Why "surprising"? Because I rate the Zafra 21 an 8 - this is a huge step up.
This is much smoother than the 21, and more sophisticated. Smells and tastes of caramel, oak, and honey, with a hint of bourbon, and a nice light spice. I prefer this to the $500 El Dorado 25, which I knocked down to a 9 after tasting this (it was previously at the bottom of my 10's which are getting over-crowded - only the best of the best deserve a 10).
A delicious rum; I recommend this even if you're not a fan of the Zafra 21.
The heavens opened...
26 Oct '16
Zafra 21 has been my "go to" Spanish distillation for the past few years. When my local rum partner informed me that a 30 year old was on the way I was dizzy with excitement. The warmth, complexity and depths of Zafra's hand crafted 30 year can be described in so many ways but without actually drinking it they'd still just be tasting notes. If your passion for rum runs deep enough to be a member of Rum Ratings, run don't walk to your supplier... After all, there were only 6730 bottles made. I have 3 - for now.