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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 bought this rum on a friend's recommendation and I can only agree. Excellent rum, pleasantly sweet, smooth with caramel flavor. I'm looking forward to the 15-year El Dorado.
Well this one has ruined most other rums for me now. It's just awesome, quite sweet but I enjoy that. Pretty good deal at $40cad. I want to share this with people to get them to appreciate rum but am torn because I want it all for myself. I would highly recommend this.
i love the taste that will keep in your mouth.. the flavour is just perfect, full of different spice
Exceptionally smooth rum. Tried my friends and forgot to review so had a second try a month later and appreciated it's quality even more.
Lovely rum good sipped neat or mixed. Fruity with a touch of vanilla and a light smokey flavour that is enjoyable with a good cigar. Reminds me of a more refined Havana club seven year but, just slightly and definitely more complex. I will certainly buy again... Tomorrow actually since I'm enjoying my last 2.5oz of it as I write this.
Sweet and warm, with good essences of smoked wood. It's a rum for "every day" drinking. Not to much complex, but good structure and pleasant to taste with friends.
Drink it about two years ago, but still its my top 10 drinks.
Un rom fin, arome discrete și un aftertaste elgant. O alegere perfecta oricând.
Bit unpleasant smell the beginning. But after a while it goes to oranges.
Lecorice, brown sugar and smoky oak can be recognized in the taste.
Caramel in the finish.
Yip this is the critter that started me off down the Rum track. Before this rum it was Bacardi or whatever was cheap. This rum at first shocked me because of the way it hits you up front and not being a previous rum aficionado was slapped off my seat. Now when i partake I find that this is an excellent rum. Not real sweet, nice nose, mouth feel, body and finish. Excellent neat.
Nose: Oak. Immediately there is wood on the nose, some liquorice and a touch of aniseed. A little tar, some petrol and smoke. Once the savoury notes die down there is some sweet honeycomb, caramel, almost bourbon’esc. A lot going on in there, lovely nose.
Palate: Sweet delivery, shame – too much sugar. Good mouth-feel. The sweet hit moves out of the way and then it’s oak again, but more restrained than on the nose. Little of that liquorice with the smoke and then it gets fruity; bananas and that dried tropical fruit that you get in those snack packs in the “healthy” section of supermarket aisles. This actually reminds me of single pot still Irish whiskey, think Redbreast 15 year old if you’ve ever had that.
Finish: Medium in length and stays sweet; that honeycomb is back, caramel, some vanilla and a touch of milky coffee. A little tiny bit of smoky leather in there somewhere too. Given the sugar that is in this it’s not bad at all actually, sticky on the lips still but the sugar isn’t dulling it down half as much as I expected.
This is a sweet rum so when I looked at all the comments I knew this was one for me.
It's nice and warm and smells great.
The taste is great and I really enjoy how smooth this one is and what the aftertaste is like.
If I would compare this one to a rum in the same price range though it would say that it's quite mellow compared to the Appleton 12 year because that one really is flavorbomb.
Heavy, smooth, sweet and spicy. On the palate it tastes like Christmas with raisins and oriental spices. Can't get much better for the money. One point gets substracted for adding too much sugar.
soft sponge sweet rum, oak, maybe a little, simple-minded, but that's nitpicking
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I had this alongside the El Dorado 21, 15, and 5 in a blind tasting and it came in 3rd (after the 21 and the 15 - no surprise). It has a nice caramel smell and a good taste to match, but lacks the complexity of the 15, and the 21. Of the four, I'd recommend the 15 (the 21 is too big a price jump and isn't really better than the 15).
This was one of the first aged rums I tried. It was very sweet to me at first, but after a few nights of giving it a try, it really grew on me. By the end of the bottle I came to love this rum. Strong vanilla aroma, smooth all the way through the sweet finish.
I prefer the 12year old more than the 15 or 21 version.
not sharp as the 15 or 21 version, sweeter , and the perfect price
Nose: little bit sweet , spicy , fruity , caramel, smoke , wood
Taste: little bit sweet , spicy ,dark fruit , caramel,vanilla , smoke , wood
Quite good mixing rum, too much sugar added for a sipping rum.
After spending more time with my El Dorado 12 and 15, I have reconsidered my rating and upped the 12 year to a 10. This is to date my favorite rum neat. I think it was slightly sweeter than the 15 year and overall, I just enjoyed it more. Don't get me wrong. No complaints about the 15 year but if I had to choose between the two, I'd take that 12 year.
Initially there is sweet thick cut orange marmalade and spicy Christmas pudding. This is followed by cinnamon, vanilla, brown sugar and toffee. The taste has instant unfaltering sweetness with a little burn and a spice kick There is so much fruitiness to this rum. Orange, banana, apricot, peach and raisins. Sadly ruined by the fact that that it's sweetened
Extremely rich flavor, very smooth, great color, everything you want in a rum. To call it the Cadillac of rums would be to overestimate Cadillacs. I prefer it even to the 15 and 21 and it's as cheap as the intermediate rums of its competitors.
My favourite for regular consumption.. Sweet and complex - I never get sick of it.
One of my favourites by a mile. Can't think of many more I'd prefer to be sipping on for the same price.
Super dark color, a bit of a bit initially but it mellows out after the first sip. Great texture, smooth. It's got a number of flavors, very sweet and a bit dry. Definitely a go-to sipping rum, an easy one to enjoy over and over.
El Dorado 12-Year rum review by Mike at Ultimate Rum Guide