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El Dorado 21 is produced near the equator in Guyana by Demerara distillery. The final product is a blend of rums, aged between 21 and 25 years and crafted using 100% locally sourced Demerara sugar. Traditional tools are used in the distilling processes including three unique wooden stills. The rums rest until maturity in 45 gallon oak casks.
Excellent sipping rum with complex flavours including leather, oak and spicy vanilla...longish finish. However, the 15 is likely just as good, at significantly less cost
I love the El Dorado rums. Of all of the rum brands that I have tried these are definitely my favourite. I must say though having done a blind taste test of El Dorado 12,15,21 straight myself and a friend agreed that the 12 tasted just as good as the 21. With coke, there seems to be no difference. I love the 21 but would rather buy 2+ bottles of the 12 instead.
Denne Rom er super god og har en fantastisk eftersmag, kan varmt anbefales
A beautiful bright burnt orange, rust colored liquid with legs that slowly return to the pool below. Molasses, toffee, tobacco aromas and a complex flavor as it flows down the sides of the tongue and a long soft burn that ends soon after entering the throat. A very enjoyable sipping rum but I prefer ones that are darker with a deeper richer flavor.
Had high expectations since I'm a big fan of the 12yo, but got a bit disappointed. Still a good rum, but I prefer the 12yo.
In der Nase kommen Aromen von Holz, Rauch, Kaffee, Schokolade und etwas Honig. Im Geschmack kommt noch "Erde" dazu. Der Geschmack ist süß und lang anhaltend. Meiner Meinung kann man hier nicht viel falsch machen, ein Rum der viele ansprechen dürfte.
It is a nice rum but not that special. I find that the12 and 15 year have a better overall flavour at a much better price point.
Nose: Lots of oak and your typical Demerara straight away with liquorice, aniseed and a little bit of tar. The brown sugar you use to make cakes with, infact….yes, overcooked and slightly caught fruit cake. Molasses, blackberry jam, prunes, bananas, black coffee and a little bit of smoke. There are some woody spices in there too, your typical cinnamon and clove while a slight mentholly note picks things up a bit. Pretty complex actually and a fair bit lighter (well, less “heavy”) than the 15 year old. Oh, a nice bit of worn leather pops up after a while too. There is a good bit of age on the nose.
Palate: Sweet delivery and semi-viscous mouth feel. Not as bad as I was expecting given I know this is loaded with sugar. Herbal, minty, banana liqueur, prunes, figs, dates, maybe a hint of orange/marmalade. Lighter liquorice, slightly bitter coffee, actually there is a fair amount of bitterness given the sugar levels (too much cask?), black cherry jam and a touch of earthy mushroom. Pretty complex despite the meddling.
Finish: Medium to long, quite sappy and actually bitters off with some strong oak. Touches of leather, cigar smoke and a burst of bitter orange marmalade, some black coffee and a handful of fresh herbs. Ends with that fuzzy buzz you get with altered rum and the lingering taste if a confusing mix of sweet and bitter that’s not entirely pleasant nor is it unpleasant.
I can recommend this one, even I don't like it's been sweetened after distilling.
Très diffèrent du 12 et 15 ans. Pour le prix, je préfère le 15 ans. Bon, mais sans plus
If I could afford it, I'd drink this more regularly. Allthough the price point probably makes me savor it more as a rare treat. I taste caramel, tobacco, toffee, light citrus, and bananas enveloped in a rich smooth sweetness.
edited to add sugar test results-16-33g too much!
The best of the brand I've had. It's smooth and showcases the best of Guyana
A little too sweet for me. I'd rather have the 15 yeah old from El Dorado.
My immediate thought after first tasting was like a mild whiskey. Flavors are nice after the initial mild kick but it's not for me at this price point.
of course smoother and finer than 15y, but for me simplier 12y is still better demerara taste.
I have yet to be wowed by an Eldorado rum. One priced at £75 you might think would achieve that but not even close.
Maybe not a "wow" drink but certainly a pleasant tipple.
This is a nice smooth sipping rum but like flor De cana 25 and my 1981 English harbour they all just lack that wow factor. That extra flavour and richness. Not my favourite but a nice enough rum nonetheless.
A solid 7.
My rating will probably rise to a 10 the more I get to know this rum. The 12yr old is lovely but this is an obvious level above. Very rich, dark fruits, not too sweet and a touch of smokiness.
The above was my first reaction, rating at 9. Today it's dropped to a 7. It's obviously a deeper darker version of the 12, more complex and so on, but does this mean it's better? Not for me. I can't yet distinguish all the flavours but I do get an overpowering effect of raisin or prune juice which spoils it.
My views change when I look back at old reviews. Overall opinion of this rum is don't go near it for £80, get two bottles of the 12 yr old instead. This rum was too long in the barrel. For a rum at that price, you shouldn't need to add water to try and kill off the overpowering prune flavour. Diplomatico 2002 is around the same price and far far superior.
Nose: light sweet , caramel , dry fruit ,alcoholic,wood
Taste: light sweet, spicy , caramel , alcoholic, dry fruit ,vanilla , sugar,wood.
sharper than the 12 or 15 year old one.
Drier - and tastier - than the 15yo which swims in sweet. Not bad. One can find Demerara flavours in this one, spices and all.
Naozaj chutný rum. Možno som po ochutnaní 12YO a 15YO čakal o čosi viac. Je výborný,ale v danej cenovej kategórii pre mňa nie top. Cítiť tropické tóny,jemnú drevitost a je naozaj plný chuti.
Die Milde zeigt sich über den gesamten Bereich. Zeigt aber leider nicht meinen Geschmack. Lieber den Diplomatico Exclusiva trinken
Lidt overraskende her lige smagt på en El 12 og 15 og jeg syntes at el 15 var den bedste . Der var en smule bitterhed i den, og jeg syntes at smagen forsvinder for hurtig for en Rom i den prisklasse lidt skuffet 😞
El Dorado 21-Year rum review by The Ultimate RumGuide