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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.
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
Une belle entrée en matière avec les rhums de Demerara ! Nez typique, bouche puissante, aussi bon pur qu’en cocktails !
Nice rum it’s smooth with good aroma. I prefer it more than the Appleton Estate.
Fin rom till bra pris.
Utmärkt att tar fram och avnjuta ren när tillfället behagar. Härlig färg och en arom som är tilltalande. Lite spretig i början men efter en lite stund så kommer smakerna fram och då känner man att det är en kvalitativ rom. Kan varmt rekommenderas.
El Dorado 8-years was my first Demerara Rum. And for the price (24€), this rum presents already a nice quality. I think a 7 suits perfect, and is recommendable for most, as a sipping or cocktails mixing rum.
Caramel and Molasses flavour, brings a lot of oak too. Rich.
Medium-bodied, good balance, sweet caramel aftertaste.
Looking forward to try the 12 and 15-Years, and for sure more Guyana Rums.
Kvalitni rum za dobrou cenu...na bezne popijeni znacka ideal
This is solid stuff, perfect for mixing and making exceptional cocktails. In some ways it's actually better than the 12, less added sugar, more complex. Unfortunately it's just way too expensive in Australia.
I like all the El Dorado series. This is the best. A tad bit pricey. But well worth it.
Mixed with Coca-cola, twist of lime.
I love Myer's Rum. Also like Sailor Jerry's. But it's a bit strong.
El Dorado and Myer's, all time best. Just right amount of sweetness.
I have purposely stayed away from El Dorado products as they are known to be heavily sugared. The El Dorado 8 yr, however, caught my attention as a result of the lower GPL as well as the reviews on this site. This offering set me back $31 CAD (a bargain in my area) and the vanilla, caramel and oak flavours were rather pleasant albeit a bit sweet and the aftertaste lasted for some time. ED8 will not be my next "Go To" Rum but it is a great value and a nice change from dry Rums.
Ikke en rom jeg behøves at have i skabet igen. Ok men ikke en lækker hygge rom.
El Dorado 8 year is a far cry from the much better 12 year. If you get a 8 year El Dorado, mix it with Coke or Ginger Ale, since it is not that good at all as a neat sipper. Best memory is from the Demerara Distilleries between Georgetown and Cheddi Jagan Airport in Guyana when I visited their rum distillery and enjoyed their entire line up in its own surroundings.
But I wanted rum, not whiskey. This is barely suggestive of rum.
Keeping it simple , I think i like the 8 year better then the 12
Pick it up very smooth very drinkable
Going to give it another go to see if it still stands up to my 7 rating
Yah I’ll still say this is a 7 but as for being better then the 12 I change my mind on that one the 12 is a better rum then this bit both are good offerings from El Dorado