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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.
As a newbie to sipping rums, this was the first bottle that really made me want to come back for more. Super smooth with a lovely sweet, but not overly-sweet flavour. Sweet-smokey vanilla on the nose and dark toffee/caramel on the palate. Delightful stuff, would recommend to anyone.
Upon the recommendation of my friend Mark, as a top notch sipping rum and for use in my tiki cocktails that call for a demerara, I bought this today at total wine. I first tried it neat, lovely caramel aroma, and taste, smooth as silk, no burn and sweet aftertaste. This is my first real quality sipping rum in my bar, I mostly make tiki drinks using Jeff “beachbum” Berry’s app, Total Tiki, but my friend Mark suggested El Dorado as his favorite sipping rum and I am really hooked on how good a top quality rum can be when enjoyed neat. i also made a Shrunken Skull with it and rhum barbancourt, lime juice and monin grenadine and it was fantastic. It’s lingering delicious flavor has me wanting more! My only other quality sipping reference is from last night when I tried Diplimatico reserva, at the Mai Kai, it was sweeter but they are both amazing, I’d say I prefer the El Dorado as it seems smoother and less sweet.
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.
Firstly you get not a solera-(which is not always bad) but actual 12 years old rum and it shows.
Even the smell is a messenger something good is on its way.
First sip neat and you get a complex mix of burbon/cognac complexity of tastes but in the aftertaste you are reminded of the obvious that it is actually a rum. It is sweet and very smooth. Notes of honey, oak, spice, coconut and zest fruits. Someone like me who is a newby, will be blown away by the complexity.
On the rocks with little club soda was a way to go for me (as it is shown in the picture) as it does not lose any taste but only gets smoother to drink.
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"El Dorado 12-Year rum review by Mike at Ultimate Rum Guide"
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