Zafra Master Reserve 21yo Panamanian Rum

Difford's Guide

alc./vol: 40%

Proof: 80°

Vintage: Non-vintage

Aged: 21 years

Product of: Product of Panama Panama

Aged 21 years in American oak ex-Bourbon casks, this Panamanian rum was column distilled from molasses and was blended by Mr Francisco "Don Pancho" Fernandez, a Master Blender who has acquired an international reputation for his rum blends.

This rum's brand name, Zafra, generally refers to the sugar cane harvest which in the Caribbean is January through May and in the Mediterranean September to October. The term zafra entered Spanish from Arabic, and is either from zāfar or zafariya meaning harvest time, or saʼifah meaning 'gathering time'.

The term zafra became known internationally during the 1960s when the Cuban government made the La Gran Zafra (The Great Zafra) a centrepiece of its economic policy and more importantly for notoriety of the term, the lead communication in its international relations campaign. Each year, the Cuban government urged its population to help make the zafra the biggest ever with schools closed and urban residents relocated to the countryside to assist with the harvest.

Review and Tasting

Sampled on 06/11/2011


Clear, copper/polished amber.


Bourbon influenced toasty nose with berry and cherry aromas, crème caramel, milk chocolate, delicate nutmeg spice and tobacco leaf.


Slightly sweet yet assertive palate with toffee/fudge flavours, vanilla, Indian spice and dry oak.


Dry cedar/oak balances a touch of maple syrup and crème caramel in the slightly spiced finish with lingering tobacco and oak.

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