? Vanilla and caramel are the dominant tasting notes as others have described. I also detect the hints of orange on the nose and I think a bit of melting ice brings it out. The sweetness is very pronounced, but as an after dinner drink, would be a great alternative to sherry. This is a magnificent rum.
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