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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!
El Dorado 21 year is way too close to a good cognac than a flavorful aged dark rum, and it has a surprisingly strong after burn. Best memory is from the Demerara Distilleries between Georgetown and Cheddi Jagan Airport in Guyana when I visited their rum distillery and enjoyed their entire line up in its own surroundings.
A rich dark Demerara rum delivers an unexpectedly dry initial impression, despite the added sugars. Add an ice cube to bring out additional layer of flavors that elevate this rum. It would rate higher if not for the price point and additives. Aging a rum for 21 years is costly, but there are other other rums at lower price points that are equally as tasty.
This is a fantastic rum, some say it is backsweetend but I just don't care because it is great. Even if that is the case it is not real sweet, very flavorful with almost no burn on the finish.. The mouth is fantastic and the finish is even better. Definitely well worth being on your upper shelf. I did a blind taste with my 12, 15, and 21 and they are all very distinguishable from one another. 21 is by far a keeper!
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.
My favorite rum for sipping. Wonderful nose. Love this stuff.
Si tu n'as pas cette bouteille dans ton bar t'es un naze
One of the best addition to my collection.
Strong start with a sweet and subtle finish, great on the rocks.
I had heard so much good about this rum, so my expectations were very high. It is indeed a quality sipper, but for me it just isn't up there with the best. I prefer more heavy and thick rums like the Abuelo Centuria.
A really nice, complex demerara rum. Though, pretty pricey compared to its younger brother totally worth it. For me a must have if you enjoy heavy dark rums and especially for those who liked the 12 or 15y El Dorado.
For me, one of the best rum that I've tried!
One of the best out there. But between the 15 and the 21. The taste difference is so slight. The price difference though... I'd go for the 15. Even the 12 is the bomb !! My go to for best bang for your buck. If I wanna splurge. Kirk and sweeney !! If not el dorado is the bomb !!!
This rum seems to me a mixture of 12 and 15 years old.
Have a 12-year-old sweetness and 15-year-old spiciness.
Good smell of honey.
This is a great stuff, but is overpriced. The 15 years old costs half the price.
I had only tried the El Dorado rums up to the 15 year. Like many other reviewers on here, I also felt that the 12 year old was their best. I actually rated their 15 year old much less than their 12 year old. Well, with this 21 year going on sale for $100 US and disappearing from shelves almost as soon as it is placed there, I jumped at that foolish chance to finally grab my own bottle. I have also long known about distilled spirits spending "too long in the wood" as being detrimental to the end product. I myself like a woody taste in my rums, but not this damn much! One could probably soak some wood chips in water for the barbecue and instead of adding to the burning charcoal, strain the water into some El Dorado 8 and get close to the same results. Yes, I am exaggerating a bit, but I feel like I have been ripped off in buying this bottle!!! At this price, I would expect a minimum rating of an 8. My initial rating starts as a 7 and it will need time to breathe in the bottle. A snifter of this rum needs to breathe for at least 30 minutes and then a few drops of spring water need to be added. Even with this improvement, it does not boost my rating up to an 8. Hopefully this rating will not tumble down to a 6 like it's 15 year old brother. Maybe it will improve, but I seriously doubt it. The 15 year old Frigate Reserve Rum bought along with this one is a lot better and less than half the price.
Sipping for special occasions only. Good body and nose with a very smooth finish. Looking forward to the next special occasion.
A true blessing for your mouth. An experience in a glass.
Nice El dorado with oaky nose and a less sweet and more spicey taste. My personal preference is for more rounded sweeter rums in this price range, but I would never refuse a sip fron this either :)
Nice taste, a bit oaky but still sweet.
A clear taste and a well balanced rum.
The best for the price.
This is the rum to have on the rocks or neat, just to savor the yummy spices coming together beautifully in each sip.
Smooth easy taste but too sweet when compared to El Dorado 15 years.
Considerably drier than I was expecting but extremely drinkable. While perhaps still partial to the 15-year, this presents a nice, complex flavor with an added woody note that is largely absent in the 12 or 15 year bottles. Overall, very happy to have it in my bar but also not sure I’d buy another with some of the other great options out there for similar/less money.
This rum is very smooth and equally tasty, it has hints of just about everything in it. (Coffee, Caramel, Oak, Citris, Tobacco, Spices, Honey etc.) One of the better rums.
A top 5 rum for me. Fantastic. If price was no option, this would be my everyday drinker.
Beautiful medium brown color. Smokey caramel (tobacco?) on the nose. Is this a signal of 21 years in charred oak? In the mouth, chocolate and a stronger presence of tobacco. The finish is long, with hints of banana and vanilla. All in all, this is a very complex rum, and by far the oldest I have yet tasted. The presence of smoke is new to my young rum-tasting experience.
Yep well made rum, would drink it all day long, just confused as to why the 15yo version tastes better. This is much smoother but I feel it loses it’s body and taste compared to the 15yo.
El Dorado 21-Year rum review by The Ultimate RumGuide