Originally coming from Guatemala the distillers of Zaya Rum became part of a bigger conglomerate under the ownership of Diageo. The production moved to Trinidad and Tobago where it is distilled since 2008. The Zaya Gran reserva recipe is supposedly a big secret that consists of a precise blend that is similar to the original Guatemalan Rum.
Zaya Gran Reserva 12 is a blend of 12 Rums from Trinidad and Tobago carefully selected and blended by their Master Blender. Each of the Rums is created from virgin sugar cane harvested from the islands. The pressed juice is fermented with and double distilled in copper stills. It is then aged in medium charred Whiskey and Bourbon white oak casks. This careful process of production brought this Rum a lot of recognition and many rewards which is more than appropriate for this easy sipper!
When someone asks me what I recommend as a good rum, this is it. I tell them its the best balance of price and quality. Sure, there better rums, but the price you pay for Zaya makes it the best choice for someone looking to start a collection
Best rum I’ve ever had
Best rum on my shelf
The nose is bold and round; with a distinct fruity/spicy character. A bakery aroma permeates the bouquet. The palate reveals molasses, butterscotch and sarsaparilla. This Rum is sweet and flavorful. There is a distinct hint of copper penny that ascends to the roof of the mouth midway though—leading to a dry and satisfying finish. The mouthfeel is on the oily side.
Smooth velvety not too spicy. You can taste the extra years. very good rum for the price, not an elite top-shelf rum but knocking on the door and an impressive go to for high end rum cocktails.
Really very good a dn drinks like a scotch. Used in a mahattan for a twist. Pretty damn good with a cherry and one ice cube.
My go to rum.
Quality sipping rum of burnt molasses, raisin and black licorice. It’s a touch alcohol forward on its taste and its mild burn. This rum may not to be everyone’s liking that is for certain. Not one of my favorites but it’s a solid rum.
My favorite and go-to rum. Love the perfect hit of sweetness via the hint of caramel.
Disappointing, overly sweet with an artificial caramel flavor dominating and a lingering medicinal flavor. Not undrinkable, but only just.
This use to be a great rum. Within the last year or so it became sweeter. We are really missing out on something special. A few years ago it was excellent.
Very sweet but flavorful rum!! I’d definitely purchase this for sipping or mixed cocktails.
Very nice neat, although some may find it sweet depending on the pallet. But very smooth and I honestly think a value for good tasting rum. A must try.
An update, they started making this sweeter. I got a bottle recently and it is indeed sweeter.
This is a solid spiced rum. I don’t typically enjoy drinking rum neat, but I would try this neat any day. This has a lovely vanilla flavor too. Worth the somewhat high price.
Wonderful taste with great flavor. Just the right amount of sweetness
very smokey, i'm not a smoker so it was a little different I'll save for later when I'm ready for something different
Great sipping rum and a crowd favorite, we go through a bottle of this each week at volleyball.
Delicious rum blend. Strong of notes of banana's foster and pastries. Just the right amount of woodspice
Pretty good for a run. Good for sipping. Aftertaste is a little strange
The best sipping rum there is
This was my first sipping rum many years ago. It's still an old favorite, at the price it is hard to beat. I consider this a 'daily drinker' but certainly not my favorite.
Zaya is a good rum. I enjoyed it more when it was from Guatemala.
Smooth, taste good, but a bit too sweet for our palate.