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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.
A nice sipping rum with lots of oak flavour.. I like it and it's an easy smooth sipper but for my taste there is better for the money. Hence the 7 (would give 7.5 if possible).
Good sipper but also good with cola. Slight alcohol burn with flavors of caramel, spice, and citrus.
Til en pris på 250kr, så kan den klart anbefales, kan drikkes rent, men er virkelig en fantastisk mixer rom.
Great run for mixing at average price. Honestly no more oakheart or captain Morgan for me ever!
El Dorado 8 year is a completely defferent taste and aroma.
Both are sweet but this one is more creamy. 8 year is solid brown suger caramel taste.
I prefer 8 year.15 year is more tastefull.
A very strong aged rum: at first the impact is huge, but then it dissolves into a tasty flavour. Not an easy choice but still enjoyable.
This is a nice rum! El Dorado is one of the best rums I have sampled for the cost. Sweet!
All time favourite, grosser Körper mit Süsse. langer Abgabg
Absolut ingen äcklig rom men något saknas för att den ska nå upp till sitt 15-åriga syskon som är ruggigt god.
The 12-year one is quite sweet but not to sweet. It’s very easy to drink and a perfect rum to take your first steps with into the rumworld. It’s very fruity and you can also taste honey and dark sugar.
Really good vanilla flavoured rum. Price-quality is fine!
I expected more form this rum, the rum was ok but I feel my anticipation clouded my judgement
This rum is sweet with a noticable taste of oranges. Good while sipping slowly!
One of my favorite! excellent nose with with deep brown color! Taste sweet in the mouth and long finish....for me without ice or water or anything else.
I was traveling in Canada and found that they had a lot more if a selection than at home so I picked up a bottle. I drank it mostly on the rocks and it was quite good. Slightly sweet with a nice finish. Since it was very hot I also made dark and stormy.
Very nice rum, with a natural looking light-brown/orangy colour. On the nose you get a lot of fruit and a sweetness also very subtle hints of chocolate. The taste is quite sweet, light and fruity. It doesn't have a very long finish. It's a good simple supper if you're not feeling like a complex rum and just want to sit and enjoy.
Much like Don Julio to Tequila, El Dorado offers a high quality introduction to rum and is truly superb when you reach the top of their line. This 12 year is a perfect intro to their world that only gets better as you go further in.
By the time I finished the El Dorado, I had already had a change of heart, and time has only solidfied my feelings. ED12 is very good rum, but it is not top notch. Too simple and too sweet, IMHO. But I'm leaving my original comments below because they did represent my feelings at the time, and readers deserve to see a more positive side to this nevertheless very respectable rum.
After reading up on rums, I finally settled on the Mount Gay XO and El Dorado 12 as a complementary pair that each offers a great tasting experience at a relatively affordable price (about $45 & $55 respectively). I once had Ron Zacapa XO, so I know what a "10" can taste like. To be fair, I'd have to try the Zacapa with these to really know how much - if any - separation there really is. But what I can say is that regardless of the exact score, what the majority of people have written here and on other websites is spot on: Mount Gay XO is for people who want that whiskey twang, while El Dorado 12 has a pure, smooth rum flavor. Both are very sophisticated, and alternating between them (or even mixing them occasionally!) really helps keep both fresh and interesting. I also recommend to anyone out there who only drinks rum to expand out as I did (originally only drank whiskey) and get some whiskey and some brandy, too. All very different and worthwhile tasting experiences. Enjoy!
P.S. I'm using this same basic text for both my Mount Gay XO and El Dorado 12 reviews.
Not overly expensive but very smooth with a hint of sweet. Easy to sip dark rum
Good for sipping. Best straight up............................
Good sipping rum. One of the better ones. Aroma is pleasant and it has a very smooth taste and finish.
Great rum for its price. It's pretty affordable, sweet and not too strong on the alcohool. Great to sip all by itself.
This is had a thicker consistency than I was expecting and was quite sweet. The flavor profile presented spice, vanilla, caramel, and molasses. Beyond the sweetness I think this would be an incredible rum. However, the more I drink it, the more I'm liking it.
El Dorado 12-Year rum review by Mike at Ultimate Rum Guide