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El Dorado 12-Year Rum is composed of a blend of aged rums, all at least 12 years old. The rums are distilled using a combination of stills including double wooden pot stills and are aged in bourbon oak casks.
Demerara Distillers of Guyana produces El Dorado 12-year rum and is the country's last remaining distillery, with origins tracing back to 1670. The name ""El Dorado"" references the legendary city of gold that is said to be in the country's Rupununi region.
Recommendable to most
For as strong as the sherry nose it has, it is not as sweet as I expected, which is a good thing. There is some nice oak and spice on the tongue and a smooth, enjoyable finish. But it definitely does have its sweet moments, but nothing too strong. I especially love the bottle. It looks like something that would wash up on the beach from a pirate ship wreck. Have only drank it neat, but would love to try it in my Mai Tai recipe and in an old fashioned. Good staple bottle for a rum collection.
I had read reviews online which made me believe that this rum is partly aged in sherry casks. Like, nuances of dried fruits and nuts. However, in my opinion there's nothing really suggestive of sherry casks about this one. The nose screams "bourbon". It has plenty of vanilla and even that luscious note of sun cream typical of some bourbon whiskeys. Full bodied and aromatic, it's an excellent choice whenever cocktail recipes call for Demerara rum.
Initial thoughts include spicy, with notes of cinnamon and vanilla. This was a Christmas sale purchase that has delighted me over and over.
I managed to find this rum for$24.99 at Christmas, and took a shot on it due to its low price. I was very surprised with the wonderful flavors and complex eww city of this drink, and enjoy it both neat and with mix.
While not as complex as some others (see my review on Lemon Hart 1804), it has a delightful flavor and very pleasant nose. Notes of pepper and cinnamon, as well as vanilla and a not overpowering sweetness make this one another staple in my cabinet.
Certainly appreciable neat, it has a wonderful complexity and is also simple at the same time. The flavors present are not overly deep or complex, but rather they are solid and pleasant in their balance. Truly one of the first really high quality rums that I stumbled upon with a terrific experience to price ratio.
If you are new to rums and are looking to elevate your experience, this is a wonderful way to grow your experience and enjoy some truly great flavor at the same time.
My wife and I experimented with this rum a bit during the lockdown. At first we liked it. It is clearly on the very sweet side, but so are a few others we have enjoyed at times, Diplomatico Reserva and Papa's Pilar come to mind. The price point is reasonable. The flavor palette is alright, reasonably complex with some notes of burnt sugar, dark fruit and citrus. the finish and overall effect is just too sweet. My wife could tolerate the sweetness, but I eventually found it rather cloying. The other big problem I have with sweeter rums is that it seems to take a bit more of them to get you where you want to go. Also, if you indulge a bit more the harsh after effects seem worse.
Anyway, if you are a fan of very sweet rums and don't get any negative effects from the sugar this might be a good choice, but for us, not so much.
"El Dorado 12-Year rum review by Mike at Ultimate Rum Guide"
"It’s very sweet and quite light. It’s very easy drinking. As a sipping rum it as easy to drink."
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