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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.
I don't know why I don't really like this one I've read lots of good reviews and when I finally try this one something was missing I don't know why... I must try another time and for sure I will
One of my first rum, nothing special about it. I dont quite remember anything about the taste after almost a year, so it speaks for itself.
For the price point i wanted just a bit more of everything. Cheaper rums do the same job of mixing in a blender for less dough
En af mine første rom. Den var knap så sød som forventet. Udmærket til prisen.
I tasted a bit of smoked something in the mouth. The nose was not to my liking .. it first smells like nail polish then it smells like sweet molasses then again back to a acetone aroma. The taste was that of a el Dorado older brother but with the young age shinning thru with the burn and thinness. I hate to say it but the other reviews were right. After 3 years of being a none believer and trying it for myself. Everyone should try them all once in a lifetime before choosing the 15 yr lol. Enjoy
Very complex and earthy (some petrol notes) but quickly becomes cloying with syrupy sweetness. At 40% with additives, this rum is really holding back punches.
A very good quality to price ratio in my market but it always makes me feel some resentment.
Nose: Strong salted butter toffee note, then candied almonds, vanilla, allspice, raisins and hint of sweet coconut flakes and maple syrup.
Taste: Like the nose. Syrupy sweetness. Way too sweet for my taste
Finish: sugary smooth, medium, oaky with a little acidic port wine note on the end. The syrupy sweetness, acidity and oakiness dont work together, for me atleast.
Overall: Could be great but is way too sweet , after a small 15ml pour i've had enough of it for the day. But as a tiki mixer, this is fantastic stable product to use. Im sad they decided to add so much sugar to otherwise lovely rum.
I like rums with full flavour and a little sweet, but this rum is very sweet and has not full flavour, better than average.
This is another over prices El Dorado rum. It's clear we are paying for the bottle as opposed to what's inside. And, once again the added sugar to an agricole is shameful...
Tried this one on its own a couple of times and I was not so pleased with it but then I had some chocolate while sipping it and then it was really nice.
Op zich een goede smaak maar veel te zoet. Beter Neem je de 8 jaar of 15 jaar.
Rhum beaucoup trop sucré, très commerciale...
Ne vaut pas les dollars investies, comme chacun de ses frères de 15 et 21.
Bon produit de milieu de game... Juste trop cher !
Sjov krads kortvarig smag som ikke afrundes eller foldes ud synes dybden udebliver.
Pris. 200 DV
Lækker Rom med masser af smag og behageligt eftersmag, kan sagtens drikkes af alle
If you dump 8 sugar cubes into your coffee, you'll love this. It has so much potential, but I can't get around the added sugar. Otherwise palatable, but I can't handle more than two before switching to something less sweet.
The color in the glass is the standard dark, glowing brown hue induced by caramel coloring.
The nose is warm, inviting, with a slight turpentine-like off note usual in El Dorado rums. Dried fruits, ginger bread.
Sugar dominates the palate, counter-balanced by some oak and moderate smoky spice. Notes of apricot marmelade and dates. The mouthfeel is rather thin, with an acidic overtone, the finish is oak with lingering sugar.
IMO weakest of the 12, 15, 21 offerings.
Bought a bottle and could not finish it. I wanted to like it. But it was not balanced. I tasted smoky or burnt caramel.
Verstehe die hohen Ratings nicht. Irgendwie langweilig.
It took me several days to finally find a bottle of this fantastic 12-year-old rum from Guyana. I had not had it in quite some time and forgot about how good it is. I did remember doing a side by side taste test years ago between the 12 year old and 15 year old. I still remember that the 12 year old was the better buy and it is the only vintage that is always sold out at any local liquor store. Many others obviously agree.
The flavors are so complex that they change with each neat sip. It would be an absolute disgrace to use this rum as a mixer. The only reason that I have not rated this one as a perfect 10 is that there are no doubt a few better rums out there that I have not tried, but not at this low price of only $31.
There is a phrase in bourbon jargon called "too long in the wood". This simply means that optimum aging for spirits is 9-12 years. Anything beyond 12 years actually detracts from the perfect taste by adding wooden barrel flavors (a case in point is Flor de Cana 18). Those who prefer the higher aged rums either like that woody whiskey flavor or simply need to justify spending the extra money on their bottles. However, if I see one of those 21 year old rums at a bar, I may try just one shot for the heck of it. I would probably feel like a fool for buying a whole bottle. If anything works, don't fix it.
Update: My last bottle is now long gone, but deemed to be one of only two sugar bombs worth replacing. The other sugar bomb is Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva. My new bottle will remain unopened for quite some time. When finally opened, I will record that date in my spreadsheet to make sure that it gets consumed within two months. Sugar bombs never last beyond 3-4 months due to oxidation in the bottle.
Update August 4, 2019: After finding many damn good dry rums, I now find this overly sugared rum not so appealing as from first sip. My rating now drops down from a 9 to a 6. It has gone from delightful to disgusting in only a matter of six weeks after opening. Stay away from all sugar bombs like this one!!!!
My previous expensive rums had been some variations of Bacardi but this very dark rum is just way too sweet.
It is easy to drink and most people would probably like it, I find it far too sugary though.
Lite rå. Okej yngling, kul att ha tillsammans med "syskonen"
Po precteni hodnoceni tady, jsem se na tenhle rum opravdu tesil, bohuzel prislo mirne zklamani.
I don’t like this rum. Fells bitter without anything special to find in it.
So many reviewers rate this above more expensive rums. And I would have rated my first bottle higher. But the current bottle is showing a ending bitterness and a thin, alcoholic mouthfeel that is off-putting. I have 2 full bottles from the same time and source as the first, so I will hope that going back to that batch will improve matters.
El Dorado 12-Year rum review by Mike at Ultimate Rum Guide