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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 is a hard review for me.
On the one hand I liked the flavor of this rum. It was truly in line with the Cuban Rums I so enjoy. However, the thickness of this rum on the palette was off putting to me.
I found myself for the first time thinking "this would be nice as a dessert topping on vanilla ice cream"....yikes.
The 12 year old El Dorado is much nicer as a rum to my tastes.
N- Sandalwood, orange candy nuance on grassy edge to keep it quite fresh with occasional burst of spices. Tea sweet, caramel syrup coated walnuts, liqueur soaked dried fruits, moist toast with strawberry jam, so the wave of sweetness are high, but well balance out with the heavy sweet oak phenol with hint of smokes. Breath well and evolving. (87/21)
P- Rich coat of dried fruits, then comes sourish citrus candy, some herbs and sweet bitter nuts. (86/20)
F- Medium long, sweet spices, star anise, semi dry and clean. (86/20)
Weighted Rate- 82pt
— at The Rum Bar KL.
Many people have started their journey with El Dorado, so I have heard a lot about it from friends starting out in the world of rum without being able to talk with them about it, since I have never tried it. That needed to change, so I bought a bottle...
Nose: Brown Sugar, Vanilla and a small whiff of orange peel/citrus to round it off
Taste: Lots of flavour led by oak, vanilla and molasses that fizzles out to soon
Overall: This is a rum that is liked by almost everyone, who is starting out in the world of rum, but people tend to look down on it because of the added sugar. I would prefer my rum without the added sugar, but sometimes I just want to pig out and this rum is one of the better to pour in the glass, when I am in that mood.
I drank this rum for the 1st time by mistake. I was in a visit and asked if I would like a glass of rum - when I smelled and tasted it, I was amazed. I asked what type of rum is and... now I know what rum I will buy next. It is excellent!
Enjoy with hot water, rum and a little bit of honey or just plain. One of my favourite rums
Really good rum with a lot of flavor. Totaly worth buying.
Denna är lite bättre än 12:an mindre sötman och bättre balans. Båda är supergoda och rekommenderas i alla lägen, prisvärda där eg 12:an vinner precis. Men inget dåligt med denna.
Better in the past, now younger in composition clearly. Sweet, unnecessarily sweet. Cavities, anyone? Sad that Demerara is at this level, when we know it could be much better if not sweetened, blended and filtered to anonymity. 21yo is drier - and tastier.
Excellent, good over ice or alone, or with coconut water on a hot day
This holds its own weight with some of the less attainable and pricier bottles out there.
A very enjoyable rum, and a marked improvement on the 12 year. A little pricey perhaps, but definitely worth trying.
When money is not an object , a great addition to any classic Polynesian cocktail. Always delicious simply over ice.
Frugtrig, blid og lækker, semiskarp duft. Fin medium gylden farve. Blandet mellem 15-25 år
Parádní, jemný a voňavoučký, dlouhý dozvuk, za mne top rum
Fantastic 15 year old. Dark full bodied rum. Smooth rum with good finish.
It really is worth the money. It got everything going for it. Honestly the 12 year is a better buy.
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.
El Dorado Special Reserve 15-Year rum review by Mike at Ultimate Rum Guide