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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.
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.
dryer than the 12, but quafable overall. good as an after dinner drink.
Very tasty rum for that money. I smell a little bit of pineapple with coconut. Nice and long finish.
I think that rums with gold medals arent't good at all and overrated. This rum is a dissapointment for me. Odor strong alcoholic, OK the taste is not that bad at all; but the leaving is just harsh and woody. AND there is 37g/l sugar added - so you have a somewhat bad rum made sweeter for the mass. No thanks.
This is a hard review for me.
On the one hand I liked the flavor of this rum. It was truly in line with the Cuban Rums I so enjoy. However, the thickness of this rum on the palette was off putting to me.
I found myself for the first time thinking "this would be nice as a dessert topping on vanilla ice cream"....yikes.
The 12 year old El Dorado is much nicer as a rum to my tastes.
N- Sandalwood, orange candy nuance on grassy edge to keep it quite fresh with occasional burst of spices. Tea sweet, caramel syrup coated walnuts, liqueur soaked dried fruits, moist toast with strawberry jam, so the wave of sweetness are high, but well balance out with the heavy sweet oak phenol with hint of smokes. Breath well and evolving. (87/21)
P- Rich coat of dried fruits, then comes sourish citrus candy, some herbs and sweet bitter nuts. (86/20)
F- Medium long, sweet spices, star anise, semi dry and clean. (86/20)
Weighted Rate- 82pt
— at The Rum Bar KL.
Many people have started their journey with El Dorado, so I have heard a lot about it from friends starting out in the world of rum without being able to talk with them about it, since I have never tried it. That needed to change, so I bought a bottle...
Nose: Brown Sugar, Vanilla and a small whiff of orange peel/citrus to round it off
Taste: Lots of flavour led by oak, vanilla and molasses that fizzles out to soon
Overall: This is a rum that is liked by almost everyone, who is starting out in the world of rum, but people tend to look down on it because of the added sugar. I would prefer my rum without the added sugar, but sometimes I just want to pig out and this rum is one of the better to pour in the glass, when I am in that mood.
I drank this rum for the 1st time by mistake. I was in a visit and asked if I would like a glass of rum - when I smelled and tasted it, I was amazed. I asked what type of rum is and... now I know what rum I will buy next. It is excellent!
Enjoy with hot water, rum and a little bit of honey or just plain. One of my favourite rums
Really good rum with a lot of flavor. Totaly worth buying.
Denna är lite bättre än 12:an mindre sötman och bättre balans. Båda är supergoda och rekommenderas i alla lägen, prisvärda där eg 12:an vinner precis. Men inget dåligt med denna.
Better in the past, now younger in composition clearly. Sweet, unnecessarily sweet. Cavities, anyone? Sad that Demerara is at this level, when we know it could be much better if not sweetened, blended and filtered to anonymity. 21yo is drier - and tastier.
Excellent, good over ice or alone, or with coconut water on a hot day
This holds its own weight with some of the less attainable and pricier bottles out there.
A very enjoyable rum, and a marked improvement on the 12 year. A little pricey perhaps, but definitely worth trying.
When money is not an object , a great addition to any classic Polynesian cocktail. Always delicious simply over ice.
Frugtrig, blid og lækker, semiskarp duft. Fin medium gylden farve. Blandet mellem 15-25 år
Parádní, jemný a voňavoučký, dlouhý dozvuk, za mne top rum
Fantastic 15 year old. Dark full bodied rum. Smooth rum with good finish.
It really is worth the money. It got everything going for it. Honestly the 12 year is a better buy.
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
El Dorado Special Reserve 15-Year rum review by Mike at Ultimate Rum Guide