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El Dorado Special Reserve 15-Year is a rum made in Guyana, a South American country. It's produced using a blend of rums aged for at least 15 years using traditional single pot distillation methods, in wooden barrels. El Dorado has a 43% ABV and is known for its complex and well-balanced taste. The company has a long history dating back to the 17th century, and it operates from the Diamond Distillery on the banks of the Demerara River.
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I like this rum equally with the 12 year old they are great rums. However I do wonder if they have added caramel/sugar added post distilling.
Foreground sweet notes of the 12 are reduced and a smokier more complex set of flavours come forward, with liquorice and tobacco.
the only thing better is the 12 year old!
Great flavours, makes a killer old fashioned. Not as good as the 12
Superb rum. Very different from the 12 el dorado rum.
Should be drink straight up, anything else would be a waste.
It'll change the way you think about rum. I can't imagine pouring Coke in it, though, I don't even want an ice cube watering it down...
This is what I serve first to friends who haven't experienced 'good rum.' It sets a high bar and rarely fails to please. Many will find it slightly on the sweet side, but not as much as, say Diplomatico. The flavor is highly complex and alluring.
From a value point of view, at about $40 USD/bottle, I don't think you can do better. Focusing on the El Dorado line, the slightly less expensive 12 year bottle isn't as good as the even-less expensive 8year, so it's skippable. The more expensive 21-year bottle is noticeably smoother but questionably more enjoyable to drink. My cabinet always includes a bottle of ED8 for 'everyday' rum, 15 for entertaining, and EHP for special occasions.
Absolutely fantastic rum, just don't ruin the taste with mixer or ice
Full nose packed with dark coffee, candied orange, almonds, dark chocolate...
"El Dorado Special Reserve 15-Year rum review by Mike at Ultimate Rum Guide"
Has more oak and chocolate notes.
"It is initially very sweet, apples, bananas and rum soaked raisins but there are also some bittersweet plum like notes. The finish is spicy and fruity and long lasting."
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One of my favourites 9 out of 10
Really amazing in colour and taste