I’m not going to get into the debate whether the “old” Zaya made in Guatemala was better than the new iteration being made in Trinidad. I wouldn’t mind having a go at in a proper venue with samples of both present. Alas that’s not happening today.
Blends of rum and virtually all aged blended spirits are not static and the flavor profile can change occasionally for many reasons. Not just with private labels such as this one but even with long established distillers marques. So let us not cry in our soup…or rum. Instead let us enjoy a glass.
A pleasing deep copper color with a red hue leads to a soft vanilla aroma with a spicy alcohol kick. Chocolate and oak are playing nicely together in the background.
Very full bodied on the palate where vanilla and white chocolate flavors predominate. Sweetness really comes across on the middle of the tongue followed by a serving of spicy heat on the finish.
A high quality and distinctive rum. Sweet with heat and just enough flavor interest to carry it all off well.
The USA importer Wilson Daniels LTD. is well known for their sophisticated packaging and this offering is no exception. The quality of the bottle used is impressive alone.
Tasted September 26, 2009