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El Dorado 2006 - Worth it?


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Yohobro

Posted 16 Jun '21 from Canada with 25 ratings

I’ve been contemplating getting into the three 2006 single still releases from ED but am having a hard time pulling the trigger. I wanted the groups advice on whether or not it’s worth it to delve into these based on their experiences. These are the Enmore, Versailles, and Port Mourant releases, all labeled as 40% abv. Also, does anybody have good sources for the details of the Distillery? I’m under the impression the 12, 15, 21 releases are blends from multiple stills but am new to this whole thing so any help would be appreciated. There seems to be a ton of different releases that I’ve seen in other threads and I’d like to learn more about it all. Thanks in advance! 
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vomi1011

From Germany with 392 ratings Replied 16 Jun '21

Demerara - https://inuakena.com/misc/a-visit-to-demerara-distillers-limitedDemerara - https://cocktailwonk.com/2020/02/demerara-distillers-part-one.htmlVSG at 40% for how much? https://rumshopboy.com/2020/04/29/el-dorado-2003-2006-enmore-rums-cask-finishes/ High end rum with 40% is always problematic. I wouldn't spend more than 80 € for something like that. Buy the rare 3rd collection, they will increase in value and will no longer be available in some years. Skeldon, Albion, Enmore 96, PM 97.
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Foggyrumrunner

From Canada with 50 ratings Replied 17 Jun '21

I have purchased and reviewed all three. My order of preference is: Versailles, Port Mourant, then Enmore. They are all very good rums. Taste is personal and thus subjective but I found the Versailles to be truly excellent. They are all sipping rums - not to be mixed, imo. Part of my own interest in purchasing them lay in the history associated with the stills themselves. If you haven’t already, I think you’d probably enjoy some reading up on that aspect. For me personally, they were worth it. They are great rums to savour and think about.
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Paul B

From United States with 420 ratings Replied 17 Jun '21

Yohobro: I spent $80 US for a bottle of 2006 Enmore about a year ago. I rated it as a 7, but for that kind of cost, it should have rated at least as an 8. I cannot recommend buying that one.
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Yohobro

From Canada with 25 ratings Replied 18 Jun '21

Vomi, thanks for the sources, those were a great window into the El Dorado world. As a business, they seem to know how to use everything they have. Hopefully I’ll get to see it in person at some point. I haven’t seen the 3rd collection, or anything special edition from ED yet. I think that’s why these three sparked my interest so much. I found them for $68 CAD which is enticing. I’ll probably end up trying the Versailles. That’s also a good point about higher end rum at 40%, I never really thought about that. I don’t think these rums would classify as high end necessarily, but a great point nonetheless. Foggy, thanks for the info. I’ve really liked everything from ED so far so I’m imagining a response similar to yours. Paul B, thanks! Both the price and recommendation is helpful. Cheers!
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Yohobro

From Canada with 25 ratings Replied 21 Aug '21

Following up with this one. I purchased the Versailles one a couple weeks ago and yes, it is definitely worth it. Not sure if it’s just because I am an El Dorado guy but man, does this hit the right notes. This is a real treat to smell and to sip. Great flavours of nuts and pepper. Some butterscotch and molasses, maybe a little orange zest. This is definitely my jam. Sweet but not a lot of fruit flavour. I am even more interested in the other two now. Might have to hold off on everything else on my watch list as these have gone straight to the top.
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vomi1011

From Germany with 392 ratings Replied 21 Aug '21

There is Versailles 2002 in cask strength. But you had the another one with 40%? I'm going to try the Diamond 1998 CBH soon... I heard it's one of the best. Don't know the mark yet.
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Yohobro

From Canada with 25 ratings Replied 22 Aug '21

The 2002 being at cask strength is highly enticing though I’ve never seen it anywhere up here. These 2006 editions were the first special edition types I’ve seen. Unfortunately we can’t import alcohol online where I live either so our choices are limited to say the least.
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Yohobro

From Canada with 25 ratings Replied 6 Oct '21

Ok, another update: I couldn't resist the other two so I've completed the set. Each was going for $63CAD and for that price I have to say it is definitely worth it. They are all 750mL & 40%abv. I would love to try some that are cask strength but I've never seen them for sale. It's hard to pick a clear winner as they all have a separate profile but if you are an El Dorado fan and don't mind the price, I would highly recommend every one of these. I will be happily enjoying these for the next couple months. Cheers!
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vomi1011

From Germany with 392 ratings Replied 7 Oct '21

That's very cheap. For that price I would try them also. Can't find them in EU anymore, they were around 120 Euros each in UK.
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kudzey (TASTING CLUB)

From Poland with 30 ratings Replied 7 Oct '21

Cool, great that you have the complete set now. I wonder how do these compare to the Rare Collection with higher abv.
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Yohobro

From Canada with 25 ratings Replied 9 Oct '21

Vomi: 120 euros?! That is crazy. Don’t get me wrong, these are great rums in my opinion but I wouldn’t pay that much for them either. Kudzey: I wonder the same thing. I would love to try some higher ABV El Dorado though I have never seen any to buy.
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vomi1011

From Germany with 392 ratings Replied 9 Oct '21

I think they are for the American market. That's why they are so expensive in EU. We can buy high proof ElDs for that price. We have the 2010 bottlings with higher abv here.
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