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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.
Oproti 12y verzi je osmička neuhlazená, ostrá, dřevitá. Není to taková šílená lakovost jako u Brugalu, ale jde znát kratší doba zrání. Nicméně chutnal, ale 12y je jistota sázky na správného koně.
Tastes too much like whisky to me, too much oak. Better off drinking Rye.
The 8 year is not as smooth as the 12 year but it has similar flavours. It is a demerara rum with molasses flavoring which gives it a heavier feel. I like it with a splash of cola, which causes this rum to froth up.
This is the aged rum I use for drinks. It is nice for sipping as well, but there are better ones for about the same price. Still, it is a rum you need to taste!
bit rough, dry, more alcohol on the nose, however I will give it a try some other time for sure, price is great, good mixer
Nice rum to mix. Not great but i like it with coke. Absolutly worth it to buy.
Fruitier and less sweetened than the 12. Nice very good mixer almost reminds me of a brandy.
It's an ok rum for sipping. Comparable in quality to Bacardi Ocho. Nothing great but centainly good for the money.
Sweet soft and round with pieces of tobacco mixed with caramel
So much rum for the money! This is a great sipper and i can realy enjoy it in the mid week and on the weekends.
Way better then his little Brother (5years). Not suitable for mixing. Go pure with it and you'll get à Nice moment.
Nice balance between sweet /dry.
I like rums neat and this one is nice for sipping. Good value.
It initially comes across as a possible sipper due to its notes of sweet caramel, yet it lacks that je ne sais quoi, that unknown (to me) variable that transforms a rum. It feels like a waste to mix it, yet it's not quite there as a sipper. Perhaps a second tasting is in order?
EDIT: A fine rum to sip and mix.
This is a great sipping rum and also goes very well as a mixer. For the price you can not go wrong for an everyday rum. Definitely one to have in the house.
I've drank this bottle years ago before I did rum ratings. An unusual flavor but not unpleasant. Smoothness is good and it's reasonably priced. I think it deserves a 7.
I picked up a bottle of this today to add to my mixer rums, which will keep me from drinking too much of the more expensive rums in my cabinet. Again, fellow reviewers on Rum Ratings led me to a good purchase decision. I also had no idea that it could also be used as a neat sipper. It's older brother at 12 years old is only about 9 dollars more, but this one is cheap enough to not feel guilty about drinking too much and using it as a mixer. I would choose to sip it neat or on the rocks.
The aroma is like perfume and the taste is of complex spices from the southern Caribbean mixed with some vanilla. Super smooth with no bite and definitely semi-dry with only 14 gpl of added sugar.. It is really quite unique and I can now see where it's older brothers get their DNA from. What a pleasant and affordable surprise!
Update December 23, 2018: Less than a half bottle remains after 2 months and it still tastes rich and as great as the day that I first opened it. I attribute this long shelf life due to it being semi-dry and still having only a half bottle of air to oxidize it. It's older brothers could never make this claim because the flavors would change for the worse after only two months due to excessive added sugar.
I know this is dosed with a small amount of sugar. But it reminds me of nothing so much as a lower proof Appleton Rare 12. That is not faint praise. I think both rums would be perfect neat for Bourbon drinkers. In a sipper I just crave that mouth coating smoothness that a higher dose of sugar will bring. But this one on ice in a 1:1 ratio with cola? An excellent drink. Though I don't drink this neat, and I do the 12, I actually rated this a point higher because I feel it better represents it's age and price point.
I bought El Dorado's 3, 8, 12 and 15 for a gathering. The 3 and 8 went into cocktails, but I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the 8 year old one neat. Since it's supposed to be a 7 according to this website, I'll give it a 7 and use that as a benchmark for future tastings.
Love this one in a lot of tiki drinks, as a sipper it's also pretty good.
Strong demerara rum and excellent mixer. While this rum is decent neat, its price point makes it a great mixer for quality cocktails. It has a delightfully sweet and full bodied flavor that does not linger very long. Well balanced and not overpowering flavor.
A cheaper option to the ED12. Still has a strong molasses flavour, with a little char from the barrel. I buy this all the time.
Mir ist dieser Rum zu „scharf“, besonders im Hals. Er hat eine angenehme Nase ist aber zum trinken eher durchschnittlich.
I'm not a sipper. Mix it with coke and twist of lime. El Dorado 5 is great. 8 is even better. Haven't tried the others like 12. Almost afraid too. El Dorado 8 is so perfect, why spoil it?
Eric - Texas Gulf Coast