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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.
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Great rum from one of the best molasses distillery in the world: Demerara distillers. None of the molasses distillery has such a large panel of stills. And this is reflected in the complexity of El Dorado rums.
This Special Reserve 15 Years is one of my favourite "English" style blend. The structure is perfect for this rich and complex rum with a greath length.
A must try for every heavy rum enthusiast!
Of course deeper and more complex than 12-year brother a little bit disappointed me because 12 year brother was more pleasant. I can fully enjoy it only after letting it breath for 15-20 minutes and then taste became smooth and delicate. On the one position with Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva for me.
So, taste - very roasted coffee, dark chocolate, quite a lot of smoke, leather and notes of prunes. Aftertaste is burning and medium.
My thought is the following - it would be better to make it of 40 ABV or even 37.5 ABV.
A beautiful and exceptional rum. Very spicy on the nose and in the mouth. It’s a sweet rum, with flavours of sweet fruits and hints of chocolate and vanilla, together with wood and oak notes. The aftertaste is long, spicy and especially warm
Nice rum, quite like the 12yo but a little less sweet, less fruity and some more oak and caramel. Rich flavours, enjoyable drink
I haven't had the intention to make a vs. review, but it happened to have both bottles, so I decided to make a side-by-side testing.
It's also not quite fair towards Appleton as comparison with El Dorado 12, would probably have been more objective.
Both AE & ED have an eye soothing copper color, although the AE is slightly lighter.
AE: Molasses, oak, vanilla, ripe banana
Simply fabolous, and the best I have encountered.
ED: A very strong molasses, barely anything else. As for me, this is a major flaw.
Palate / Finish
ES: Medium body. Dry oak, burnt wood, dry oak, oak, oak. Too much oak tannins which suffocate the rest - nutmeg, orange peel, almonds, with some alcohol burn in the end.
ED: Slightly sweet, spicy oak, caramel, tabacco. Complex and smooth with gentle vanilla finish which leaves the right sensation.
Sampled at the Laka Lono Rum Club Tasting on 6/30/21. Pours brown in color. Seems like it is burned a bit. This is very good, but not smooth at all. Much hotter and out of balance compared to the 12. Has a big sweetness, but the charcoal is too strong. Unique in character for sure.
I couldn't make this a 9 or 10 because I enjoy smelling a rum before tasting and try to pick out what I will be tasting on my tongue shortly. So having read other reviews I was eagerly awaiting that first sniff, let it "breathe", and then bang, all I could smell was alcohol. I am used to an aged rum having had that strong alcohol aroma mellowed by oak barrel there by opening the delightful aromas of molasses, citrus, and other rum undertones. So I immediately took away two points at the first taste when my sinuses were immediately overwhelmed by alcohol fumes. Swishing gently in my mouth though, stopped the subtraction of points as the undertones of molasses, caramel, citrus and a hint of vanilla took over that first taste and the smoothness as it went down gave it an 8 for me.
All in all, I will drink it, I will proudly serve it to friends but will I spend $60 to buy another? No
"El Dorado Special Reserve 15-Year rum review by Mike at Ultimate Rum Guide"
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