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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.
Sugar: 34 gpl. At first this has a sweet wood or chemical type of smell then it gives way to a nice tobacco and smokey wood flavor. The initial bite gives settles down to a nice warm finish. This rum continues to taste better each time I sample it.
It is sweet and is somewhat similar to Diplomatico Exclusiva only this rum has a bit more oak to it. It is the best of the El Dorado line so far. It's worth trying, but at $110 per bottle my thoughts were that the taste does not justify the cost.
I hadn't tasted this in a while, but when I came back to this bottle after a few years, I was surprised at how sweet it is. The added sugar detracts, in my opinion. Otherwise, a fine, well-aged flavorful demerara.
Smooth, deep with a lasting honey aftertaste. Best served neat
A very good rum, but not as great as I expected it to be. A little bit too aggressive and sweet at the same time for me, besides that its very good.
This is a smooth operator here, most of mine take a Coke mix or even a bit of sprite for a change, excellent all around. I do have a preference for the 15 year or 12 year old El Dorado but I am glad I tried this one, so much sampling to do!
Sweet, caramel, tingles nicely on the tongue.
A lot smoother than expected. No burn. Marked down due to the price, although very nice I think there are other rums that done close to this.
Haven’t tried to 15yr yet.
A little in the sweet side for me. I would say I like their 12 year better.
The whisky flavor from 15y is almost gone, instead you have even more oak and tropical fruit.
I've been lucky enough to be able to taste this rum during the Paris RumFest 2014. It was in my wishlist for a long time, so that I was really happy to be able to discover it, knowing that its small brother, 15 years old, is my absolute reference as far as aged rums are concerned.
Hence my expectation was very high and I must admit that I was a bit disappointed ... Indeed this rum is excellent but it is much more acid than the 15 yo. So that the 15 yo will remain my absolute reference.
Very smooth with hints of flavor. sharp on the tongue at first then smooths out to a nice sipper.
Nice El dorado with oaky nose and a less sweet and more spicey taste. My personal preference is for more rounded sweeter rums in this price range, but I would never refuse a sip fron this either :)
This was on my want list for a long time. Tastes wonderful but I might just prefer the 15 year. I got a bottle of this and every time I would drink it I would get really bad heartburn afterwards because it was so sweet and syrupy. I would definitely recommend though and will probably get another bottle at some point.
Considerably drier than I was expecting but extremely drinkable. While perhaps still partial to the 15-year, this presents a nice, complex flavor with an added woody note that is largely absent in the 12 or 15 year bottles. Overall, very happy to have it in my bar but also not sure I’d buy another with some of the other great options out there for similar/less money.
A very nice aged rum, with the added proff making for a very lively taste. Still, it is somewhat sweet for my taste, unlike its younger cousin, the El Dorado 15 year old, which has a much more delicate balance between sweetness and oak.
Yep well made rum, would drink it all day long, just confused as to why the 15yo version tastes better. This is much smoother but I feel it loses it’s body and taste compared to the 15yo.
BIen que je recommande le ED 12 pour l'amateur de rhum de tous les jours, le ED21 saura sans aucun doute vous plaire. Son coût 3x plus élevé que le ED12 et son goût ne justifie p-ê pas un achat. Goutez-y quand vous en aurez la chance. Mais je ne suis pas certain que sur un test à l'aveugle le commun des mortels différencie le ED12, ED15 ou le ED21 bien que le dernier ait des notes un peu plus subtils et une arôme qui se développe doucement.
Faktiskt bara den näst bästa av de tre. Den 12-åriga är helt klart bäst som är en stark 9.
Purchased my 2nd bottle in Florida at $99, even though I hadn't finished the current bottle in my inventory. Butterscotch nose, accented with brown sugar. Rums with a price point of +$75, I always drink "neat." The 21 was no disappointment. Smooth on the palate, caramel notes along with caramel. Excellent product at $99.
Väldigt rund och smakrik. Förmodligen en del tillsatt socker men klart köpvärd.
Very nice rum. Needs to rest 20-30 min. But i prefer 15 year
This is actually very nice rum, but could be smoother for this price.
Compared to rums in the same price range, I did not enjoy the 21. I have not yet tried other El Dorado rums
To my palate, it lacks the smoothness and taste one would expect in this price range. I will stick to the Ron abuelo centenario and zacapa xo for now.
Alkohol: 43 %
Aroma: Zajímavá vůně. Mix rumových pralinek, těžkého exotického dřeva, čokolády, rozinek a překvapivě i trochy ředidla. K tomu se přidává pryskyřičná větrovost. (87 b)
Chuť: Vůně a chuť si jsou velmi blízké. Čokoláda, dřevitost, větrovost a opět ten závan ředidla. (87 b)
Shrnutí: Ochutnal jsem již několikrát, mám doma lahev. Rum to určitě není špatný, ale když přihlédnu k jeho ceně a k tomu, že obě mladší verze, 12 i 15 let jsou nejen výrazně levnější, ale i mi chutnají víc, tak ve výsledku je to vlastně zklamání. Čekal jsem, že se posunu ještě dál, opak byl pravdou.
A very fine choice.
It's comparable to Ron Centenario in its sweetness, but I think that el dorado is a little sweeter. However I think since it embraces the sweetness, it's a little better than Centenario.
Dark flavor but not syrupy, lots of molasses and brown sugar. A very pleasant rum to sip.
El Dorado 21-Year rum review by The Ultimate RumGuide