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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.
If some one says they like rum and then say they like captain Morgan. Then start them with this it is good enough to show them something, but not waisted the good stuff
Smooth dark gold rum. Demerara flavours come through with a hint of vanilla. A pleasant lingering flavour. Lacks a depth of flavour at the back of the throat.
Drinking this rum neat, is doable but in my opinion does not reflect the quality and taste of El Dorado. The complexity is resided and a bit boring.
But with Coca Cola this rum really shines! The subtle taste compliments the sweet taste of the cola and pair perfectly together. As mixer, this is my go-to rum!
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I'm a big fan of all of the ED line of rums even though I know some purist don't like how they add sugar. I somewhat agree with the purist on some of the more expensive rums but this one isn't overall sweet and is perfect for mixing cocktails. It's got a nice nose of caramel and a not overly sweet taste. The afterburn is a little stronger than its big brothers (12, 15, and 21) but that's to be expected. And even though its not my first choice for a sipper it's smooth enough as one as well. Considering how cheap this can be picked up this is a great rum to always have in your cabinet.
To date this is the worst in my collection. There is no way I can enjoy this straight; and even as a mixer it is way to sweet. I would go with the 8 year old if your looking for a good El Dorado mixer
As far as aged rums go this one's a baby but surprisingly smooth. The aroma in the bottle is quite nice. I can't put my finger on it but the aroma hints of sweetness but not a syrupy sweetness but a fruity sweetness. This is accentuated when smelled via a snifter.
The flavor is nice. Sweet but not cloyingly. Far from it. Seems the sweet is natural. Doesn't taste like there's added sugars. Has elements of butterscotch and vanilla and a little cinnamon. A little pepperiness, too. Not harsh at all but surprisingly smooth. I can see some enjoying this as a sipping rum while others use it in mixed drinks. Very versatile. A great rum for the price.
A lot like the El~Dorado 8 in terms of body and texture, but just barely misses the mark of the quality of spiciness/oaky flavors that the 8 has, making the 8 more to my liking. But still, the El~Dorado 5 makes a quality mixer, so I'd have a hearty dose of this with some pineapple juice and 7-up and ice thrown in! Cheers!
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