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El Dorado Special Reserve 15-Year rum

El Dorado Special Reserve 15-Year

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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.

8.0/10 (772 ratings)
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Posted over 4 years ago by Sam W from United States with 6 ratings

Found the 15 yr after a lot of searching and was, at first, impressed but not blown away. This has changed with each new tasting. Quickly this rum has surpassed all others for its smoothness and flavor. Yet to try the 12 or 21 yr but this is a truly impressive rum


Posted over 4 years ago by Russ from United States with 85 ratings

This is a way over priced rum, whiskey, rum, whiskey...let's just call it a rum that wants to be a whiskey but also has sugar added to try to make it taste more like rum than whiskey.

This is a busy little spirit with a variety of heavy fruit flavors which leads me to my next point: It goes well with a frozen drink or with Coke but its not a sipper. And, $50 a bottle for a mixer is just pain silly!

Yes, I'm biased in my review. I just don't think El Dorado makes a real premium rum and the added sugar to an agricole is shameful. Still, this is a good mixer that would be more appropriately priced in the low $30 range (NY prices).


Posted over 5 years ago by Fred from France with 13 ratings

Voici un rhum d'une très grande qualité, qui m'a vraiment enthousiasmé! Le nez promet des arômes que la bouche confirme: une délicieuse douceur vanillée, des notes de noix, de dates et de fruits secs. La longueur en bouche est très bonne, laissant au palais tout le temps d'apprécier la complexité des arômes délivrés. C'est vraiment l'exemple-type de rhum vieux parfaitement équilibré et balancé! Une réussite totale!


Posted almost 6 years ago by TomL219 from United States with 4 ratings

Nice rum to have straight up. Nice balanced flavors


Posted almost 6 years ago by Braeckman from Belgium with 10 ratings

dans la lignée du 12 mais plus sur l alcool.(évidemment ) les mêmes arômes . Un grand plaisir à goûter .toujours cette sensation de douceur, d épices . Facile à boire .


Posted 6 years ago by Justin Paquette from United States with 3 ratings

I am relatively new to higher quality rums but this one blew all my other forays out of the water. I would attempt to describe it but my palate is still somewhat lacking.


Posted 6 years ago by martin jeppesen from Denmark with 241 ratings

It has the distictive ED fingerprint with molasse sweetness, citrus undertones, leathery tobacco notes and robust body. It's very smooth but distinguises it self from the ED 12 and 21 with a long charred oak, almost whiskey like afterburn. Very interesting rum.


Posted almost 8 years ago by RhumsTeq from France with 32 ratings

I've just received a mini bottle of this rum from RumRatings, so that I had the chance of tasting it: I liked it indeed :) !

The colour is a copper red gold.
The aroma has notes of caramel and banana. There are some notes of wood also but fairly discreet.
Oak flavors are predominant on the palate but the rum remain sweet and very pleasant.
Edit April 25, 2014: Now that I've been able to compare this rum with its older brother 21 yo, I can say that this rum is my favorite one. Note raised to 10.


Posted 9 days ago by randycous (PREMIUM) from United States with 18 ratings

Nice flavor and smooth. It’s on my repeat buy list


Posted 24 days ago by Pirate from Greece with 24 ratings

I actually liked it, but not much. I honestly cannot understand all the hype. I managed to find an old bottle of 43% somehow, which had a better "bite" and a bolder profile overall. Smell partially masked, generic taste with dominant sugar. 40% sampled it at a bar and it was very unimportant? Insignificant? Maybe in a local coctail with tropical ice cream, or with something sour mixed in to bring some balance, it would be much more entertaining. Would actually consider restocking on the old, 43% iteration of it, but that is already extinct. Not the 40%, though...


Posted 25 days ago by Yohobro from Canada with 10 ratings

El dorado 12 was my gateway rum so I was excited to see the 15 on sale. ($40 CAD, usually around $53)
Smells sweet like the 12 but less alcohol and more intrigue. The taste has more going on too. Where the 12 was sweet, it was rather one dimensional. The 15 is still quite sweet but has some more chocolate/coffee, vanilla and oak going on. Longer finish with more to think about. Quite tasty, an excellent rum for my kind of taste: sweet and a bit complex. No one flavour really hops out at me, but lots to mull over. If you like the 12, definitely try the 15!
Based on price, availability, and flavour, this is a 10+!