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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.
Very smooth in the glass, smell of organge and citrus. The taste is sweet but not to sweet. This was my fisrt El Dorado, but i will defenitly try the 15 and 21 also.
The smell is relative neutral and does not have the strong caramel smell of the 3-8 year. A great taste with a nice smooth finish and pleasant long after taste.
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Einer meiner ersten Premium-Rums und er begeistert nach wie vor bei jedem Schluck.
A tasty rum, however I seem to get a bit of a headache after enjoying it.
Smooth with a bit of a hard aftertaste, good for sipping, better with a splash of coke to bring out more of the flavor
Good color with depth. Sweet, not like diplomatico, but enjoyble.
Smell: Caramel, fermented fruits, vanilla, wood, solvent
Taste: Caramel, mince, dried fruit, spice, bitterness, alcohol.
It's similar to ElD15, but harsher, younger. Would go for ElD15.
Sweetness: 3 / 5
Spice: 4 / 5
Fruits: 3 / 5
Mildness: 2.5 / 5
Understandable that people love this. It is easy to sip and has a nice flavour buried under all the sweetness. More of a delicious rum liqueur than a true rum.
Put it this way: When I make an old fashioned with it, I omit the sugar.
This is definitely a dosage bottle but I'd say 15 > 21 > 12. I sip it or occasionally use in a cocktail
For anyone just starting out in building their rum collection, this is THE demerara rum to own! Makes a great Donga Punch. Mix with equal parts Smith and Cross and you have a world class blended rum that cannot be beat. I am interested to see how it compares to El Dorado 8, though. The 8 is very difficult to find in my area.
Having already tasted the 3, 5 and 15, I thought it would be about time, that I had a go with the most common of the El Dorado rums.
Nose: Brown sugar, tobacco and a slight oaky whiff in the end
Taste: Brown sugar, honey, vanilla and some oak in the short and sweet aftertaste
Overall: This rum is fine. It is nothing mindblowing and to sweet for my likings, but it is a good entry rum for newer rum drinkers and it should get some merit for that.
Bere un buon rhum dolce ma senza scadere nella dolcezza esagerata dei rum troppo melassati (vedi Zacapa).
Un rhum che sa di rhum dovete provarlo, qualità prezzo uno dei migliori rum in circolazione.
Un ambra abbastanza importante per un rhum di 12 anni, al palato subito un po di dolcezza, ben equilibrato dal sentore alcolico finale. Sapore ci caramello iniziale, cioccolato finale.
Absolutely perfect. Tasted very good, price very good.
This is one of the best rums I have tasted. It has a light tase and a lingering finish. Slightly fruity aroma. I don’t think it is overly sweet.
I feel that this is an excellent sipping rum. The noise is heavy with a molasses carmel note that pleasantly follows through to the taste. I have also noticed that when chilled, I taste a slight banana along with a stronger baking spice.
Overall I would recommend this rum
Rich plums, caramelized apples, coffee, dark chocolate and spices.
I prefer it straight
Received as a gift. Nice amber color, complex aroma. Medium weight on tongue, nice smooth finish with slight burn. Very nice - I would get this again when this one gets kicked.
It is a decent sipping rum, but nothing special......
God balance mellem sødme og tørhed og nem at genkende.
El Dorado 12 is a really nice rum. I can’t compare much since I’m new to the rum game, but I find this rum as a very good option for the price. It’s just a tiny bit sweeter than some others (e.g. Zacapa 23) and the taste is not as complex or deep, but the quality is there and the rum tastes really good. I have to say i prefer this rum over for instance Diplomatico Reserva.
I can wholeheartedly recommend this rum to anyone looking for a more simple - but not really dull - quality rum.
Molasses, vanilla notes, dark chocolate, oak. Very easy to put down, great for a beginner or someone who has a sweet tooth
El Dorado 12-Year rum review by Mike at Ultimate Rum Guide