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El Dorado 21-Year rum

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.

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Posted about 3 years ago by Alex from Canada with 23 ratings

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.

Posted about 3 years ago by Gungun from Sweden with 33 ratings

Faktiskt bara den näst bästa av de tre. Den 12-åriga är helt klart bäst som är en stark 9.

Posted about 3 years ago by GH (PREMIUM) from United States with 15 ratings

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.

Posted about 3 years ago by Niklas from Sweden with 69 ratings

Väldigt rund och smakrik. Förmodligen en del tillsatt socker men klart köpvärd.

Posted about 3 years ago by Daniel from Sweden with 36 ratings

Very nice rum. Needs to rest 20-30 min. But i prefer 15 year

Posted about 3 years ago by Jan Staněk from Czech Republic with 104 ratings

This is actually very nice rum, but could be smoother for this price.

Posted about 3 years ago by Michael Huff from United States with 81 ratings

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.

Posted about 3 years ago by Wekke from Belgium with 64 ratings

I recently bought myself the little sample pack with the 12, 15 and 21 yo el dorado.
I found this the best one.
But ! if i look at the prices of big bottles i see that this one is twice the price of the 15 yo.
So if (and this will happen) i buy a full bottle, it will be the 15.
they are all very good if you ask me.

Posted about 3 years ago by Alan from United States with 83 ratings

A rich dark Demerara rum delivers an unexpectedly dry initial impression, despite the added sugars. Add an ice cube to bring out additional layer of flavors that elevate this rum. It would rate higher if not for the price point and additives. Aging a rum for 21 years is costly, but there are other other rums at lower price points that are equally as tasty.

Posted almost 3 years ago by Drew Stephens from United States with 19 ratings

A richly flavored sipping rum with a bit of sweetness to round out the flavor. Not spicy, reminds me of Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva but with less sweetness.

Posted almost 3 years ago by Peter from Slovakia with 74 ratings

Tento rum je velmi podobny svojmu mladsiemu 12y bratovi ktory stoji min. o polovicu menej. Chutov mi ide na burbon/whiskey

Posted almost 3 years ago by Matt A from Canada with 12 ratings

Excellent sipping rum with complex flavours including leather, oak and spicy vanilla...longish finish. However, the 15 is likely just as good, at significantly less cost

Posted almost 3 years ago by Gerome from United States with 38 ratings

It taste different then the 15 and 12... All have the same after taste, it's what's in the mouth and nose that's different.. for the cost I say stick to the 15. I wasn't fond of the 12's nose it reminded me of nail polish and honey... I like the 21 taste in the mouth it's not full body, it has a long after taste of something sweet I can't put my finger on it. I'll keep my 15 and be happy.

Posted almost 3 years ago by Tim East from Netherlands with 7 ratings

Nose: oak, spices (vanilla) and honts of chocolate
Taste: full and round with a little bit, some nuts and raisins
Aftertaste: caramel, vanilla and caramelised apricot

Posted about 2 months ago by Forbzie from Canada with 4 ratings

I expected this to be a mature version of the 12 or 15 but strangely it had a completely different profile. It had more of a fruit taste with hints of earthiness. It’s profile was closer to rye than rum.

I just cracked it open so I hope to post a better 2nd review.

Posted over 2 years ago by Mr Prickle from United Kingdom with 9 ratings


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.

Posted about 1 year ago by Ryan Rosebush from United States with 31 ratings

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.

Posted over 2 years ago by Kamamura from Czech Republic with 28 ratings

The color in glass is intensely dark brown, no doubt a result of caramel coloring.

The nose is fruits, leather, and an off-putting, turpentine-like odor that is quite peculiar.

On the palate, there is a lot of smokines, interesting balance between the dried apricots, plums, and smokiness. The mouthfeel, however, is surprisingly thin and the finish is shorter that expected from a 21 years of aging. The tannins are present in respectable force, but held back by the added sugar.

I would very much like to taste this without the sweeteners, but alas, rums today are what they are.

Not a bad taste on its own, just not an honest one.

Posted about 1 year ago by RumDontWalkFIN from Finland with 1 rating

Smooth easy taste but too sweet when compared to El Dorado 15 years.

Posted over 2 years ago by Shane from Canada with 2 ratings

I love the El Dorado rums. Of all of the rum brands that I have tried these are definitely my favourite. I must say though having done a blind taste test of El Dorado 12,15,21 straight myself and a friend agreed that the 12 tasted just as good as the 21. With coke, there seems to be no difference. I love the 21 but would rather buy 2+ bottles of the 12 instead.

Posted over 5 years ago by Allan Bjerreskov from Denmark with 116 ratings

I had heard so much good about this rum, so my expectations were very high. It is indeed a quality sipper, but for me it just isn't up there with the best. I prefer more heavy and thick rums like the Abuelo Centuria.

Posted about 2 years ago by Serge Dufresne from Canada with 17 ratings

Disponible à la SAQ. C'est le rhum, le plus dispendieux que je me suis payé mais n'était pas mon meilleur. Par contre, je dois admettre que son classement variait pendant une dégustation de rhums, selon le type de cigares qui l'accompagnait.

Posted about 2 years ago by Simon from Switzerland with 9 ratings

This room is quite heavy for my taste, I do prefer more refined rums, but the taste does grow on you with more sips.

Posted 7 months ago by The_Earl from United Kingdom with 8 ratings

Smooth, deep with a lasting honey aftertaste. Best served neat