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El Dorado Special Reserve 15-Year rum is crafted from 15 to 25 year old rums that are then blended and married together in bourbon oak casks. Prior to blending the original batches are distilled using 4 unique stills - the Enmore and Diamond Coffey stills, the Port Mourant double wooden pot still, and the Versailles single wooden pot still.
The bottle of El Dorado Special Reserve 15-year was inspired by the the old hand-blown flasks used by sugar planters on the banks of the Demerara river.
Sugar: 38 gpl. I purchased this rum with great expectations but I was disappointed in the bitter taste and overall burn. Too much oak for me. Sweetness was good. Some different flavors that I could not quite figure out. There are far better sipping rums on the market. If you are going to purchase an El Dorado, step up to the 21 year old bottle. Or save the money and purchase the 12 year old. It's a better value than either of the 15 or the 21 year old.
Nose is sweet and licorice with cherry and molasses.
Lots of fruit and sweet on the tongue with cherry, vanilla, citrus, licorice and brown sugar.
Finishes smooth sweet then with a slight touch of dry.
This smells and tastes like a rum old fashioned.
I like this so much that I want to give this an 8, but it is a bit too sweet and lacks the depth of a 15 year old. Still a very good sipper.
Now this is tricky, coz somehow I have enjoyed 12yo more, I now this is one is less sweet so should have been better, but 12yo with its sweet but complex taste is destroying competition of other sugar rums within its price range, and on the other side this 15yo is very good but it could have done better for this extra money that you have to spend, and I'm afraid that there are better alternatives.
Final verdict: I will choose 12yo over this one
This is a sweet rum; very flavorful, good price points. I love sipping on the 15 year old brand.
Will update as my pallete for funky Demerara rum has changed and I recall this being not as sweet as expected for how much sugar is added...
I dont understand how 12 and 15 can be so different. Love 12, would drink it almost any time... Need to be in mood for 15. Why? No idea... Does it make the rum better or worse? No idea...
Tasted this back to back with the 12 and the 21 and by far my least favourite.
Harsher than the 12 and almost a whisky taste. Not what I want from a rum.
Nice, but not great. I was expecting so much more. The plantation 20 year is still my favorite.
Nose: Big, deep, full. Bigger than the 12 year old. Cut oak, aniseed, brown sugar, molasses, a bit of engine oil and some tar. A little smoke creeps in, slightly burnt and smoky toffee. Definately related to the 12 year old but beefed up, more brooding and deeper. Complex and murky. Yum.
Palate: Sweet delivery and quite a viscous mouth-feel. A mirror of the nose with aniseed again and black liqcourice, plenty of oak and some char/soot. The savouries are holding the sweets off, just about. Some slightly sour fruits, stone fruit and prunes in juice.
Finish: Medium to long. Spicy and sweet at the same time. The sugar coats your mouth and carries the sweetness to the finish but the oaky spices buzz around your mouth and dry up with that liqcourice and aniseed. Right at the end there are some more lively fruits like pineapples and oranges and a lasting note of leather/tobacco.
Same score as the 12, although I like this better. It's more of a 7.5.
Very tasteful. Good aroma's and not to much of a bite
Great flavor with a slight bitter taste but smooth finish.
I admit I am new to the evaluation of rum but have been enjoying it since my youth. I found this rum to have a great flavor but it seemed to have a slightly bitter back taste. But would enjoy again.
some times you get a bottle and you remember the other bottle being better. I find the 12 better
Efter 12 måtte man jo prøve 15. Igen ikke den helt store oplevelse for mig men den har en god dybde og er heller ikke i den rigtig søde ende.
El Dorado 15 year has a good flavor profile but quite a strong after burn. The most surprising fact to me was the fact that 12 year is smoother than this 15 year old rum. 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.
I had previously shared a bottle of El Dorado 21 with friends at the cigar lounge and we all felt that was a "10" rated rum. Picked up a bottle of the 15 year and I felt it had a very strong medicine afterburn to it. Didn't taste any of the black cherry I got with the 21. Adding a small amount of water made it a little better for me.
I tried like hell to like this, and it came highly reviewed...but I really cant. It has no depth or flavor to speak of for me, which is unfortunate. I tried it neat, over ice, right out of the bottle and I let it open up some...just nothing on the flavor profile that makes me want to go back.
To be fair I only had a 3cl sample bottle of this. I took a long time over it but from first opening to final sip there weren't many changes for me. I found the nose and taste weaker than the 12, with a prominent burn I wasn't really expecting. It is as others say a different rum to the 12, and also the 21. There's a link between the 12 and 21 but would put the 15 in a separate category.
El Dorado 12 is all you need, I wouldn't spend any more on the 15 or 21(again)
Dle hodnoceni zde jsem cekal, ze to bude spicka. Mozna i je, ale osobne mi neprisel tak skvely. Vune koreni a trochu koure. Chut nasladla se silnym zaverem
Mon palais n'est peut-être pas encore assez développé ou encore est-il brûlé pas mes années à boire n'importe quoi. Le El Dorado 15 est bon ne vous méprenez pas mais le goût ne justifie pas la différence prix avec le ED 12.
A bit better than the 12, but still too sweet for me
Rum dobrý, ale dost z něj cítím alkohol. V této ceně sáhnu radši po Presidente.
Dejlig og behagelig rom, med snert af eg og karamel. Dog for sprit, i smag og næse.
The time finally came for me to plunk down $45 for this bottle since it was still within my $50 limit for sipping rums. For single malt scotches, prices start at $50 and swiftly go up past $100. With fine rums, one can get some really great rums for $50 or less.
At any rate, with the three of these rums side by side in Glencairn glasses that were all allowed to breathe for 30 minutes, my test began. The ED12 is the darkest, followed by the ED15, then the ED8. Color differences between them are subtle except when comparing the lightest ED8 to the darkest ED12. The ED15 had the best nose by far, but maybe because it is a new bottle. As for taste, the ED8 had to be told bye bye on the first round, so then it became a very tight race between the ED15 and the ED12. The only difference is that the ED15 has a strong after burst of bitter flavors over the ED12. Then again, since my bottle of ED15 is new, it just may mellow out until it cannot be told apart from my ED12. Save yourself $14 or more and stick with the El Dorado 12. The ED15 loses a point for slightly bitter after taste and higher price.
Update May 3, 2018:
I have no choice except to downgrade this ED 15 from a rating of 8 to a 6. After sitting in it's bottle and breathing for several months, my ED 12 which had longer breathing time still wins. There is a saying in the distilled spirits world about being too long in the wood. Evidently, 12 years is optimum for taste and then it goes downhill. Fools and their money always part, and they got me on this 15 year old, but never on their 21 year old. The ED 12 is still one of the best rum bargains that one can find. Since it is also a sugar bomb with 35 gpl of added sugar, one can simply add a certain amount of a rather boring dry rum to it to reduce the added sugars per liter without changing the taste very much.
El Dorado Special Reserve 15-Year rum review by Mike at Ultimate Rum Guide