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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.
A sweet and smooth rum with lots of dried fruit and a long nice aftertaste
This is a nice smooth sipping rum but like flor De cana 25 and my 1981 English harbour they all just lack that wow factor. That extra flavour and richness. Not my favourite but a nice enough rum nonetheless.
A solid 7.
I had only tried the El Dorado rums up to the 15 year. Like many other reviewers on here, I also felt that the 12 year old was their best. I actually rated their 15 year old much less than their 12 year old. Well, with this 21 year going on sale for $100 US and disappearing from shelves almost as soon as it is placed there, I jumped at that foolish chance to finally grab my own bottle. I have also long known about distilled spirits spending "too long in the wood" as being detrimental to the end product. I myself like a woody taste in my rums, but not this damn much! One could probably soak some wood chips in water for the barbecue and instead of adding to the burning charcoal, strain the water into some El Dorado 8 and get close to the same results. Yes, I am exaggerating a bit, but I feel like I have been ripped off in buying this bottle!!! At this price, I would expect a minimum rating of an 8. My initial rating starts as a 7 and it will need time to breathe in the bottle. A snifter of this rum needs to breathe for at least 30 minutes and then a few drops of spring water need to be added. Even with this improvement, it does not boost my rating up to an 8. Hopefully this rating will not tumble down to a 6 like it's 15 year old brother. Maybe it will improve, but I seriously doubt it. The 15 year old Frigate Reserve Rum bought along with this one is a lot better and less than half the price.
I can recommend this one, even I don't like it's been sweetened after distilling.
Nose: light sweet , caramel , dry fruit ,alcoholic,wood
Taste: light sweet, spicy , caramel , alcoholic, dry fruit ,vanilla , sugar,wood.
sharper than the 12 or 15 year old one.
Drier - and tastier - than the 15yo which swims in sweet. Not bad. One can find Demerara flavours in this one, spices and all.
Très diffèrent du 12 et 15 ans. Pour le prix, je préfère le 15 ans. Bon, mais sans plus
My rating will probably rise to a 10 the more I get to know this rum. The 12yr old is lovely but this is an obvious level above. Very rich, dark fruits, not too sweet and a touch of smokiness.
The above was my first reaction, rating at 9. Today it's dropped to a 7. It's obviously a deeper darker version of the 12, more complex and so on, but does this mean it's better? Not for me. I can't yet distinguish all the flavours but I do get an overpowering effect of raisin or prune juice which spoils it.
My views change when I look back at old reviews. Overall opinion of this rum is don't go near it for £80, get two bottles of the 12 yr old instead. This rum was too long in the barrel. For a rum at that price, you shouldn't need to add water to try and kill off the overpowering prune flavour. Diplomatico 2002 is around the same price and far far superior.
i like El Dorado 15 Years better! I taste it with Luigi
In der Nase kommen Aromen von Holz, Rauch, Kaffee, Schokolade und etwas Honig. Im Geschmack kommt noch "Erde" dazu. Der Geschmack ist süß und lang anhaltend. Meiner Meinung kann man hier nicht viel falsch machen, ein Rum der viele ansprechen dürfte.
I must honestly say I thought I was going to love this rum...I don’t. It has a nice bouquet. The taste is good but not my favorite. It is smoky and not too sweet and has some major oak. It almost taste like scotch.
Had high expectations since I'm a big fan of the 12yo, but got a bit disappointed. Still a good rum, but I prefer the 12yo.
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.
Juste un peu déçu par rapport au 15, cependant il m’apporte d’autres saveurs. Au vu du prix, je m’attendais à mieux.
Nose: Lots of oak and your typical Demerara straight away with liquorice, aniseed and a little bit of tar. The brown sugar you use to make cakes with, infact….yes, overcooked and slightly caught fruit cake. Molasses, blackberry jam, prunes, bananas, black coffee and a little bit of smoke. There are some woody spices in there too, your typical cinnamon and clove while a slight mentholly note picks things up a bit. Pretty complex actually and a fair bit lighter (well, less “heavy”) than the 15 year old. Oh, a nice bit of worn leather pops up after a while too. There is a good bit of age on the nose.
Palate: Sweet delivery and semi-viscous mouth feel. Not as bad as I was expecting given I know this is loaded with sugar. Herbal, minty, banana liqueur, prunes, figs, dates, maybe a hint of orange/marmalade. Lighter liquorice, slightly bitter coffee, actually there is a fair amount of bitterness given the sugar levels (too much cask?), black cherry jam and a touch of earthy mushroom. Pretty complex despite the meddling.
Finish: Medium to long, quite sappy and actually bitters off with some strong oak. Touches of leather, cigar smoke and a burst of bitter orange marmalade, some black coffee and a handful of fresh herbs. Ends with that fuzzy buzz you get with altered rum and the lingering taste if a confusing mix of sweet and bitter that’s not entirely pleasant nor is it unpleasant.
I have yet to be wowed by an Eldorado rum. One priced at £75 you might think would achieve that but not even close.
Maybe not a "wow" drink but certainly a pleasant tipple.
Une histoire qui se répète pour la famille El Dorado ...
Comme ses deux frères .. 12 et 15 ans.
Simplement trop cher pour un produits hyper commercial.
Bon, mais à ce prix, trop de bouteilles passent devant !
If I could afford it, I'd drink this more regularly. Allthough the price point probably makes me savor it more as a rare treat. I taste caramel, tobacco, toffee, light citrus, and bananas enveloped in a rich smooth sweetness.
edited to add sugar test results-16-33g too much!
of course smoother and finer than 15y, but for me simplier 12y is still better demerara taste.
Not very expensive given the age, but not nearly as smooth as one would expect either. Fair price @ $100 cdn for the bottle, but nothing to get overly excited over.
A little too sweet for me. I'd rather have the 15 yeah old from El Dorado.
Lidt overraskende her lige smagt på en El 12 og 15 og jeg syntes at el 15 var den bedste . Der var en smule bitterhed i den, og jeg syntes at smagen forsvinder for hurtig for en Rom i den prisklasse lidt skuffet 😞
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.
El Dorado 21-Year rum review by The Ultimate RumGuide