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El Dorado 8-year is a medium-bodied premium rum which has been recently added to the El Dorado portfolio. Distilled from fermented molasses, it is a nice option between the heavier 12-year and lighter 5-year counterparts.
Flavour profile resembles 12 year but this is much more dry.
Decent demerara´s younger brother of El Dorado 12. Sweet, smooth, drinkable.
The nose is characteristicly Guyanese, which is a very positive thing in my book. It fills your nostrils with oily leather, barrel, tobaco, sweet molasse and a hint of citrus. Love it. The medium bodied palette is smooth and lovely with notes of leather, light liqourice, molasse and a bit of oak. I find that this rum places itself very neatly between the 5 and 12 year old siblings. It feels like an uncomplicated ED 12. Easily enjoyed as a sipping rum, and a monster in cocktails like daiquiri and dark n' stormy. (7,5)
I have not found any figures on added sugar for this one, I suspect there is some though minimal compared to its older brethren. This has become my favorite in the lineup.
Edit : This one has around 15 grams/ltr of added sugar, which is a fair amount but only 1/3 as much as the 12 yr and half as much as the 15 - neither of which will I buy any more. Why should I when I could pay $15 for this and add some sugar, resulting in pretty much the same flavor profile?
Had it with ice: it is not as sweet and it has a higher alcohol taste than the 12yr and 15yr (haven’t tried the 21 and 25 yet), but I did not find it strong. Toffee and spicy notes dominate. Mild and oaky finish. A lot of alcohol in nose. I am thinking that it could be a great mixer (and an ok sipper).
N- Cedar, banana leaf, raisin with lifting toasts nuance, caramel whirling on with some feint in the form of floral, herbal liqueur and botanical. Get nutty, rubbery as it breath with velvet creaminess. (86/20)
P- Much the same as the aroma, crisp, more sour fruits, citrus peel emerged with fullness even at diluted strength. This stuff could be amazing at cask strength. (86/20)
F- Medium-long, dry, clean, highly sippable with lingering citrus, well nurtured by fine oak, earthy and pleasant. (87/21)
Weighted Rate - 81pt
— at The Rum Bar KL.
Tydlige händer allt sista fyra åren om man jämför med Eldorado 12 som är toppen och inom 10 i topp, denna hamnar inte i närheten. Dåligt försök till att skapa en blandrom. Mycket besviken då man jämför med andra som är 8 och tror att de ska finnas någon likhet med Eldorado 12 eller 15.
I don't have a lot of rum tasting experience, but this is a bottle I'll savor.
Nose: not quite as much an olfactory joy as I remember Brugal 1888, nor as full of delightful funkiness as the agricole overproof rums I've tried. I wouldn't hold this, unzipped for pleasure the way I would with some other rums.
Taste: every bit as enjoyable as my reference, Brugal 1888. Lots of flavor, nice depth.
Aftertaste: linger nicely, but not as many notes as the agricoles I've had. Those are probably an unfair comparison, though.
Alcohol: very smooth. Not much heat, really delightful for sipping.
At first, I was rather dissapointed by the bottle, but after having a few sips, I was intrigued enough to empty the bottle with several friends over night. Honestly, the taste is quite smooth but not sweet as is the case with many rums, but still delivers a very distinct rum flavour, with vanilla oak and maybe hints of tobacco hitting my palate. It lacks greater some depth, but as it is, this 8-year rum doesn't really need it and given the age and the price, to me this is as good as it gets. Really very close to perfect in the category, as it is a quality sipping experience and tastes great in cocktails (Tried a few basic ones, including Daiquiri, A rum old fashioned, Mojito and Mary Pickford, although they all call for a white rum)
Surprised, like this better than the 12. Not the best nose but could pass as a shot, not quite a sipper as it is a little tough on the back of the tongue. As a mixer this was a nice find with a full body, not too sweet but not real dry. Think this was a very nice blending rum too, I look forward to trying it as this becomes a stocking rum for me.
Have to use it for drinks. Try to drink it bare one time and what was no pleasure
This is a great starter rum if you're exploring aged rums for the first time, like me. It's not super expensive and provides a great, aged flavor. As always, I prefer my rum over ice with a healthy splash of Coke.
At the price point, it is very hard to justify another even at $10 or 15 more. Smooth vanilla, toffee, and caramel notes. Great ED after work sipper. Makes a mean top shelf daquari too.
Huge fan of El Dorado, the 12 year being my go-to sipper. Just tried the 8 and it's also excellent. Not quite as sweet as the 12, and a little more burn, but for the price it's a steal and I will be buying this one again. A great rum to keep on hand!
Nose: traditional el dorado, chocolate, dark sweet molasses, toffee
Taste: chocolate, toffee, hint of smoke, vanilla and baking spice, not as cloyingly sweet as the 12 yo which is a great thing
Finish: semi sweet sugary smoothiness with a perfect amount of oak, ends with dark chocolate. Not as smooth as the 12 yo but that is a good thing since the 12 yo is syrupy smooth because the added boatload of sugar. This 8 yo has just the right amount of kick and spiciness.
Overall: I like this rum quite a lot, it has most of the good qualities of the 12 yo except the excess sugar, this still has some sugar im sure but not too much like the 12 yo.
Mixability is slightly better in the 12 yo since its bit heavier in profile but overall I would still pick this rum over the 12 yo (price is also lower).
Smooth caramel and molasses aroma, sweetness and alcohol. Hints of smoky character. Sweetness upfront but dries through the middle and in the finish. Warming alcohol as well but not harsh or medicinal. Nice warmth and light fruity character as well as a bit of smoky character. Molasses and toffee. Nice medium body, warming and smooth. This is a nice surprise for an 8 year. According to some sources about 8 g/l of added sugar so nowhere near the 12 year. Nice rum flavor. Easy sipper and will be nice in cocktails. Good value in my book. If you don't like it bone dry or overly sweet this is a good choice. A solid 7+ in my book.
Again this is one of the rums I didn't mark as the first entry in my 2nd passport. that is on of the issues with tasting rums in one of the best rum clubs is sometimes you don't remember to do things. i will have to go back and rate it again.
Same at the 5 years. A little sweeter. The molasses flavor starts to come through. Still the alcool burn. Go for the 12 or 15 if you wanna sip it. Better yet. Kirk and sweeney !
Not a bad rum in itself at all but overshadowed by the 12/15/21.
At first it has quite a sharp alcohol so it needs to sit for a while to develop the taste and aroma. Afterwards it has a nice wooden aroma, quite sweet but you can still sense the alcohol strength in it.
The best rum for the price. I love to sip this neat but it works great on the rocks and in mixed drinks aswell
I think, this is one of the good rum in the El Dorado series.
Of couse, 12 years and 15years are tasty rum, however, this 8years have different nice taste.
Suger cane, brown suger flover is stronger than old brothers.
For me, this is as good as 15 years.
I snagged a bottle of this as it was only $3 more than the 5 year, and it was noticeably better, though not extremely so. A solid cocktail/everyday rum.