Blended by a former Maestro Ronero for Havana Club, Zafra 21 is a straight 21-year-old (not a solera blend) aged entirely in ex-bourbon casks. Smooth, sweet, assertive yet not dominating, the fruit and spice elements unfold to reveal mild traces of currants, pears and apricots, with a gentle touch of vanilla and nutmeg. Seldom does rum this old (and this good) become available for less than $100. Best stock up on this masterpiece while you still can.
Like distillation itself, sugar cane hails from faraway lands, and the word Zafra is a Spanish variation on an Arabic word for harvest, specifically the sugar cane harvest. Zafra Rum combines that wealth of heritage into a singular, spirited liquid form with a sophisticated palate and pure, intense rum pleasure. Zafra is crafted by Francisco Fernandez Perez, AKA "Don Pancho," the Master Blender who started his career in Cuba working alongside his father in the booze industry. He earned a degree in microbiology and worked at Havana Club, earning one helluva reputation for his quality spirits. His newest release, Zafra is a breath of fresh air and our only qualm is that this Panamanian wonder goes down just a bit too easy… but we'll get over that.