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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.
Very nice sippng Rum at a reasonable price
Middleman you ask? Well the 3 aged rums from Demerara are undoubtedly fantastic sipping rums, but the 15yr is my favourite. I like to compare it more to its older brother with the sweetness and wood flavours. The nose of current, and mincemeat. I let it sit and open up. The aromas of fennel, walnut, and clove come to profile. Take your time with this rum and you will truly enjoy it!
Very smooth sipping rum. I enjoy it on the rocks and sometimes with a splash of Pepsi.
My precious! This is the best rum in my bar. Thick sugarcane aroma not to sweet. Flavors of chocolate, vanilla and dark fruits. Yummie!
This was a first quality rum what I ever tasted! And it was love for a first sip!
Lot´s of flavours and beutifull long aftertaste! Too bad that they all are sold years ago here in Finland.
Very smooth and more complex than the 12, I always have a bottle in my collection. A must for rum drinkers!
This is an old stand-by for me. Delicious either neat, with ice, or mixed with coke, this is a fantastic rum. Bursting with flavours and smooth to boot!
I will just say this is very similar to the 12 yr in that it is a robust rum that is highly sweetened with added sugar, to the tune of 30 g/ltr. This is not nearly as much as the 12 yr which is 45 g/ltr but it it still near the top of the scale according to the Swedish and Finnish lists I have seen.
At least this is a rum that is not overwhelmed by the added sugar, as are some I have had.
the 12 year old one is less sharper , more taste , and cheaper for me.
Nose: little bit sweet ,alcoholic. light sharp, spicy ,oak, fruity , caramel, smoke , wood
Taste: little bit sweet ,alcoholic. light sharp, spicy ,dark fruit , caramel,vanilla , smoke , wood
Similar to the 12 year old as it can be enjoyed on the rocks or mixed. It adds a variety of flavours to cola & truly enhances it. With the dark colours & attractive aroma it is one every rum connoisseur should have on hand.
I bought a bottle of this as my introduction to El Dorado. I really like to sip it. The 21 YO is in it's own class, but you will not be disappointed with the 15.
Deep amber, mahoganey in color. medium legs that slowly drop. Nose is fruitcake & tobacco with a hint of charred oak. taste is orange peel and spice with a nice finish that includes a little leathery tobacco note. This was the rum that "hooked" me and the rum that all others will forever be forced to live up to.
Let me start my review with a confession... I'm not a "rum purest" drinker. I've been drinking rum & Coke as my go-to cocktail since my college days. Not being a huge liquor drinker for most of my adult life, I have only recently started to explore more into the world of my favorite type of liquor. So, I end most of my reviews with a statement of how I prefer to drink my rum with Coke. Having said all that, I've yet to try this rum with Coke.
I bought this specific bottle because I've heard so many good things about it. I found a YouTube cocktail video about a rum-based version of the Old Fashioned cocktail which uses the 12-year version of El Dorado. I decided to use the 15-year special reserve instead (I've already tried and like the 12-year, so I wanted to use this opportunity to try something new.) and wow am I glad I did! BTW, that drink mixes this rum with some maple syrup and bitters.
I recently took a small flask of this rum with me to a Christmas party for sipping. I've never really been a straight liquor drinker, but I figured this rum would be my best choice to try. I was NOT disappointed! In fact, I was pleasantly surprised just how much flavor this rum has...
I will for sure keep a bottle of this magnificent rum on hand from now on...
It's great for the price. I find that letting this breath in the glass will help increase flavor notes and lower alcohol-y smell. It's not a pour and sip.
A great rum. The best rum I drank so far. Better than the 12 years old, this rum makes you want more and more.
I do not have enough experience to describe the exact sent and taste of this rum, but boy do I love this one. It smells great, after smelling this rum, other ones don't smell Like much anymore. It's a Nice, sweet, overwelming taste. It feels Nice and warms you up completely. This is a sweet rum, not to sweet, has a lot of character and has a Nice finish. I do love this rum.
I admit, I'm relatively new to rum, but this is the best one I had yet. Sweet, but not as sweet as the Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva - it seems I start my rum-journey as a Demerara-junkie, but Venezuela is just around the corner. ;)
A nice nose with just a slight burn on the tongue. As it mellows after that first taste your get the butter scotch malt taste that makes this different. A great value for a sipper.
Tried mixing it and was very impressed in coke and ginger ale but thought it lost something in citrus. Did not blend but feel this is the kind of rum that will add to any recipe, definitely a keeper.
This is my favourite evryday rum, great quality for the price. I like the flavor, smell, great to drink with some ice.
I am a beginner, my experience is Matusalem 23 Solera, Zacapa 23 Solera and now I am trying Eldorado 15. For me, this rum is the best of the three roms. The aroma of this rum is something ... the taste and aftertaste are delicious. 10 points definitely
ED 15 years is definitely one good sipper on the rocks! It is sweet and gives you a nice smooth warmth after the first sip. Guayana has a very high standard rum history due to El Dorado! Would rate it a 7,3 if possible.
A nice warm sipping rum, just a little sweet. A nice addition to any rotation!
This rum is a nice rum, with a good taste. It has a great sweetness without being too sweet.
Treacly badboy with some spice - excellent with figgy pudding...
I personnaly prefer the 12 years over the 15 years old especially considering the price point (about 55% more in Canada for the 15). IMO there's much better option at that price for a sip rum.
El Dorado Special Reserve 15-Year rum review by Mike at Ultimate Rum Guide