Thanks so much for submitting a report. It has been emailed to the Rum Captain and will be actioned shortly.
I've smuggled all 3 of the single barrel line back to the states, and highly recommend them. Being able to taste the difference in the stills between the 3 (ICBU, EHP, PM - savalle, wooden coffey, wooden pot respectively) is very cool, especially considering some of these stills are the last of their kind. I tend to like the ICBU and EHP best as they tend to be a little smoother.
From the 300-year-old Uitvlugt sugar distillery in Guyana comes this sweet-smelling but bone-dry-tasting rum. It's nutty like a fine Amontillado sherry, but with a noseful of bananas and sugar. Too bad they bottled it at a tame and lame 80 proof. Compare this rum with Duncan Taylor's 1997 offering, also from the Uitvlugt distillery, bottled at 105 proof and full of flavor and fire. The El Dorado people don't seem to know what to do with good rum: either they load it up with sugar and colorants, as in ED 12-25, or they refine it until it's only fit for little old ladies after church, like this stuff. Save your money for better rum.
I think this is the best of the three single barrel offerings from El Dorado. I really did not care for the PM, but the EHP was pretty good. After trying the ICBU, I was impressed. I think the three are very different - and I guess that's the point of the single barrel offerings. Too bad they are so expensive and hard to find. I recently lined them all up again for a side by side by side comparison. Again, the ICBU was excellent and the PM disappointed (me).
In this case, the high price and the pretty face are justified. Thanks.
Almost as good as the EHP; nice balance of oak and orange with a bit of burn on the finish.