"A good all-rounder from the heart of Demerara. The sweet egde provided by the sugar content is not too disturbing and it has plenty of character"
(Photo from El Dorado)
El Dorado (the land of gold) is produced by Demerara Distillers (DDL) in Guyana. DDL posseses 6 continuous still, including the last remaining wooden Coffey still, and 2 original wooden pot stills. Based on that, they boast to have the ability to produce 9 different styles of rum. The El Dorado 15 years Old Special Reserve (wow) has contains rums up to 25 years, and was distilled in Enmore and Diamond Coffey stills, the Port Mourant double wooden pot still and the Versailles single wooden pot still. Their website advertises this rum as a cognac-like rum ideal for sipping. It also has collected numerous awards together with a respectable rating in the rumratings database. I have often read that sweet rums are very popular, albeit not here at WhiskyWobbles HQ, so maybe it is no surprise that this contain an atonishingly amount of 30-38 g/L sugar (31 g/L according to here). My toothbrush is pasted and ready for use right after this review….
Spices form the basis surrounded by rotting tropical fruits, a hint of petrol and a clear influence from the wood. I find burned muscovado sugar, pure liquorice, toasted fennel seeds, cinnamon, overripe bananas, and rum-drenched mangos. The fruitiness is thick, heavy and delightful. It certainly has enough power, beautiful wood influence and because of its presence can withstand the sugar. The sweetness is always there, but shows no tendency to dominate. It would say this is pretty excellent!
Sugar forces through on the palate and dominates the first sip. Then the petrol, gasoline, lamp oil come through, followed by ginger and salty liquorice. The sweetness is indeed not too disturbing, and instead softens the rough edges. Overripe bananas, mangos, hints of coconut, raw vanilla, and more liquorice. The finish is substantial and smooth, bringing more overripe bananas, supplemented with overripe peaches nectarines, sugar and hints of spices.
My first impression is that this is a good all-round rum, albeit with a sweet edge. It has plenty of character and shows a good wood influence. I feel that it could have been even better without the added sugar, but anyway it is still very enjoyable, also from a single malt drinker point of view.
Thanks for the sample,
• these are my personal views, so do not take them too seriously… nothing beats tasting these for yourself •