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El Dorado 21 is produced near the equator in Guyana by Demerara distillery. The final product is a blend of rums, aged between 21 and 25 years and crafted using 100% locally sourced Demerara sugar. Traditional tools are used in the distilling processes including three unique wooden stills. The rums rest until maturity in 45 gallon oak casks.
Now this is some good stuff
Hits like an oak log but finishes like pancake syrup without the maple. Cant say its a giant leap from the other El Dorado products and therefore I question the substantial price difference.
Smagt på Romhattens romsmagning i Århus august 2020. Har bare altid været skuffet over El Dorado ift hvad mine forventninger har været og andres vurderinger.
Bottle: Classic El Dorado shape, which I really like.
Color: Beautiful dark mahogany.
Aroma: Vanilla, dark chocolate, caramel and a little wood.
Taste: It is soft, but too whiskey for me. I probably should have allowed the rum to stand more or drip some water into it. The taste was dominated by caramel and especially dark chocolate.
The aftertaste is long and intense.
Most reviews rate this rum very high, but I was quite (even given the price) disappointed. The color and especially the aroma greatly exceeded the impression of the taste. I expected a slightly sweeter taste. If you like drier rums, you will probably be satisfied.
Overall rating: 8,5 out of 10
Ver 1.0: pour the glass, drink right away. Some strange alcohol will bug you. Score 8.
Ver 2.0: let's it breath for a while, 7min for instance. All the bouquet opened. One part of oak, one of demerara sugar, 7 of dates, ecsotic fruits and 1 part of pure magic. Scored 10.
We loved this, what little we had. We got a dram of it (can't really afford much more than that), and tasted it alongside the 5, 12 and 15 year old expressions. The 15 year old was really the sweet spot of flavor... the 21 lost some of the more interesting notes, but retained just a bit of the dried fruit; I likened it more to prune than sour cherry, but either way, it has that tiny bit of pucker still left, and almost all of the sugar gone. Going from the 5 to the 21 was shocking, but from 12 to 15 to 21 you can definitely see the progression. For our money, we'll keep the 12 in stock with the 15 as a special buy, but this one is probably not going to be on our shelf unless we hit the numbers.
It's not my favourite only because I don't feel emotionally attached to it, but rum actually doesn't really get better than this...
Nez : Mélasse, caramel et fruits rôtis.
Bouche : Puissance et rondeur, intensité et finesse. Boisé, fumé et caramel.
Finale : Longue avec un côté salé.
The nose is more reserved that I expected but it still a very nice integration of wood and spice. The palate has sweetness but not as much some reviews suggest, imo. There’s a lovely and harmonious integration of wood, molasses, and spice on the palate. The finish reminds me of molasses cookies. I do agree with others that the ED 15 year old seems to outshine this older expression. The 15 is more “in your face” in both the nose and palate. The same conclusion can be reached when tasting various single malt whiskies too - older isn’t always better for a given distillery. That being said, this is a very fine, serious sipping rum that you can’t go wrong serving to others.
"El Dorado 21-Year rum review by The Ultimate RumGuide"
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