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El Dorado 8-year is a medium-bodied premium rum which has been recently added to the El Dorado portfolio. Distilled from fermented molasses, it is a nice option between the heavier 12-year and lighter 5-year counterparts.
Great sipper, neat or on the rocks. Different enough from 12 that you don't mind having both in the house at the same time. As always with ED, very cheap and a great value.
Got this for a good price and was very curious how it compares to the 12 year. This one has a relatively sharp nose, just like its older brother. Somehow I just don't really like the nose on the El Dorados.
Upon tasting the rum I noticed that there is quite a bit of initial sharpness, which makes way for an oaky flavour combined with caramel. It's definitely not as smooth as the 12 year, but it has some nice warmth. There is a moderately long aftertaste, where the oaky flavour has the upper hand.
I think this is a good rum for when you just want a simple glass to relax with after work. A good "daily driver" if you will.
edit: After some contemplation it's more of a mixing rum for me. It makes for a damn fine Cuba Libre, so I use it for that.
Typical demerara flavour. Strong, molases rum like taste. Caramel and woody flavour are in nice balance. Like it.
Id say this is a pretty good all rounder. For the price, it's not amazing at any one thing, but it does OK with everything. You can sip this quite easily.. it won't be a luxurious sip, but it's definitely sip-able. It will mix well with sodas and other drinks too, it may not be the ideal mixer for that specific mix, but it will work.
It's a bit sweet, vanillas, and dried fruit but not too saturated, a bit of bite and burn. It's fair all around.
It's been a while since I've had this one but I certainly remember really enjoying it. Certainly a step up from the 5 year old. I drink all of my rum neat and had no problem disposing of a bottle of this in short order. Is this great rum? No, but it is certainly above average. Will try the 12 year old in the near future. Can't wait.
This rum is tasty. Pleasuring taste, nice warmth, beautiful amber-brown colour and delicious smell. This one almost drink itself. Not so distinctive as 12yo, but it's rather complementary to it than being it's weaker brother.
It have usual taste palette for middle-aged rums, nothing distinctive, but all well balanced and sugarcoated with some kind of delicious molasses sweetness. For this, it's one of my favourite benefit-cost rums here.
Well, isn't the rating here beautiful? I generally like this one, and rate (in it's category its well above average rum) by seven (and a 3/4). Other fella rather dislikes this one and regrets his 18 EUR purchase, all that for rating 7...
Even though this El Dorado is good enough as a sipper, I think where it really shines is as a mixer and is the primary one I always use when mixing drinks. Also, unlike some of the other ED's this one doesn't have much added sugar so if you're making Tiki drinks you don't have to worry about them becoming overly sweet. At this price point really the perfect rum!
not so excited about this rum. go with the 12... the more sophisticated and handsome cousin.
Forholdsvis billig. God smag. Lad den få luft 5 min. Det vinder den på.
Alkohol: 40 %
Aroma: Vůně docela v pohodě. Kakao, lehce zatuchlé dřevo, bujón, závan medoviny a medové nasládlosti, je i trochu větrová. (84 b)
Chuť: Chutí jsem docela zklamaný. Takový základ, obyčejný čokoládově vanilkovo dřevitý rum, nic moc bohatého, spíš fádní, nudný, s nahořkle dřevitou dochutí, která celkový dojem sráží ještě níž, než chuť samotná. Tím nechci říct, že by to byla nepitelná břečka, ale je to na opravdu velmi nenáročné popíjení, možná bude lepší spíš do míchaných drinků nebo do cukroví nebo tiramisu. (78 b)
Shrnutí: Šel jsem do něj s tím, že se mi dostane nějaké odlehčené verze El dorada 12 yo, ale ten rozdíl je zejména v chuti mnohem víc propastný, než jsem si představoval. Přitom rozdíl mezi 8 yo a 12 yo jsem čekal, řekněme, jen o třetinu slabší. V Maneu byl za 465 korun, takže jsem neprovařil moc, ale za trochu víc bych už měl v akci Pampero Anniversario nebo Barcelo Imperial, a to je setsakra velký kvalitativní rozdíl. Kdybych dal pětikilo na charitu, udělal bych líp.
This relatively cheap bottle blew my mind, one of the better rums i have tasted. I am definitely going to buy the 12y and 15y now. Paid €17,50 for it in the Netherlands, can't buy it everywhere. 8/10
El Dorado has recently become one of my favorite brands of rum. Thus far each and every one I have tried has been a winner. This one is no exception. Albeit not as smooth as it's older brothers, this rum is outstanding for the price. About $20 for a bottle in this region. Somewhat smooth with a bit of a spicy bite. Flavors of vanilla, caramel, butterscotch, and oak with also some spiciness (minor tongue-tingler). An all-purpose rum worth seeking out.
The El Dorado 8 Years is considerably spicier than it's 12 year counterpart but equally sweet. It feels lighter and less smooth.
In my opinion this a superb very well tasting mixing rum. I would give it a rather high 6/10 score as a straight up sipping rum.
The nose is characteristicly Guyanese, which is a very positive thing in my book. It fills your nostrils with oily leather, barrel, tobaco, sweet molasse and a hint of citrus. Love it. The medium bodied palette is smooth and lovely with notes of leather, light liqourice, molasse and a bit of oak. I find that this rum places itself very neatly between the 5 and 12 year old siblings. It feels like an uncomplicated ED 12. Easily enjoyed as a sipping rum, and a monster in cocktails like daiquiri and dark n' stormy. (7,5)
My fav went from the 12, to the 21 and then the 15. As I've moved away for the high sugar rums, I have realized that the 8 is the right one for me with it's comparatively lower sugar numbers.This is a very good mixer and a good sipper. Much smoother than the 5yo too. Updated to an 8+
edited to add sugar test results- 8-15g
I know this is dosed with a small amount of sugar. But it reminds me of nothing so much as a lower proof Appleton Rare 12. That is not faint praise. I think both rums would be perfect neat for Bourbon drinkers. In a sipper I just crave that mouth coating smoothness that a higher dose of sugar will bring. But this one on ice in a 1:1 ratio with cola? An excellent drink. Though I don't drink this neat, and I do the 12, I actually rated this a point higher because I feel it better represents it's age and price point.
I bought El Dorado's 3, 8, 12 and 15 for a gathering. The 3 and 8 went into cocktails, but I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the 8 year old one neat. Since it's supposed to be a 7 according to this website, I'll give it a 7 and use that as a benchmark for future tastings.
Love this one in a lot of tiki drinks, as a sipper it's also pretty good.
Strong demerara rum and excellent mixer. While this rum is decent neat, its price point makes it a great mixer for quality cocktails. It has a delightfully sweet and full bodied flavor that does not linger very long. Well balanced and not overpowering flavor.
A cheaper option to the ED12. Still has a strong molasses flavour, with a little char from the barrel. I buy this all the time.
Mir ist dieser Rum zu „scharf“, besonders im Hals. Er hat eine angenehme Nase ist aber zum trinken eher durchschnittlich.
I'm not a sipper. Mix it with coke and twist of lime. El Dorado 5 is great. 8 is even better. Haven't tried the others like 12. Almost afraid too. El Dorado 8 is so perfect, why spoil it?
Eric - Texas Gulf Coast
Une belle entrée en matière avec les rhums de Demerara ! Nez typique, bouche puissante, aussi bon pur qu’en cocktails !