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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.
This is a fine rum but i would say it's pretty much on the same level as the 15 year and not a big step above. The 15 year arguably has a slightly better finish but the taste of the 21 year is just ever so slightly superior. Nice oak barrel taste going on! You can definitely own both as they are different but i wouldn't say one is better than the other.
I bought this rum together with the plantation xo, just to give it a try. Was not disappointed!
Nice bottle, sweet smell. No burning sensation, very smooth.
Has a mild taste of raw sugarcane that took me back to my childhood.
Would definitely recommend!
Good, but then the 15 years is also good!
Quite a price difference.
Smell: black tea, caramel, dried fruit, some vanilla, some spice. Slightly better balanced than ElD15.
Taste: A lot of spice, light sweetness comes through (slightly sweeter than ElD15), caramel, nice long burning finish, slight bitterness.
I think friends of Dictador could like it.
It tastes richer than ElD15, but the price is too high for this small improvements.
ElD15 tastes a bit more watery. Go for ElD15, it's much better value for the price.
Sweetness: 2 / 5
Spice: 4.5 / 5
Fruits: 3 / 5
Geruch: schwarzer Tee, Karamell, getrocknete Früchte, etwas Vanille, etwas Gewürz. Etwas ausgewogener als ElD15, aber recht ähnlich.
Geschmack: Viel Würze, leichte Süße kommt durch (etwas süßer als ElD15), Karamell, schöner langer Abgang, leichte Bitterkeit.
Ich denke, Freunde von Dictador könnten ihn mögen.
Es schmeckt besser als ElD15, aber der Preis ist zu hoch für diese kleinen Verbesserungen.
ElD15 schmeckt etwas wässriger. Ich würde ElD15 bevorzugen, er hat ein besseres Preis-Leistungsverhältnis.
Würze: 4 / 5
I rate it the same score as 15y. I would not say it is better than 15y.. its different. Its little bit smoother and creamy. On the nose you can feel tobaccoo, caramel and coffee. In the mouth flavours of vanilla, tobacco, oak and fruit. Not sure about the price... but my rating is based all about taste.
Naozaj chutný rum. Možno som po ochutnaní 12YO a 15YO čakal o čosi viac. Je výborný,ale v danej cenovej kategórii pre mňa nie top. Cítiť tropické tóny,jemnú drevitost a je naozaj plný chuti.
Price ~110 euro in Europe per bottle
“With a little help from my friends”, just like in song from Beatles.
This one is Guayana Rum (north part of the South America), from very historical important region - Demerara. But not about this region I wonted to talk today. Mostly I want focus on El dorado now and say two things about this Rum. One bad and one good. The good one that a number what you find on bottle is correct, it is the youngest age of rum you can find in bottle. This is fair politics in ‘Demerara distillers’. The second thing is that in the rum was added sugar. In ED 12 and ED 15 much more, than it is in 21 years old, but anyway I don’t agree with that fact.
But however, this El dorado 21 is very good! So be sure, you don’t feel this sweet additions from sugar here!
Color: 7;7,5-10 to darkest
Nose: deep, rich, caramel, bitter black chocolate, smoke notes, toffee, vanilla.
Palate: it tastes not as sweet as when you smell it. Very rich and complex. There is so much... it’s like you finish small puzzle before with some 10 pieces and now you take this El Dorado 21, and here is much more, hundreds of pieces... you need time and patience to “open your palate now”.
At start with first sips I found it little bit oily. Molasses, ginger, notes of spice and wood prevail in your mouth.
Very smooth and long aftertaste. It just like wave what covers you in “slow motion”. Again smooth, leather, dry, and finish with spices.
I was expecting a smooth ride. Strong flavour but harsh after taste.
Sono rimasto sorpreso da ciò che questo rum può offrire. All'olfatto è mielato/fruttato, al palato al primo impatto può sembrare un po' troppo legnoso con una marcata nota affumucata ma si fa tubito strada un finale davvero delizioso di sentori di caffè e cioccolato che risulta molto persistente. Un rum davvero valido, senza dubbio da provare almeno una volta. Io sono alla seconda bottiglia e chissà che non arriveri la terza!
Skvělý kousek, kdo má v oblibě El Dorado bude nadšený, velká dobrota!
Smooth, deep with a lasting honey aftertaste. Best served neat
I am a huge fan of the 12...I have also enjoyed a bottle of single barrel, which is excellent. The 21 is definitely more oaky, with a huge flavor character of caramel, spices, plum, fruit, and vanilla. Definitely better neat. It’s not as sweet as the 12, which I actually like as a change of pace, still a smokey Demerara but definitely closer to a nice scotch.
This is actually a very good rum. Well balanced and so on, but it is not my kind of rum. I actually think the 15y is a better alternative from a pure taste perspective.
My immediate thought after first tasting was like a mild whiskey. Flavors are nice after the initial mild kick but it's not for me at this price point.
El Dorado, 12r niečo super, 15r fantastický, človek by čakal stúpajúcu tendenciu ale dostane trošku iný smer. Výborný rum, viac sladkosti a sud na úrovni koňaku. Strata svojej korenistej línie na úkor veku. Ale inak fantastické pitie ak nečakáte postupnosť 12-15-21.
I have tasted $30 and $40 rums that are way more complex and better tasting than this. Is good but not great, for that price I was expecting a more viscous spirit with a longer finish and better flavor. Not worth then money, if you like El Dorado rums stick to the 15 years, its a lot better in my opinion.
Drier - and tastier - than the 15yo which swims in sweet. Not bad. One can find Demerara flavours in this one, spices and all.
Sweet flavourful rum
I will drink this bottle very slowly and selectively
Similar notes to the 12 year but not as sweet some nice caramel and vanilla notes
El Dorado 21-Year - good !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Excellent in it’s pure one-note brown sugar flavor and balance of sweet and bitter, with only a hint of wood that doesn’t overpower. Rum purists will love this one!
Appearance: Medium Amber
Aroma: Brown sugar, very slight wood rosin
Taste: Slightly sweet, slightly bitter
Flavor: Brown sugar, only a hint of wood
Texture: Light body, very smooth once you get past the sting of alcohol
Finish: Long, brown sugar, and then mild molasses at the end
Taste 8,1/10. Almost same as good as 25 at 1/5 of the price. Strong flavour with cognac-rum taste... fruity, little sweet & semi dry, it burns! Nice try but not 100% for my taste...
One of the best out there. But between the 15 and the 21. The taste difference is so slight. The price difference though... I'd go for the 15. Even the 12 is the bomb !! My go to for best bang for your buck. If I wanna splurge. Kirk and sweeney !! If not el dorado is the bomb !!!
This rum seems to me a mixture of 12 and 15 years old.
Have a 12-year-old sweetness and 15-year-old spiciness.
Good smell of honey.
This is a great stuff, but is overpriced. The 15 years old costs half the price.
El Dorado 21-Year rum review by The Ultimate RumGuide