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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 one has a thick molasses/caramel nose right out of the gate. You can tell this one is going to be a good Demerara right away.
Flavor is rich cocoa, brown sugar notes. smooth afterburn, nothing too harsh.
A deep color, yet not as dark as some decent and cheaper Demeraras.
I've bought this one at least twice now, it makes a good rich flavoured painkiller. (pussers don't be trying to sue me..)
This one is a bit pricier than I'd like it to be, but it's still a good choice if you are looking for a quality Demerara.
Aging in bourbon barrels makes a special rum.
the best of the series el dorado (12,15,21).
Intense flavor very aromatic, fragrant and refined.
A quite good rum. Nice flavour. Not to smooth. Pleasent aroma. Enjoyable.
To try ED rums cause of my father's word, but finally decided to give then a try. First was the 15 special reserve, this is easily one of my fave sipping rums now. So easy in the throat hardly any burn , very similar to Papa's Pilar which is fantastic.
Nose is very sweet , hints of dark fruits like raisins and maybe some chocolate
If you let it breathe for about 15 minutes you will be impressed.
Much better option than their 12 year this is worth the money for a nice glass neat or on a single cube.
Starší bratr rumu El Dorado 12, zřejmě ale jinak blendovaný a tak chuťově odlišný. Při srovnání je méně sladký, trošku dřevitější, dozvuk jemnější, celkově uhlazenější, více vyzrálý a vyvážený. Jelikož mám raději sladší rumy, přikláním se spíše k dvanáctiletému El Doradu, jinak je to ale vynikající rum.
I purchased this in a London bar, unaware of the cost I was about to be hit with. Whilst the mood was dampened, this rum lifted me to great joy. Fruit, vanilla, sugar amalgamated to give a stunning smooth experience.
Probablemente en conjunto, de lo mejor que hay. Mas dulce que los jamaicanos, pero sin excederse. Con un bouquet extraordinario en la boca. Menos alcohólicos que muchos caribeños. Aunque el precio podría ser mas bajo, es uno de los rones mas “rones” que conozco, el balance es perfecto.
It’s as smooth and complex as Zacappa XO which costs much more.
There’s a slight burn which fades away very quickly and than this one opens with a ton of flavors. Sweetness in a form of toffife caramel burnt nuts and a ton more. Aftertaste lasts for a whole minute.
I liked the 12 years on a rocks but this one is to be enjoyed on it’s one.
This one is a must.
Honestly i expect something little bit else after i had El dorado 12. This is more classical taste. El dorado 12 is rly different, personally i like 12 more.
Yet, here, it is. Now having started this off negative, make no mistake: this is a good rum! It has everything that the El Dorado 12 does, but its a bit smoother, and with all the flavors more integrated together instead of having individual notes hit you one at a time. If you're not paying attention, it'll comes to you as a quite monotone drawl instead of a stream of brilliant whispers. Mind you, I personally prefer the rums that shout so loud you can hear coming from three blocks away, but I can appreciate what this one is doing! Man those metaphors got away from me...
But I prefer El Dorado 12-year, which in my opinion is a little sweeter, and much easier to drink.
Quality-mature 7+/10 taste 7+/10. Little sweetness somehow balance but no special character. Also finish with little whisky taste and some burn. The best of it is its smell.
Got a taste of this while hanging out in a bar in the Caribbean. I took a bottle home with me—and the flavours followed. Excellent taste for sipping.
Výrazně sladší,než 12yo. Chuťově vyvážený. Stojí za ochutnání.
This is good rum, but the 12 year is better IMHO. If you want the best bang for your buck pick up the 12 year old.
Very lush. A little pepper morphed into a deep rich mouth feel. A lot going on here. Tried it neat and with a drop of water. Both ways worked well.
rozhodoval jsem se zda dát 9 nebo 8. nakonec zvítězila 8čka, ale je hodně vysoká.
překvapení po mém zklamání z 12tky.
sušené ovoce, ostřejší chuť, ale vyvážená sladkost
As much as I like the Diplomatico, I think I prefer the 15 year El Dorado. The taste has only a mild sweetness with a wonderful spicy finish. It lies lately on the tongue but has a warm silkiness about it as it goes down. This is an excellent Rum for the novice or connoisseur.
Comparable to Doorley's 12, a little more sweet, a little less oaky.
I'll keep this around for special company but I don't think I'll splurge for this again since I've consider something I deem similar almost the same for half the price.
This is a nice special occasion sipping rum that allows you to enjoy it slowly.
I came to sipping rum through being a tiki cocktail fan and mixologist. My good friend Mark who was mostly into sipping and made the occasional Mai Tai told me his favorite was El Dorado 12. Well soon enough I discovered it was a Demerara, and used it in my mixes to great success! Demerara and Jamaican are the Yin and Yang of tiki drinks and El Dorado is a dual purpose sipper and mixer. I bought a 5 year El Dorado for mixing and am almost done with the 12 year which I compared tonight to the 15. The 15 is definitely a bit less sweet and has a more cognac type taste which is very smooth and has hints of vanilla, oak and fruit. I usually like rum with a big bourbon style ice cube and feel it brings out flavors a bit more than neat. I would probably stick with the 12 for mixing and neat sipping and reserve the 15 for sipping only.
This was my intro to really good rum. Smooth, sweet, notes of honey, oak and dried fruit. And just add ice to drink straight. I've used it in a Mai Tai but I think it is almost a waste it is so good straight.
El Dorado Special Reserve 15-Year rum review by Mike at Ultimate Rum Guide