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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.
Tried the 12 YO first and liked it a lot.
With the 15 YO I expected another step forward, albeit from a high level.
The resemblance is obvious. But there are slight differences as well. The 12 yo is somewhat more fruity and taste considerably more like oranges. The 15 yo is less fruity but with more vanilla and a touch of sandalwood.
I cannot say which one is better, because they do come from the same stable. They are just different.
You can not go wrong with either one.
With a few ice cubes and marry them for about 10 minutes. On the side of a hot tub...dreamscape!!
this rum is a bit less sweeter and also drier than his younger 12 years old brother. Not exactly my kind of tasting profile but if you want to sip something "matured" then I would choose this one.
The first hit on the front side is a little harsh, a strong alcohol bite. The finish is smooth with hints of vanilla and a strong molasses lingering flavor.
Very nice sippng Rum at a reasonable price
Very Nice smooth rum.
I like this rum on a couple of ice cubes
Très bon mais je lui préfère le 21 ans.
Very good but I prefer the 21yo.
Le nez est expressif, plutôt boisé avec des pointes d'amande et de poivre. La bouche est plus suave, plus ronde, mais aussi plus complexe. Le boisé est toujours présent, accompagné de vanille, et de cacao. Puis viennent des arômes de fûts passés à la flamme et de tabac et le final est épicé.
This demerara rum is smooth and not to sweet for a molasse rum. A sure value !
Different of the 12 and 21. although like the 21 a little more
strong & powerful
Drier than 12 and slightly less flavor, but still one of the best sippers out there. A bit pricey only when compared to other ED products, but much better value than Zacapa or Mount Gay.
A great rum - the barmaid where I get has it spot on and refuses to serve you mixer with it.
A little pricey, but worth every penny!!
Absolutely fantastic rum, just don't ruin the taste with mixer or ice
It'll change the way you think about rum. I can't imagine pouring Coke in it, though, I don't even want an ice cube watering it down...
Superb rum. Very different from the 12 el dorado rum.
Should be drink straight up, anything else would be a waste.
Great flavours, makes a killer old fashioned. Not as good as the 12
the only thing better is the 12 year old!
Foreground sweet notes of the 12 are reduced and a smokier more complex set of flavours come forward, with liquorice and tobacco.
I like this rum equally with the 12 year old they are great rums. However I do wonder if they have added caramel/sugar added post distilling.
El Dorado Special Reserve 15-Year rum review by Mike at Ultimate Rum Guide