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El Dorado 12-Year Rum is composed of a blend of aged rums, all at least 12 years old. The rums are distilled using a combination of stills including double wooden pot stills and are aged in bourbon oak casks.
Demerara Distillers of Guyana produces El Dorado 12-year rum and is the country's last remaining distillery, with origins tracing back to 1670. The name ""El Dorado"" references the legendary city of gold that is said to be in the country's Rupununi region.
all the usual bull for the tasting note, hints of this, tones of that, cool if you not so flush to buy the 21 (which is over priced) really nice in a mix, maple syrup, good cider, and ice...can be be sipped or poured over rocks, maybe el dorado should make this in to a solera....yeah, it deserves more than a couple of shots....(the 8 is better!)
It is quite sweet rum with simple taste. It's quite ok, but without deep flavours.
This is a nice flavourful Rum more of a sipper than a mixer and I prefer to mix. Very fruity, very sweet and has a lovely nose. To some extent wasted on me as there are cheaper Rums (Which are not so nice straight) that are created for mixing. This has a different and almost floral flavour profile which I like but not enough to pay double the price as a regular drink. I only had a sample bottle but I would probably tire of this one quite quickly
Having already tasted the 3, 5 and 15, I thought it would be about time, that I had a go with the most common of the El Dorado rums.
Nose: Brown sugar, tobacco and a slight oaky whiff in the end
Taste: Brown sugar, honey, vanilla and some oak in the short and sweet aftertaste
Overall: This rum is fine. It is nothing mindblowing and to sweet for my likings, but it is a good entry rum for newer rum drinkers and it should get some merit for that.
Nice sipper, a bit sweet (I know it has a lot of added sugar) but for my personal taste it's bearable. Hints of oak, vanilla and orange peel. Good for a night with few friends or just by yourself. Very good for beginners, no burn at all.
Nezklamal a neprekvapil. Konzumni lepsi rum. Jemnesi chuti s pocatecnim silnejsim alkoholovym oderem ale jemnou chuti avsak nijak vyranou ci specifickou chuti. Vypit lahev bych nepovazoval za problem.
Den er helt ok, og kunne sagtens finde på at købe den igen
En ok rom i en flot flaske. Den bliver bedre efter et stykke tid og er ganske fin.
Tried this one on its own a couple of times and I was not so pleased with it but then I had some chocolate while sipping it and then it was really nice.
After opening the bottle it smelled like glue, still after opened it for a while. Taste was ok, but not as good as expected.
Since the bottle is half full the smell and taste is a lot better.
This was my first experience with El Dorado. Maybe starting with a 12 year was a mistake. This brand gets a lot of good reviews. To harsh and not very smooth! Maybe I’ll have better luck with another offering from them.
This is sweet smoky deliciousness at a bargain price! (less than $30 locally)if I add a little El Dorado EHP Single Barrel, it gets even better!
EDIT- this went from being a fav to, damn this is undrinkably sweet in about 18 months.
edited to add sugar test results- 35-39g
Very complex and earthy (some petrol notes) but quickly becomes cloying with syrupy sweetness. At 40% with additives, this rum is really holding back punches.
A very good quality to price ratio in my market but it always makes me feel some resentment.
First impression in smell is a lot of oak. I have a small oak barell, used for wine and spirits. It is not burnt inside. In this rum I smell and taste a lot of this natural oaky taste, perhaps too much. After the glass is finished, I smell a very pleasant dose of honeycombs.
Kategorie: Hnědý rum spíše do sladka 40%
Hodnocení: Zde bohužel musím jít proti proudu, jelikož rum mě moc nezaujal. Ano, má výrazné dubové aroma, ano, stojí méně než ostatní lepší rumy a ano, může se s nimi chuťově srovnávat, ale ani přes to všechno si mě nezískal. Asi jsem od něj čekal po všech pochvalných recenzích až moc. Mívám rozpito několik rumů najednou, ale po tomto jsem sáhl málodky (rozuměj obsah ostatních flašek mizel rychleji). Během pití jsem ho vždy podvědomě srovnával se Zacapou, jelikož vůně tohoto rumu mi ji připomněla, a Zacapa je holt někde jinde. Jde o dobrý chutný rum, který ale nemá nic, co by mohl nabídnout jako bonus.
