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El Dorado Special Reserve 15-Year rum is crafted from 15 to 25 year old rums that are then blended and married together in bourbon oak casks. Prior to blending the original batches are distilled using 4 unique stills - the Enmore and Diamond Coffey stills, the Port Mourant double wooden pot still, and the Versailles single wooden pot still.
The bottle of El Dorado Special Reserve 15-year was inspired by the the old hand-blown flasks used by sugar planters on the banks of the Demerara river.
This rum is very heavy on wood flavors. It is well balanced and well made but it’s just not something I would buy often. Lately the aged rums I’ve bought are much sweeter like zafra 30 and 21 yr old, 2001 diplomatico
It was go was added to my favorites. Nice bottle. Slightly stronger alcoholic taste.
Yes, this is good stuff. Have been drinking El Dorado 12 years before, but this is something different. You sure know it is from same place, molasses etc. but this 15 years old gold is stronger and better. This is taste and punch of experienced rumer. First glass in this summer time and I can feel it lot. I think I am getting better now, it is that good. Moves you to the good side.
Really excellent rum. Less sweet then 12 IMO.
Decent sipper for the price. Tones of vanilla and cocoa, a bit sweeter.
The best I’ve tried so far. This is my new go to Rum for sipping. I measure all others against this one.
I admit I am new to the evaluation of rum but have been enjoying it since my youth. I found this rum to have a great flavor but it seemed to have a slightly bitter back taste. But would enjoy again.
Nice and typically shaped bottle for El Dorado rums. Very pleasant aroma, better to stay a few minutes in a glass. But taste is not so complex and long lasting for blend of at least 15y old rums. To be honest I still prefer 12y El Dorado.
This rum is quite in mouth, aftertaste is sweet and there is no burn at all. The flavor, in my opinion, is too sweet. I add two or three ice cubes to reduce its sweetness. In nose it has a woody and sweet aroma.
Couldn't resist opening this bottle after tasting the superb Plantation XO last night. El Dorado is darker in color, sweet with a little bitter aftertaste. Not much different than the cheaper 12 year old in my opinion. No match for the Plantation but not bad, either. I'll rate it 8.25
A nice rum with a pleasant smell. I enjoy all my rums neat, but this might be great with a coke, although a bit too expensive for that. A fair price for an interesting sipper I must say.
Simply, fort the price is incredible.
First pour, on the nose you smell some sticky alcool and flavours of a young rum, but let it rest 10/15 minutes and BOOM
is not so complex, but is smooth as fuck
Sweet, almost cognac like and make you wanting more
For me, is a 9.5 only because there is almost non remaining taste in your mouth
Easily in the top 5 rums under 100€
My favorite rum in this price point - complex nose with vanilla, cinnamon and an occasional clove, balanced flavors on the tongue with a brown sugar lead. sweet but not overly so. enjoyable in the fall and winter - sometimes have to bury the bottle during the summer to avoid it ending up in a daiquiri (which is delicious, but seems a shame to mix with it).
Very different from 12 years.
Spicy, oak, dark chocolate, sherry and more dry than 12 years old.
I tried the 43% ABV version.
Call me crazy, but I think the 12 years old more pleasant, but it is undeniable that this 15 years old has a lot of quality.
Better than the 12 but not touching the 21. Demeraras are my favorite rums and this one is always in the cabinet.
Has to be on a wishlist. This is sooo good. A top 10.
Very sweet, heavy bourbon and oak notes. Overaged in my taste, and definitely dozed heavily. Vanilla sweetness and heavy oak flavors. Not worth the cost, but a fine rum for what it is
Out of all the El Dorado rhums I have tried. This one tops them all. Sweet, yet spicy. Well balanced. I love it on ice. But... Kirk and Sweeney 18 years.... that one... bit more pricey though
Being a fan of the 12yr ED, I was happy to try this one as well. A nice blended demerara rum with raisin-ish overtones. Great for sipping neat.
I like this style of rum, very dark and sweet like molasses.
We have just began to explore the world of rum but this was a great starting point!
A little bit hard at the beginning, you feel how it beats your throat, very colorful taste, light nice aftertaste.
This is a very good choice of rum for drinking alone or on the rocks. I like it's aroma and color. It feels delicious on the palate and leaves no aftertaste or excessive wood taste. For it's price, one of the best choices for 15 years old rums.
Sapori caraibici , dolce , suadente, veramente un capolavoro!
Il rum El Dorado Special Reserve è un ottimo ed elegante distillato invecchiato in botti di Bourbon per 15 anni nel clima tropicale della Guyana, con richiami speziati al gusto, dolci all'olfatto, rimanendo tuttavia di carattere deciso al palato.
Devo ammettere che questo, più di ogni altro rum che ho provato fino ad ora, provoca un forte effetto "uno tira l'altro", con una strana sensazione di miglioramento al gusto più se ne beve, almeno fino al terzo o quarto bicchiere, il che è buffo.
El Dorado Special Reserve 15-Year rum review by Mike at Ultimate Rum Guide