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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.
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!
I haven't tried all of the El Dorado variants (just two of the single barrels, 12 [much better than the 15] 15 [disappointing] & 25 [incredibly expensive]) and in my opinion this is by far the best and definitely one of the best rums I've ever tasted.
An almost "off" sour smell, maybe like slightly aged passion fruit.
An incredibly strong chocolate taste hits immediately, followed by tobacco and then raisins.
A pleasant burn, just enough for you to know it's there.
I've tasted this back to back with Panama 21 rum nation and millonario xo (with which I thought this was my equal favourite) but it's edged ahead of those two this time (which could be because I've been drinking mainly whisky recently and its taken time for my palate to readjust). Truly wonderful.
Un bijoux, une explosion florale, huileux, crémeux en bouche un délice a coup sur! MIAMMIMAM
And many of them are very good. This one is too. Sweet taste. Lovely sipping rum.
Not because of the price-tag, but this stuff is REALLY freakin' good, people! Near perfect rum. Another solid entry from El~Dorado. Richness competes with oakiness, providing a taste-profile that has a nicely balanced sweet & smoky quality - buttery toffee and brown-sugar flavors intermingle with oak to rightly satisfy any pure rum-drinker's discerning palate! If not, well, then, I don't know what to tell you. Drink what you like, but I'm sticking to this.
Love this oaky yet sweet taste if honey in this rum. Fantastic sipping rum. Love having a sweet rum with a cigar. Love the duality in the tastes.
Nicht so süß wie viele andere, man schmeckt die lange Reife im Eichenfass.
Borde varit bättre...!
Med tanke på pris..
Flaskan borde oxå spegla priset man tar..!
Excellent sip rum with a good amount of sugar but not in excess. We did a tasting of the 12,15, 21 years and the 12 years was just as good as this one or the 15 years, if not better. A little too expensive considering the qualities his younger brothers
This is a nice Dark deep-seated rum. It has a very Smooth taste and its age shows. This is a very decent alternative to a fine aged Cuban rum.
This bottle got me interested in rum. I was into scotch, tequila and vodka and ever since I tried El Dorado 21 I started appreciating, tasting and collecting rums for years. Perfect amount of sweet, spice and smoothness until you try the next favorite.
Excellent rum less sweet than other but still among the best, compare with other top 9 plus sweeter rums to define your palate preference
Ever since I tasted my first Rum from Barbados I have been a fan of Demerara rums in general and El Dorado in particular.
The 21 year old has well balanced sweetness, almost no sharpness and still tastes like a real rum. Perfection!
I like the El Dorado range. The 21 year edit is a great rum...very smooth and elegant. but in my opinion a little bit too expensive.
Super rom, som er langt bedre end sine yngre brødre.
I really liked this one. I pared it with the Appletons 21 and liked them both for different reasons. So rich and full bodied. Worth twice the price of its 15 year sibling though? I thought not initially when i had tried them separately however now I tried them together and although I thought I didn't I really do prefer the 21 over the 15. It has a perfect balance and the alcohol burn just comes through as pure spice. Equal to my other favorite Zapata XO
This is an amazing sipping rum. Complex flavours, not over-sweet and smooth finish. Darn near perfection!
Not very expensive given the age, but not nearly as smooth as one would expect either. Fair price @ $100 cdn for the bottle, but nothing to get overly excited over.
This may not be the best rum available, but it gets a 10/10 from me. My son says it is too sweet. Not so say I ! If one likes the taste and nose of fresh warm molasses then you will not be disappointed. Adorable. My gold standard against which all other rums are compared.
Like fine scotch, every fine rum going into my mouth does so without hindrance from mixes, water or ice. Neat cant be beat.
Well-balanced rum with good taste that always seems to please me.
A very nice aged rum, with the added proff making for a very lively taste. Still, it is somewhat sweet for my taste, unlike its younger cousin, the El Dorado 15 year old, which has a much more delicate balance between sweetness and oak.
Die Milde zeigt sich über den gesamten Bereich. Zeigt aber leider nicht meinen Geschmack. Lieber den Diplomatico Exclusiva trinken
Smooth touch with a minor dry finish that stays a while..
Truely loved the first sniff I took at it, So many aroma's running free when you swirl it just once after that first sniff.
When you poor that first sip on your tongue the rum really comes together.
Oak, tabbacco, vanilla , just a couple of flavors that come to mind.
Great rum , but the price is accordingly high.
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.
El Dorado 21-Year rum review by The Ultimate RumGuide