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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.
El Dorado 15 year has a good flavor profile but quite a strong after burn. The most surprising fact to me was the fact that 12 year is smoother than this 15 year old rum. Best memory is from the Demerara Distilleries between Georgetown and Cheddi Jagan Airport in Guyana when I visited their rum distillery and enjoyed their entire line up in its own surroundings.
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.
This rum is very heavy on wood flavors. It is well balanced and well made but it’s just not something I would buy often. Lately the aged rums I’ve bought are much sweeter like zafra 30 and 21 yr old, 2001 diplomatico
It was go was added to my favorites. Nice bottle. Slightly stronger alcoholic taste.
Yes, this is good stuff. Have been drinking El Dorado 12 years before, but this is something different. You sure know it is from same place, molasses etc. but this 15 years old gold is stronger and better. This is taste and punch of experienced rumer. First glass in this summer time and I can feel it lot. I think I am getting better now, it is that good. Moves you to the good side.
Really excellent rum. Less sweet then 12 IMO.
Decent sipper for the price. Tones of vanilla and cocoa, a bit sweeter.
The best I’ve tried so far. This is my new go to Rum for sipping. I measure all others against this one.
I admit I am new to the evaluation of rum but have been enjoying it since my youth. I found this rum to have a great flavor but it seemed to have a slightly bitter back taste. But would enjoy again.
Nice and typically shaped bottle for El Dorado rums. Very pleasant aroma, better to stay a few minutes in a glass. But taste is not so complex and long lasting for blend of at least 15y old rums. To be honest I still prefer 12y El Dorado.
This rum is quite in mouth, aftertaste is sweet and there is no burn at all. The flavor, in my opinion, is too sweet. I add two or three ice cubes to reduce its sweetness. In nose it has a woody and sweet aroma.
Couldn't resist opening this bottle after tasting the superb Plantation XO last night. El Dorado is darker in color, sweet with a little bitter aftertaste. Not much different than the cheaper 12 year old in my opinion. No match for the Plantation but not bad, either. I'll rate it 8.25
A nice rum with a pleasant smell. I enjoy all my rums neat, but this might be great with a coke, although a bit too expensive for that. A fair price for an interesting sipper I must say.
Simply, fort the price is incredible.
First pour, on the nose you smell some sticky alcool and flavours of a young rum, but let it rest 10/15 minutes and BOOM
is not so complex, but is smooth as fuck
Sweet, almost cognac like and make you wanting more
For me, is a 9.5 only because there is almost non remaining taste in your mouth
Easily in the top 5 rums under 100€
My favorite rum in this price point - complex nose with vanilla, cinnamon and an occasional clove, balanced flavors on the tongue with a brown sugar lead. sweet but not overly so. enjoyable in the fall and winter - sometimes have to bury the bottle during the summer to avoid it ending up in a daiquiri (which is delicious, but seems a shame to mix with it).
Very different from 12 years.
Spicy, oak, dark chocolate, sherry and more dry than 12 years old.
I tried the 43% ABV version.
Call me crazy, but I think the 12 years old more pleasant, but it is undeniable that this 15 years old has a lot of quality.
El Dorado Special Reserve 15-Year rum review by Mike at Ultimate Rum Guide