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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 over 8 years ago by Gwawr from United Kingdom with 27 ratings

Of all their aged runs this is my favourite. Sweet, complex and delicious.


Posted 5 years ago by Josh from United States with 9 ratings

The best rum I've tasted so far. Great taste and quality. Vanilla and caramel notes. Smooth from beginning to end. Drink it on the rocks or add a splash of vanilla or cherry coke.


Posted almost 5 years ago by Reg from Canada with 2 ratings

My current favorite sipping rum.

And a total bargain for about $31 here in Canada.


Posted 5 years ago by Steve62lee from United Kingdom with 1 rating

My absolute favourite it's smooth warming aroma lifts my spirits if there is one to better it let me know


Posted over 5 years ago by Tchad from France with 13 ratings

De la douceur, c'est le mot pour définir ce rhum! J'ai adoré. Légèrement sucré. Vraiment sur le fruit, la finesse de ce rhum m'a laissé séduit!


Posted almost 3 years ago by mattrensa (PREMIUM) from United Kingdom with 20 ratings

This was my first exposure to Guyanese Rums several years ago and is always in the drinks cabinet.

Don't just read reviews, go and buy it. I've been lucky to sample and purchase the 12, 15 and 21 year old El Dorado Rums, and do them justice, drink neat, no mixers, ice if you like, but nothing else.
I'm still to try the 25yr old (but thats quite big money) but the 12yr old is excellent value, just won Gold Medal at the first ever Caribbean Rum Awards "Guyana’s El Dorado 12 took home the crown as the Best Rum"
Make fantastic 'Freddie G' (Guyanese rum, Ginger Ale (Fever Tree is best) lots of ice and lime slice and squeezed fresh lime juice) fantastic in the summer for a relaxing long drink with good company and friends.


Posted over 2 years ago by PTGarcia from United States with 23 ratings

Exceptional flavor profile for me (good oak/sweet balance) and plenty smooth with just enough bite to remind me it is rum.

I have tried the 15 year as well and love it, but find it hard to justify the increase in cost to get to the 15. When first getting into tasting rum, I would routinely use the 12 as a benchmark and really appreciate the quality for the price point (~$35). It has recently become available in my area and it is time for me to revisit this classic.


Posted over 5 years ago by Garden from Czech Republic with 2 ratings

I love this rum example with peanut crackers or alone:-)


Posted over 2 years ago by Tommaso from Italy with 14 ratings

I was gifted a bottle of this by my girlfriend upon recommendation by some people over here on this site.
I can say that, it is the most peculiar Rum. On the nose there is a strong scent of sweetness, dried fruits and caramel, almost honey-like, on the palate I sensed dried fruits like raisins, caramel, orange. Among the Rums that I've tasted, this has the most definite undertones of them all. It is pleasantly sweet but not at all annoying, I say on the same page of the Diplomatico but with a stronger character. I felt it to be stronger than Diplomatico although the alcohol % is quite the same; the burn is minimal.
Definitely recommended for the price/quality ratio. The bottle is nice, too.


Posted over 2 years ago by Peter from Canada with 11 ratings

This is a great rum! I like the El Dorado rums.
This one is one of the best rums you can get for the cost. So much sweetnes an flavour. Much fruit in the taste. Makes you want more. Better than the 15 year IMHO