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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.
Mon palais n'est peut-être pas encore assez développé ou encore est-il brûlé pas mes années à boire n'importe quoi. Le El Dorado 15 est bon ne vous méprenez pas mais le goût ne justifie pas la différence prix avec le ED 12.
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.
In my opinion, this is the best rum you can buy that is reasonably priced. Smooth, easy to drink best value for your money.
Its a strong Rum suited for Whiskey-Drinker. Not my cup of tea, as I like more sweet Rums.
Money well spent.
Nice, sweetish and thick.
Perfect on rocks.
This is superior to the 12 year in my opinion by a decent margin. They are different for sure, but this is much more to my liking. In fact it is almost the opposite of the 12 year. The nose is almost overwhelming with heavy Banana and molasses and just a touch of tobacco. Imagine smelling a jar of concentrated molasses made from banana. If you take too deep of a whiff it is overwhelming. It almost made me worry about the taste...but....nope, it is delicious. The first taste is pure nutmeg and honey. Mid palate the banana returns in full force along with butter, butterscotch, nutmeg, rum cake, honey, and just a hint of fine tobacco. The aftertaste is sour cherry, alcohol, and allspice with banana lingering in the background. The only reason this isn’t a full 9 is that there is a slight lingering sourness that remains that I can’t quite place. The nose and palate to this rum are so powerful and complex that they make sipping this a wonderful experience.
Smell: caramel, dried fruits, vanilla, wood.
Taste: caramel, mince, dried fruit, spice, light bitterness. Nice aftertaste.
It offers something of everything.
It's not very mild and a little bit dry and spicy and sweet.
I like the 43% alkohol in this rum, it gives him a nice character.
A good English style rum. The composition of the aromas is well done, it is very rich.
It's very good for the price.
Sweetness: 3 / 5
Spice: 4 / 5
Fruits: 3 / 5
Mildness: 3 / 5
This is one of the best ones at value/money ratio. Awesome aroma of vanilla, spice, fruit and oak. Rum is nicely smooth and balanced with little burn at the end. In mouth with flavours of vanilla, tobaccoo, oak and caramel. I can highly recommend this one to everybody.
Forgoing my usual long form review, I want to make the distinction that from 12-21, El Dorado will taste like the Demerara sugar it uses. An overly sweet rum for my tastes, hints of lavender, raisin and sweet tea fills the nose. Tastes of sugar (but not sugar cane like Zacapa) and a floral aftertaste that is extremely subtle.
7 because it's good, but way too sweet for me, if you like sweet, smooth rums, this clocks in at a 9 or 10 honestly, but I cannot overstate how cloyingly sweet this rum is.
Disclaimer: I taste (and drink) all my alcohol (mostly rum) seco, i.e. straight, no ice. If you wish to use this as a mixed drink, please look at another review (which you should be doing anyway, I'm just one man with a subjective palate after all) for a more complete reference.
Tasteful Guyana rum. Similar to the 12 year old, except that it's not so sweet and more mature roundness to it.
El Dorado 15YO mi prekvapivo chutilo o čosi menej ako El Dorado 12YO. Má síce pekné tóny horkej čokolády,náznak kávy,ale neprišiel mi tak lahodný a hladký ako jeho mladší brat. Každopádne chutný rum,ktorý stojí za ochutnanie.
I had many trips to Cuba and always enjoyed Havana Club 7 yo. Up until now I did not try anything else except Cuban rum. Once I've brought from there Santiago de Cuba 11yo and have found it so smooth and delicius compared to HC. Since then I've discovered world is full of different rums ). Had tried 12 of them so far. And I will rate them comparing to HC as the base rated 6.
Very nice rum, one of the best I have treid. Not too sweet and extremely well-balanced. Bought it for £32, what a bargain!
The box, the bottle, the ship.. you really cannot package rum any better than this. As far as flavor.. superb. I brought a bottle of the El Dorado 12 as gift for my buddy when we went out on his boat for a dive trip; I was not overly impressed (i have a new bottle of 12 to sample this evening). SO.. i went back to the store and scored the 15 - quite happy. I share this with those who drink whiskey mostly.. as I find this rum smokey and strong. It mellows in your glass and delivers time and again.
El Dorado Special Reserve 15-Year rum review by Mike at Ultimate Rum Guide