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El Dorado 12-Year rum

El Dorado 12-Year

Guyana | Aged

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.

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Posted 14 days ago by Sheldon from Canada with 3 ratings

Good straight but great with mix. Sweet, flavourful and easy to drink. Great for conversations with friends good luck having just one

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Posted 15 days ago by Ian H (PREMIUM) from United States with 13 ratings

Not great by itself, but the best mixer I’ve found yet. The sweetness works well with anything you’d want to use. Great in a Cuba Libre...

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Posted 18 days ago by rumtrinker from Germany with 28 ratings

I like Demerara rums. Rich molasses is just what I am into.
And El Dorado 12 could be spot on. Woody, leathery, raisiny nose. Clear smell of molasses, caramel, somewhat funky, a hint of smoke. All great. But... ...you can already smell the sweetness. It is much too well-rounded, much too polite, too smooth.

And, on sipping, unfortunately that is exactly how it turns out to be: All the good things from the nose are somewhat there, but muted by way too much sweetness. This kills the funk and mutes everything else. To its credit, it gets better after a few months in the open bottle, when oxidation took its toll. This seems to increase the wood in the finish, which makes for a nice dry ending. The rum is still too sweet in general.
I am not sure I like the liquorice note in the taste. That is probably from the rum itself and reminds me of the part that I do not enjoy too much in Lemon Hart Demerara and Myers's Dark.

I think this would be excellent stuff if unsweetened. A wasted opportunity. I like the (considerably cheaper) Pusser's much better. Even though the potential of the El Dorado 12 clearly shines through. Frustrating. Thus my verdict: Good stuff, but somewhat spoiled with sugar and thus frustrating.

Still, the price is quite good and if you like sweeter rums, but you also would like some actual flavours in your rum, this is a good choice.

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Posted 19 days ago by Alfonso87 from Croatia with 10 ratings

Vrlo intenzivan, tamni rum, aromatican, ali mi nije izbalansiran bas najbolje. Previse mi do izrazaja dolazi alkohol.

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Posted 20 days ago by pghiran from Romania with 10 ratings

A downgraded El Dorado 15, a definite upgrade from its 8 year old brother. The alcohol is much more emphasized than in the 15 but still what I could qualify as ok for sipping. Sweet enough to not be confused with random moonshine branded as rum, but not one of those perfectly engineered blends, not that I personally have any problems with a good blend.

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Posted 24 days ago by CK from United States with 17 ratings

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.

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Posted 29 days ago by Liam from Belgium with 4 ratings

This is one off my first rums. And I think it's great, overall a smooth rum

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Posted 1 month ago by Simon_W from Switzerland with 32 ratings

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.

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Posted 1 month ago by RumRatings94 from Portugal with 3 ratings

Beautiful sipper, it enjoyable for every penny, gourmet

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Posted 1 month ago by Stanny421 from United Kingdom with 7 ratings

Very nice smooth great with ice and a slice of orange. reminds me of the diplomatico rum.