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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.
It's a well-matured ultra-mellow South American molasses rum. I love a Zacapa 23, this is IMO marginally better. Nice bottle, cork stopper.
Glass: Dark amber
Nose: Full aroma of dried fruit and nuts, hint of spice
Mouth: VERY mellow, all the fruit and toffee you need, restrained sweetness with a hint of wood. Excellent balance, that lingers.
Burn: Gentle, subtle - leaves you wanting more.
It is a clear cut above the El Dorado 12 and in fact all the other demeraras I've tried.
In certain circles, rums aren't considered as refined and nuanced as other spirits, El Dorado 21 is my answer to them. It's moderately priced and reasonably available, but the craftsmanship, history, and sippablity of this rum puts it in league with the finest spirits on the market. It's a solid 9 out of 10, not just against other rums, but across the board. Toffy, vanilla, caramel, oak, black pepper, smoke, molasses, fig, notes of honey and sugar cane. I sip this rum after dinner, neat, no water, just straight rum and it's pretty damn close to perfect.
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
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This is a heavy, sweet, lovely balanced, yet often challenging rum.
It is however, quite expensive, and thus, the 15 yo is the better value for money in my opinion.
I truly enjoy drinking this rum. It's not my favorite but is usually easier for me to find locally. Nice and smooth and I love the smokey finish
This has such a different flavor profile than anything else in my collection. Almost tastes a little musky, a hint olivey. Must be those heritage stills they use... It's a great one to round out your bar with something a little different, and very interesting.
Not one to buy in a miniature bottle, you must have at least three measures to fully experience the depth with this one, smooth all the way to the stomach, pleasing on the tongue...maybe a touch expensive (the 8 year is more pleasant on the pocket)..
Color : Amber with dark gold gleam.
Flavour : Dry wood and spicy notes, well balanced with a light leather and nuts aroma.
Palate : Dry with excelent long lasting finish, the nuts and the wood remain long after ingestion.
Just started a new job and my wife bought me this as a gift. The El Dorado 12 is my go to rum. This is so much more complex a rum. This is not as sweet as the 12 but is just as thick in the mouth. Definitely let it sit in your glass before sipping let it breath a little . You will not be disappointed.
A good sample of Dry Rum with lot of taste. Too many times Dry=less flavour, but not with El Dorado 21. This is one nicely balanced Rum with full scale of flavours from oak to spiciness.
El Dorado rums are classics, but the 21 years is distinguished by an exceptional taste that elevates the standards of rum to the best I've had the chance to taste. Unlike other rums, it is assembled with a minimum of 21 years old rums and not, as usual, containing at least the oldest at 21 years old (solera). From Guyana, it is aged in oak barrels and distilled in over 200 years old wooden stills. Knowing these technical details it is easier to understand the wealth behind this rum. Just the bronze color and even with the slowly running legs on the glass, we can guess the aging of more than two decades. Iin the mouth it is dry with oak aromas, spices (vanilla, cinnamon) and brown sugar. A small smoked aroma packs all, in a almost perfect harmony. In the final, vanilla dominates, but a little chocolate taste is also present. From beginning to end there is no burn, no tingling, just a balance flavor that gives this rum superb qualities. Enjoy it alone, without ice, without accompaniment. The 12 and the 15 years old are quite special rum, but with the 21, El Dorado is distinguished from others.
Les rhums El Dorado sont des classiques, mais le 21 ans se démarque par un gout exceptionnel qui élève les standards du rhum jusqu’aux meilleurs que j’ai eu la chance de gouter. Contrairement aux autres rhums, celui-ci est assemblé avec des rhums de minimum 21 ans et non, comme à l’habitude, contenant au plus vieux un rhum 21 ans (solera). De la Guyane, Il est vieilli dans des fûts de chêne et distillé dans des alambics de bois de plus de 200 ans. Il est plus facile en sachant ces détails techniques de comprendre la richesse derrière ce rhum. Juste à la couleur bronze et même à la lenteur que les jambes descendent sur le verre, on en devine le vieillissement de plus de deux décennies. Il est gras dans le verre, mais en bouche il est sec avec des arômes de chêne, d’épices (vanille, cannelle) et de sucre brun. Un petit côté fumé emballe le tout dans une harmonie presque parfaite. En finale, la vanille domine, mais un petit gout chocolaté est aussi présent. Du début à la fin il n’y a pas de brulure ni de picotement, juste un équilibre entre les arômes qui donne à ce rhum des qualités superbes. Il se déguste seul, sans glaces, sans accompagnement. Déjà le 12 et le 15 sont assez spécial comme rhum, mais avec le 21, El Dorado se distingue des autres.
I tried this for the first time yesterday. I will add more comments after I have tried it a few more times.
Beautiful medium brown color. Smokey caramel (tobacco?) on the nose. Is this a signal of 21 years in charred oak? In the mouth, chocolate and a stronger presence of tobacco. The finish is long, with hints of banana and vanilla. All in all, this is a very complex rum, and by far the oldest I have yet tasted. The presence of smoke is new to my young rum-tasting experience.
This is a great sipping rum and it’s very smooth. So smooth that if you drink it on the rocks it has zero burn in the finish. Tastes like a delicious caramel treat. You’d be hard pressed to find a 21 year old that costs less than this one, so it’s actually a good value despite being around $90-$100 Canadian. I highly recommend this if you’re in the market for your first 20+ year old rum.
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Great sipping rum. It is soooooo good that I believe it is a crime to add ice or mix. Hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.
Smooth touch with a minor dry finish that stays a while..
Truely loved the first sniff I took at it, So many aroma's running free when you swirl it just once after that first sniff.
When you poor that first sip on your tongue the rum really comes together.
Oak, tabbacco, vanilla , just a couple of flavors that come to mind.
Great rum , but the price is accordingly high.
Rum El Dorado 21 I have an unbeatable smell and taste, the best I have ever drank. The scent is exclusive.
This rum is a rum I can't keep in the house to long it goes down very nice smooth a little thick but goes down nicecand with the right cigar you can be in a different world
Sipping for special occasions only. Good body and nose with a very smooth finish. Looking forward to the next special occasion.
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
This is a superb rum, only thing for me is i find it reminiscent of drinking very good cognac, edging towards being like a fine armagnac and would prefer it a bit more like the 15yr old, but thats just my personal feeling and still a very fine rum indeed.
One of the Greats in the Rum world. If it wasn't so expensive I would use it as a daily sipper. 15 YO is a lot cheaper, and isn't that much different. you always know that with an el dorado you are getting a true to label aged rum
El Dorado 21-Year rum review by The Ultimate RumGuide