Zaya Gran Reserva 12 Year Old Rum
Matured for a minimum of twelve years, this rum earned a score of 90-95 points from Wine Enthusiast.
Proof: 80 (40% ABV)
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Deep mahogany color. Aroma of smoked bananas, vanilla and baking spices. Hints of mocha, dried fruits, nutmeg and maple syrup, which are well-balanced by notes of cinnamon, butterscotch and smoke. Finish is long and deep, and ends with a touch of caramel.
Situated in the southern Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago is an island nation that was initially colonized by the Spanish in the early 16th century. At the time, Spain intended to use the islands to propel its influence in the region and across Europe. By the turn of the 17th century, however, both Trinidad and Tobago remained sparsely populated forests, and Spanish hegemony in the region was dwindling. In 1797, a British general by the name of Sir Ralph Abercromby sailed to the islands and declared that they would thereafter be subject to the British Crown.
Under British rule, Trinidad and Tobago experienced a massive influx of settlers, and became a critical junction in Britain’s trading routes with its other colonies. In addition, the islands’ unique environment and geography – it enjoys a tropical climate, rich alluvial soil and a remote location outside the path of most hurricanes – made it ideal for the production and cultivation of sugarcane.
Zaya Gran Reserva 12 Year Old Rum is a blend of select Trinidadian rums, each of of which is crafted using virgin sugar cane harvested from the islands. Once the cane is pressed, the remaining juice is fermented with a proprietary strain of yeast before being distilled through a copper still. Following distillation, the rum is matured in medium-charred, white oak casks for a minimum of twelve years.
Zaya Gran Reserva Rum has an aroma of smoked bananas, vanilla and baking spices. The aroma gives way to hints of mocha, dried fruits, nutmeg and maple syrup, which are well-balanced by notes of cinnamon, butterscotch and smoke. The finish is long and deep, and ends with a touch of caramel.
The rum earned a score of 90-95 points from Wine Enthusiast, and earned the Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2005 and 2007.
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