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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.
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.
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.
Very smooth, great taste. The vanilla shines through. No after taste. I highly recommend you try it.
Sladky, dobry s chiti cokolady, spis takove mlecne.
When I first cracked open the bottle, I had it straight up so that I could really get a good taste of it since it had received so many good review. Yes, it was smooth and sweet. The strong vanillas taste overwhelmed any other nuance to me. But I thought it was just my taste buds. And so I had my wife taste it also. "Did you add vanilla to this or something?" was the first comment. I guess we like more rummy rums. El Dorado 15 as a sipper or Pusser, Bacardi 8, and some others for mixing. I ended up giving the bottle to my brother in law. Three years later, he still has more than 3/4 of the bottle left. 'Nuff said.
I could hook this up to my veins as an iv because it's so delicious
I discovered this at my liquor store for a new rum and it tastes fantastic. Mix this with coke and you have yourself a drink that's smooth that still has a nice bite of rum. Smells like vanilla and taste like gold.
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.
This is actually a very good rum with interesting body. But it didnt really get me so for me, something is missing there.
This was given as a gift. Smooth and tasty. I prefer on the rocks. Finished bottle and I'd like to replace.
If you can't afford the $50 for the Ron Zacapa then this one might be right for you. It isn't to that quality, but it is still a solid rum with good flavor. If you have both, offer this one to your friends. They probably won't know it is a $30 rum and will be happy about it. A good every day rum to have around!
This is a good rum, though the vanilla is a bit dominant. The vanilla is actually quite good, but it's hard to taste the rum over the vanilla (though this is far better than most other vanilla bombs I've tried). Easy drinking and smooth, I'll give this my top score for (what I believe should be) a flavored rum.
Pas de juste milieu, on adore ou on déteste, je suis perplexe face aux arômes de vanille,de chocolat, impossible à mes yeux d'obtenir ce résultat naturellement, une liqueur pas un rhum
Like a more expensive vanilla liqueur. Noticing that recent bottlings of the stuff are especially sweet.
Pomerne drahsi rum oproti pyrat, diplomatico a podobnym rumom. Na prvy krat mi tento rum vobec nechutil, pripominal mi tuzemak a rumove aromy do kolacov. Na druhy krat to uz bolo inak. Vyrazna vona vanilky, velmi tmavy rum. Neviem ale ci sa k nemu este niekedy vratim.
Very pretty bottle, opening it you get a smell of Oak, Caramel, Chocolate and no real alcohol smell. Kinda smells like maple syrup. In the glass its a very deep brown. Sipping neat you are in for a real shocker, its amazingly smooth. Its an amazing balance of heat taste and alcohol. This stuff was MADE to sip. Starts with a vanilla-oaky taste then you get the heat of the rum and the bold chocolate taste, maybe a hint of caramel sweetness in there toward the end. In diet coke it makes a velvet-y rum and coke, smooth flavors balanced in the coke make it easy to have "one too many".
This is great on the rocks. Almost tasted like cream soda but not overly sweet. Loved this one.
This is not a bad rum. It has a bit too much vanilla and a bit too sweet as well. That said, I think it would be great with a desert. The price is too high, I would choose Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva over Zaya anytime.
Will not buy it.
Great flavors including nice vanilla notes. Very smooth. Great sipping rum.
To start with!!The bottle is heavy and more nicr than Ron Zacapa! Zaya becomes better and better staying in the glas. I tasted it direct after opening it and same with Ron Zacapa and they did smell almost simmular but the after taste was better for Ron Zacapa. After som minutes in the air Zaya becoming better and better. But in the end Zacapa is more full body and longer aftertaste. Sorry I would have liked Zaya to be better because my expectations was higher on the product. You need to have in the collection because the bottle is formidable.
enjoyed this a lot. A little sweet but very enjoyable.
Very smooth rum; on the nose I am overpowered by cocoa.
the taste is the same with some vanilla mixed in there as well.
I could drink this everyday but at the same time I could not drink more then one or two at a time; very rich.
$30 for a rum this good is simply amazing. Not overly complex but well balanced and loads of flavor.
One of my favorite rums so far. a Vanilla bomb and a great sipper.
(Update January 3, 2020: So... after reading through the hydrometer tests, I unfortunately discovered that Zaya is a company that absolutely loads their "premium rums" with additives like sugars and coloring such. This is something that disappointments me greatly. As noted on my recent review of Zacapa's Edicion Negra, "premium" rums with additives that aren't labeled mean an automatic three points off. That means the highest I can give this now is a 7. It won't go lower because this review is still otherwise true... I do love this rum regardless. Sadly, it's a flavored rum, not a pure rum. Hence the drop in rating.)
After trying Ron Zacapa, I've been dying to dig further into the world of rum. This was my next step and... wow.
I tasted everything. I agree that the vanilla was the most obvious part of it. But that's fine with me because I love vanilla. It was sweet which, again, as I said for Ron Zacapa, is perfect for me. Caramel was evident, as was a hint of nuttiness. I even detected cocoa on the tongue. And the nose was just as wonderful.
Highly recommended. I loved it.
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