Rum - Zaya Gran Reserva 12 Year Old
Zaya Rum Company
Zaya Gran Reserva 12 Year Old
Angostura Ltd., Trinidad & Tobago
Importer: Wilson Daniels, St. Helena, California
Age: 12 years
Price: $39.99 750ml
Notes: This rum is a private label mix of 3-5 rums from Trinidad and Tobago selected and blended by a master blender. Double distilled in copper pot stills,the rum is aged in used once whiskey and bourbon barrels, and the youngest of the mix is 12 years old.
Appearance: A dark bronze nicely rich color, beautiful clarity. On swirling, leaves a very thin coat on the glass with long thin legs slowly forming with drops sliding down the side of the glass.
First Impression: Vanilla and spice bouquet with some char/leather notes, dark fruits, spicecake, sugar cane and molasses.
Taste: Slightly sweet entry followed by vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg notes, spice, with char and leather notes intermingled with barrel oak pepper. Medium-bodied, medium-to-long lingering, slightly dry finish. Nice, but please, this is a spiced rum,no way is most of this natural to the rum itself.
I'm also getting a fair amount of sugar cane juice and caramel also. Much more substance, structure and complexity than the Bacardi 8 year-old.
Drinks: Great for sweeter Tiki drinks calling for a spiced rum or rum and spices.
Cigars: Nothing too heavy. Something with a natural wrapper that is relatively simple so it doesn't compete with the rum.
Bottle/Packaging: Clyndrical heavy bottomed clear glass bottle with rectangular label with vertical orientation . Black neckwrap with palm wrap and real cork closure. Thankfully it does not have the South American anti-refill device fitted in the neck of the bottle unlike some of its competitors.
Final Thoughts: A nicely done and for a spiced rum, a understated and nicely done expression. However I find it rather disingenuous that they are not saying this is a spiced rum- bordering on false advertising. Most definitely spiced and additives. But nice for all that - just state it and let people know what they are in for.
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