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El Dorado 1988 25-Year rum

El Dorado 1988 25-Year

Guyana | Aged

9.7/10 (15 ratings)
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Posted 2 years ago by Michael LaRocca from United States with 10 ratings

This is a truly special rum, and without a doubt the best I've ever had. The presentation of the bottle is already special, matched by a mouth-watering color. The taste is perfect and smooth, with not an ounce of burn. El Dorado has created the perfect rum!

My scoring system (with weights) is as follows:
-Packaging (10%): 10
-Color (20%): 10
-Nose (20%): 8.5
-Palette (25%): 10
-Smoothness (25%): 10

-Total Weighted Score: 9.7 (rounded up to 10 for

The nose was very good, but to me isn't as flavorful as I'd expect and doesn't reflect the perfection of the taste. Apart from this, it is a perfect rum in every way.


Posted over 3 years ago by Joola69 from United States with 2659 ratings

Well over 2,600 aged dark rums enjoyed and El Dorado 25 year is easily on my Top 30 list. It is sublime, super smooth, like molten chocolate, no burn at all and contains plenty of amazing flavors. I tried this amazing rum the first time at the Marriott hotel in Georgetown Guyana and have had the luxury of enjoying it 4 times since that in rum bars in New York and in Chicago.

Detailed scoring analysis:
10/100 Packaging, bottle and label design 10
10/100 Color of this rum 10
15/100 Nose test 14
20/100 Palate test 20
15/100 Afterburn of this rum 15
15/100 Availability to purchase this rum 11
15/100 Ultimate value for money 2
Total score 82


Posted over 4 years ago by Falcon91Wolvrn03 (PREMIUM) from United States with 447 ratings

I was hesitant to buy a bottle of this, because of the extremely high price of $499 (DrinkUpNY 2016) and because I'm not really a big fan of El Dorado rums. But this one is very good.

I like the 43%abv on this. Good rums always taste better stronger. Smells and tastes of toffee, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, and vanilla. Smooth, especially for 43%abv.

I rate this at the top of the 9 scale; very good, but just shy of a 10.


Posted 4 months ago by VikingXO from Denmark with 107 ratings

You can truly taste the 25years - What a taste experience and GREAT nose!
It is my understanding that this vintage 1988 is a bit on the sweeter side compared to other vintages. I would say that the sweeter side together with this complex rum brings out the masterpiece.

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Posted almost 2 years ago by Stefan Persson (PREMIUM) from Sweden with 167 ratings

Earns all the superlatives you know. A truly fantastic rum, but it’s always discussable if it’s worth the money. Because of the price it cannot be an everyday rum for me. Instead it will be a rum for special occasions.
Nose fantastic, taste very good and afterburn fantastic.
Truly recommendable if you have around 500€ left.
Picture: My top five shelf.


Posted 3 years ago by Golfm from Denmark with 153 ratings

Had expected a little more for that price. 9.5 would have been the right grade.


Posted 1 year ago by Michal Micko (PREMIUM) from Czech Republic with 338 ratings

Top of the typical El Dorado sweet line of rum. Nice aroma, sweet complex taste, smooth not burning. Longer and sweet aftertaste with fruit and honey tones. Best od the "standard" El Dorado line. Good experience, but whole bottle looks overpriced (500Eur in my country).


Posted over 1 year ago by Hedlund from Sweden with 38 ratings

Bättre än så här blir det inte. Smakade den på en master class som hölls av Ian Burrell på Birka Cruises romkryssning 2018. Det här är perfektion.


Posted over 2 years ago by Jack from Canada with 27 ratings

I never thought I would enjoy a glass as much as the 1980 vintage of the 25 year El Dorado, but this one is right up there. If I had the money I would would drink nothing but this.


Posted over 2 years ago by Kieron wood (PREMIUM) from United Kingdom with 434 ratings

This is better than the normal 25 year aged rum wow what flavourings , money well spent ..
Honestly flavours cannot comprehend how good of a rum this is ... El Dorado stands for liquid gold and this is the holy grail ... I would own a 1000 bottles if I could