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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.
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
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.
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 of my top sippers 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!
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.
Very smooth, lots of flavour and properly aged for sipping.
Light brown butter and hickory nuts on the nose. A little hot up front and grassy, almost rhum-like. Lots more going on. Good stuff though.
Till I've taste this rum I conser that ED12 the most delisious rum. But this one turned out even better - less sweet and more testefull. Just perfect!
Not the type of rum I normally drink, but not bad at all. And I actullay prefered this over the 21y.
One of my favourites to drink, has hints of the 12 year, but much more sophisticated. Excellent neat, or used in cocktails. Hard to choose between this and Pussers Gunpowder proof.
This is a dark, slightly sweetened rum, which makes me quite sceptical although it is probably not enough sweetness for some. Visibly coloured, a bit viscous in the glass.
Nose: Figs, toffee, toasted pineapple and a hint of oak.
The mouthfeel confirms the impression of viscosity, very pleasant taste with a good balance between dried fruits and the typical molasses and caramel you would expect from sweetened spirits, but not overwhelmingly sweet as mentioned.
The aftertaste is long and also very pleasant but it does not really add new aromas to the drinking experience. The last two points from me are due to the low price, this is a very good starting point for those beginning to explore high end rums. A good blend of what seems to be quite different styles. Although it is a long time since I had access to really expensive rums I would say this an excellent starting point that allows you to get an idea of what top shelf rum can taste like.
El Dorado Special Reserve 15-Year rum review by Mike at Ultimate Rum Guide