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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.
Recommendable to most
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).
Was really looking forward to this one but didn't totally do it for me. The first thing that got me was the incredible chemical like aroma. Reminded me of my Dad's plastic model glue. While not a terrible smell, it was the strength of it that caught me off guard. It has more of a burn than some of my favorite, couldn't drink this all night but pleased I picked a bottle up. Finishes with a nice caramel aftertaste.
This is sweet smoky deliciousness at a bargain price! (less than $30 locally)if I add a little El Dorado EHP Single Barrel, it gets even better!
EDIT- this went from being a fav to, damn this is undrinkably sweet in about 18 months.
edited to add sugar test results- 35-39g
A few years later, this is still undrinkably sweet.
Michael from the US is way off. The El Dorado 15 is not good. This is up there with the best of them, regardless of price. Far better than the 15.
A very oaky rich and blended aged Rum. Not a "all nighter" but with a couple around a fire or in a hot tub is marvelous.
I see that I'm in a minority here, but I find this a very average rum indeed. A shame as underneath all of it, I think that there is a good rum to be had.
But, and it's a really big but for my taste buds, it is completely ruined by the addition of far far too much sugar. Makes it a very unattractive sipper. Fortunately I have other rums that I'm not completely liking that I have blended with it making a blend whose whole is a lot better than the sum of its parts.
I guess it's easy to say that they would do well to return to more artisan ways, but that's not the way things work.
Still i remember in the begining i get a very good impression , and the bottle ended.
Just fell like writing a review so ...
"El Dorado 12-Year rum review by Mike at Ultimate Rum Guide"
"It’s very sweet and quite light. It’s very easy drinking. As a sipping rum it as easy to drink."
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