Un rhum de réellement 12 ans et intéressant, avec des notes de fruits secs, de praliné, de caramel, de vanille et de chocolat noir.
Mais qu'est ce que ce rhum est sucré ! Ce rhum a été trafiqué et fait en réalité 28-29%. Nous avons donc affaire à une liqueur...
Dommage car le rendu initial devait être intéressant.
I had some expectations of this rum. Unfortunately they didn't come true. The nose has quite some alcohol in it, but it's not bad. It smells sweet enough with caramel and vanilla. The taste is quite strong to my opinion. I like sweet rums, but this one didn't live up to that.
Today I tried a mix with coke zero and that works out quite well. A bit expensive for a mixing rum (over 30 euro). Better to get the El Dorado Dark (which is unfortunately not available anymore in The Netherlands) for mixing.
Reminds me of whiskey or burbon. I have this at home, i didnt study the bottle but i would say that it aged in oak barrels that were used for burbon. Not bad, but not what i expected. I think its heavy over rated, maybe cause a lot of people tryed it cause its cheap, but comparing to other rum i tasted its bit diffrent in taste. Or maybe its just me and the rum id not my thing. But i did like it when first tasted it in a bar.
Very easy to sip. Lives up to its expectations, sweet and just not to complex compared to higher end rums.
I find this a smooth sipping rum that is over-rated. I prefer a rum on the rocks with slices of lime. I find I use more limes to take off the hard edge of this rum. Good but far from favorite. Aargh!
Nose: Strong salted butter toffee note, then candied almonds, vanilla, allspice, raisins and hint of sweet coconut flakes and maple syrup.
Taste: Like the nose. Syrupy sweetness. Way too sweet for my taste
Finish: sugary smooth, medium, oaky with a little acidic port wine note on the end. The syrupy sweetness, acidity and oakiness dont work together, for me atleast.
Overall: Could be great but is way too sweet , after a small 15ml pour i've had enough of it for the day. But as a tiki mixer, this is fantastic stable product to use. Im sad they decided to add so much sugar to otherwise lovely rum.
It took me several days to finally find a bottle of this fantastic 12-year-old rum from Guyana. I had not had it in quite some time and forgot about how good it is. I did remember doing a side by side taste test years ago between the 12 year old and 15 year old. I still remember that the 12 year old was the better buy and it is the only vintage that is always sold out at any local liquor store. Many others obviously agree.
The flavors are so complex that they change with each neat sip. It would be an absolute disgrace to use this rum as a mixer. The only reason that I have not rated this one as a perfect 10 is that there are no doubt a few better rums out there that I have not tried, but not at this low price of only $31.
There is a phrase in bourbon jargon called "too long in the wood". This simply means that optimum aging for spirits is 9-12 years. Anything beyond 12 years actually detracts from the perfect taste by adding wooden barrel flavors (a case in point is Flor de Cana 18). Those who prefer the higher aged rums either like that woody whiskey flavor or simply need to justify spending the extra money on their bottles. However, if I see one of those 21 year old rums at a bar, I may try just one shot for the heck of it. I would probably feel like a fool for buying a whole bottle. If anything works, don't fix it.
Update: My last bottle is now long gone, but deemed to be one of only two sugar bombs worth replacing. The other sugar bomb is Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva. My new bottle will remain unopened for quite some time. When finally opened, I will record that date in my spreadsheet to make sure that it gets consumed within two months. Sugar bombs never last beyond 3-4 months due to oxidation in the bottle.
Update August 4, 2019: After finding many damn good dry rums, I now find this overly sugared rum not so appealing as from first sip. My rating now drops down from a 9 to a 6. It has gone from delightful to disgusting in only a matter of six weeks after opening. Stay away from all sugar bombs like this one!!!!
This is another over prices El Dorado rum. It's clear we are paying for the bottle as opposed to what's inside. And, once again the added sugar to an agricole is shameful...
El Dorado 12-Year rum review by Mike at Ultimate Rum Guide