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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.
One of my favourite of the el dorado line; I actually prefer it slightly over the 25.
If we could give half marks I would give this an 8 1/2; mostly because the oak sticks around a little longer then I would like
Manage to get a sample of this after having finished a bottle of both the 12 & 15yo.
It's a very nice and very smooth, sweet, spicy with oaky dry finish,
This version is nearly twice the price of the 15yo but to me it doesn't relate to to twice as much "enjoyment".
Unless I'm going to be loaded very soon I'll be sticking to the 15yo
This was pretty good stuff. Not too sweet and not too dry. If I have to be honest, I think I prefer the 12 year expression more and it's considerably less expensive!
I actually prefer the El Dorado 15, less expensive, but way more interesting. This has a bit more alcohol taste and is dryer than the 15. Don't get me wrong it is a great rum. It has some complex flavors that you want to savor.
if you like sweet rums, but not too sweet, this is yours. the el dorado 21 seems to bee not so sweet. more leather, more smoke, more softness, more deep, more body. a great rum with a special wooden touch.
A perfect sweetness adds to the greatness of this rum. As with the other sted el dorado rums, this is Super delicious.
Surprisingly quite strong, dark alcoholic kick. but it starts with a nice well-balanced body. give it time to breathe.
Denne Rom er super god og har en fantastisk eftersmag, kan varmt anbefales
Mult laudatul El Dorado de 21 de ani nu e ceea ce te astepti sa fie. Sincer, sunt putin dezamagit de gustul unui rom de 21 de ani.
Very nice rum, but I find this too expensive. It is a very sweet rum. The 15 yrs is a better choice for me. Still this is an excellent drink.
Just a hint of vanilla. Woodsy. Slightly sweet but not over the top. Alcohol comes through but within limits. A quite nice rum.
El Dorado is interesting. It smells very bland and boring in the bottle/glass, typical stuff you smell from any non-commercial rum. However drinking it straight is very unique. I would not recommend straight, it is quite the harsh sipper and I always find myself scratching my head at how some people sip somethings straight. It needs a tad of cola to tame it. But wow what a nice body. Thin entry, huge body in the middle that is super blent together to make this wonderful unique taste and a typical rum ending, silky is a way to describe it. Its a good blend of sweetness and dry. It's good but not worth the price honestly. Comparable to Mount Gay XO quality and price range. It would be more enjoyable too if their was less heat but that's okay can't win them all but it's a very good thing to sample. I picked mine up in a thing call a "connoisseurs choice" pack where it had the 12, 15 and 21 year for 10$ at the duty free. Which if you're like me and just like to buy to sample it's a very economic way to sample!
Good it is, great? ... is it so much better than 15 years EL?
Miss some body but there is long aftertaste with nice bur, a little bit to oaky for my taste.
abv: 43% (niet branderig)
Kleur: Bruine Rum
Aroma: citrus fruit, tabak, banaan, karamel en hout.
Smaak: droog fruit, gebakken banaan, karamel, hout, vanille en melasse.
Nasmaak: heel lang en zoetig, karamel, melasse.
De ED 21 heeft een complex aroma en smaak die blijft veranderen naar mate je je glas drinkt.
16-33 gr/liter suiker toegevoegd. Jammer, niet nodig, 1 punt minder.
Lets be very clear about the difference between aging rum vs whisky; Whisky is aged in very cool conditions creating a slow process with vary little evaporation and maturity comes very slowly. It cannot be aged too long in my opinion. Rum ages in very different conditions being very warm with a tremendous amount of evaporation further concentrating the flavours into the remaining fluid. Aging rum creates high loss for the distiller driving the cost even higher but I feel it is possible to age rum too long. Another aspect of rum is that there is no industry standard for the age designation; a 7 year rum may have aged fully fledged in a cask; be blended with other rums; be Solera aged in a pour through method; or be cooked up in a back room over donkey poo... 'they' really need to standardize it for the good of the industry (whoever 'they' are). I suggest to not read anything into age statements and judge the rum "as is" but you will likely pay according to the age. That being said, this is a fantastic aged rum and I guess it is largely made up of rums aged for 21 years in a dark cool Guyana warehouse; perhaps blended by the master to achieve the balance he is after. Fair enough! The dark complexities make it worth the price which ran ~CAD$90. As their premier product the bottle could carry a bit more elegance over the other El Dorados so that brought it down a notch to a 8.
Miles apart from it's younger 15 year old sibling. A completely different creature I would say. The 21 is dryer, less sweet. Richer in woody caramel and molasses flavours with a subtle touch of vanilla and sweetness that is no way overstated. If anything it can be a bit bitter, but that can be preferential if you loath overly overly sweetened rums. Savour this one. It's worth it.
It's great. Exceptional. Almost too rich and savory. A little nutty.
Meilleur de la famille El Dorado, belle chaleur, bel équilibre, épices, délicieux. Mais compte tenu de son prix, je ne le note pas plus haut.
Best of El Dorado family, beautiful warmth, beautiful balance, spices. But considering its price, I do not note it higher.
Dark mahogany color, very rich looking. Notes of caramel, molasses, and spice on the nose, spicy and sweet on the tongue, with a splendid peppery finish. Little on the pricey side for me as a normal usage rum, but if you get a chance to try it, you'll enjoy it I'm sure!
Like other El Dorados,this one great example of heavy demerara rums.
obviously it's the best of the 12-15-21 series. I think that Pusser's and other Navy rum blends consist a big part of these
Sugar: 34 gpl. At first this has a sweet wood or chemical type of smell then it gives way to a nice tobacco and smokey wood flavor. The initial bite gives settles down to a nice warm finish. This rum continues to taste better each time I sample it.
It is sweet and is somewhat similar to Diplomatico Exclusiva only this rum has a bit more oak to it. It is the best of the El Dorado line so far. It's worth trying, but at $110 per bottle my thoughts were that the taste does not justify the cost.
I hadn't tasted this in a while, but when I came back to this bottle after a few years, I was surprised at how sweet it is. The added sugar detracts, in my opinion. Otherwise, a fine, well-aged flavorful demerara.
El Dorado 21-Year rum review by The Ultimate RumGuide