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The blend of El Dorado 5-Year rum's is distilled in a both column and wooden stills before maturing for five years in bourbon oak casks.
El Dorado 5-year rum is produced by Demerara Distillers Ltd. of Guyana. Sharing its name with the Demerara River, Demerara Distillers first started production in 1670.
Tasty, but not quite great
This is a fantastic rum. It doesn't quite match up to its older brothers on the taste front but is an absolute staple in Guyana. From Georgetown to the Rupununi, I can't think of anything I'd prefer to have in my back pocket whilst under the Guyanese sun than a bottle of 5 year old. Tasty enough to be sipped neat or with coke. A must try for any Rum drinker. Just wish it was more available in the UK
This isn't about the rum, it's about the experience. When travelling through Guyana, I always carry bottles of ED5 with me as a gift, salve, and icebreaker. It has fueled many-an-evening of fabulous times and revelrous story telling with my wise Amerindian and gregarious Guyanese friends. And it sure knows how to take the edge of a rough day of potholes and tire failures on that #&%@#$ laterite road that criss-crosses that obscure jungle nation.
This stuff isn't just legendary, it has genuine medicinal qualities to its credit too. Check out Congresswoman Speier's tale of the Jonestown massacre back in the late 70's. She was shot five times at point blank range in the airstrip attack that killed Congressman Ryan, the NBC news crew, and several others. She recounts how she had to endure the night, bleeding to death huddled under the wing of the disabled plane waiting for help to arrive the next day. What did she do to get through the night? She drank El Dorado rum, my friend. (Listen to the clip - it's a really moving StoryCorps interview: http://bit.ly/hJsPee)
When I can get my hands on it, I prefer the only-slightly-more-expensive ED8 which is noticeably smoother and friendlier to rum newbies. But ED 5 makes a fine mixer and I've been delighted to see more and more hip SF-area bars making ED5 their preferred well rum. Cool!
Makes fantastic Hurricanes or use as the gold rum in a Mai Tai, but smooth enough to sip neat (although no competition for it's older siblings). A great value at 15 bucks, I prefer it to the 8yo.
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