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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 beautiful bright burnt orange, rust colored liquid with legs that slowly return to the pool below. Molasses, toffee, tobacco aromas and a complex flavor as it flows down the sides of the tongue and a long soft burn that ends soon after entering the throat. A very enjoyable sipping rum but I prefer ones that are darker with a deeper richer flavor.
I get brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, and toffee. As the glass sits I can pick up orange, spice and chocolate. It smells massively complex. Sadly dulled by the ageing practices
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.
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)..
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.
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
absolutely wonderfull, rich, complex
The bartender at the Rum House in NYC bought the wife and I a pour of this as we were leaving. I have a bottle of the 15 YO at home, but the 21 takes it up a notch.
Really interesting nose, vanilla and mandarin hints. Bouquet of flavours, rich. Lots of body with oily finish, almost too heavy - it really stays with you.
Wouldn't want more than a few shots, but opens up with a small ice cube and very enjoyable.
Extremely delicious, but worth almost 2X the cost of a bottle of ED15? Eeehhhhh... I'd never turn down a glass of ED21, but until I'm celebrity-class rich I'll be more than happy sipping ED 15 and taking the occasional splurge on a bottle of EHP.
I actually prefer the 15yo, but this is a tremendous rum in it's own right. Complex and enduring, great for sipping on special occasions. Not the value the 15 is at over twice the price, IMO.
El Dorado 21-Year rum review by The Ultimate RumGuide