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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.
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This rum has a wonderfully complex nose of oranges, molasses, apple, and vanilla. These aromas hit you immediately. Upon first impression on the palate all of the above flavors are present and it is delightful. Unfortunately, if you drink it neat the mid-palate has a modelers glue taste which I dislike, which could be explained by the amount of added sugar. However, if enjoyed on the rocks that dissipates. The aftertaste is absolutely lovely comprising of Apple, figs, and caramel that lingers quite a while. Given this experience, I think this rum is best enjoyed on the rocks and allowed to sit a moment. This allows the delightful aromas and wonderful aftertaste to remain while eliminating the more chemical mid-tongue experience. Neat this rum is a 6; on the rocks and allowed to breathe this rum is easily an 8.
**Additional Note** I have found this rum to be the PERFECT baking rum. It’s sweetness and orange notes add amazing character to Rum cake and Crema de Mascarpone recipes
My brother bought this for me as a gift and it was my top rum for a while. Knocked off a little because of sweetness level, but little to complain about otherwise. Lovely sipping rum. Smooth, with rolling layers of flavour. I want one now...
This is my first rum ever. Awesome rum to begin drinking rum. Not as sweet as the diplomatica reserva, but that's a good thing in my opinion. I love it.
Süss und fruchtig am Gaumen.
In der Nase eher interessanter.
It's certainly a characteristically Demerara rum. Naturally sweet and subtly smoky - it's got layers. But I haven't found it to be bursting with flavor that make me dying to come back for more.
It's very Nice to try out, but all things considered, i'd rather take a different rum. It starts really smooth, but has an aftertaste
I’m not great at reviewing, but this rum, on the rocks, is fine any time of the year.
This is one of the better rums, sweet but maybe little too spicy.
This was my first sipping rum. I do enjoy it, but not as much as let's say the 15 year old one. It's a Nice rum, sweet, smooth to drink, and a Fine rum to drink in the evening before going to bed.
Bought a bottle and could not finish it. I wanted to like it. But it was not balanced. I tasted smoky or burnt caramel.
Konzentriertes Dörrobst, intensive Süße, gut eingebetteter Alkohol. Würzig, intensiv, leicht herb im Abgang.
Schöne Farbe, angenehme Süße. Weich und vollmundig.Smooth!
When I first got this, I didn't really know much about rum and sipping rums. Rums had always been mixed with cola, or Ginger and most of this bottle went down that way. Oh the shame. It wasn't until the bottle was almost empty that I tried it neat, and it was amazing. Delicate, not much burn, fruity overtones. I need another bottle to better appreciate it.
Good sipping rum. One of the better ones. Aroma is pleasant and it has a very smooth taste and finish.
This rum is sweet with a noticable taste of oranges. Good while sipping slowly!
I really enjoy this rum mixed with Coke. So far it is the best rum I've found for a cuba libre! It creates a nice froth and a sweet, but not too sweet, flavor different than other rum around the same price. For sipping this rum is good if you're looking for a cheap sip rum. Personally I prefer to pay an extra and get a Mount Gay oreven better a Diplomatico Old Reserva!
I find that the 12 year, hasn't smoothed out enough. It still has that rubbing alcohol bit to it. Now the 15 year old is a different story, much nicer.
One of The first Rum I ever tasted, and it is still In my Collection, fine for sipping 😊
Great option neat. sweet finish vs dry that works well as a nightcap. great option for the price.
I expected more form this rum, the rum was ok but I feel my anticipation clouded my judgement
Great stuff. I use for all drinks that ask for an aged demer
Classic dark rum with a cocoa ending. Burns a little. A good sipper. Some say it is too sweet, but I don’t think so. I prefer it on the rocks, because it become more complex and the flavours comes out. Well rounded.
Personally, I generally like much thinner and less sweet Cuban Rum. This rum is the exception. It is thicker and sweeter than I typically enjoy, but it is definitely not cloying. In Canada, Ontario it is a bargain at around $ 43.00.
I have tried the more expensive 15 year old, which tastes more like a Cuban rum, but the subtle under flavors and thickness just don't work for me.
This 12 year old is in a category all by itself.
Good show !
El Dorado 12-Year rum review by Mike at Ultimate Rum Guide