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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.
This rum is tougher, warm with taste of caramel and dried fruit.
Middleman you ask? Well the 3 aged rums from Demerara are undoubtedly fantastic sipping rums, but the 15yr is my favourite. I like to compare it more to its older brother with the sweetness and wood flavours. The nose of current, and mincemeat. I let it sit and open up. The aromas of fennel, walnut, and clove come to profile. Take your time with this rum and you will truly enjoy it!
Very smooth sipping rum. I enjoy it on the rocks and sometimes with a splash of Pepsi.
My precious! This is the best rum in my bar. Thick sugarcane aroma not to sweet. Flavors of chocolate, vanilla and dark fruits. Yummie!
This was a first quality rum what I ever tasted! And it was love for a first sip!
Lot´s of flavours and beutifull long aftertaste! Too bad that they all are sold years ago here in Finland.
Very smooth and more complex than the 12, I always have a bottle in my collection. A must for rum drinkers!
This is an old stand-by for me. Delicious either neat, with ice, or mixed with coke, this is a fantastic rum. Bursting with flavours and smooth to boot!
I will just say this is very similar to the 12 yr in that it is a robust rum that is highly sweetened with added sugar, to the tune of 30 g/ltr. This is not nearly as much as the 12 yr which is 45 g/ltr but it it still near the top of the scale according to the Swedish and Finnish lists I have seen.
At least this is a rum that is not overwhelmed by the added sugar, as are some I have had.
the 12 year old one is less sharper , more taste , and cheaper for me.
Nose: little bit sweet ,alcoholic. light sharp, spicy ,oak, fruity , caramel, smoke , wood
Taste: little bit sweet ,alcoholic. light sharp, spicy ,dark fruit , caramel,vanilla , smoke , wood
Similar to the 12 year old as it can be enjoyed on the rocks or mixed. It adds a variety of flavours to cola & truly enhances it. With the dark colours & attractive aroma it is one every rum connoisseur should have on hand.
I bought a bottle of this as my introduction to El Dorado. I really like to sip it. The 21 YO is in it's own class, but you will not be disappointed with the 15.
Deep amber, mahoganey in color. medium legs that slowly drop. Nose is fruitcake & tobacco with a hint of charred oak. taste is orange peel and spice with a nice finish that includes a little leathery tobacco note. This was the rum that "hooked" me and the rum that all others will forever be forced to live up to.
The rum is decent, and definitely a sipper rum, but it mostly tastes like canesugar, and doesn't offer much more than that. Great for a beginner who wants to "step up his game"
By far one of the best rums I have had... this will now be the one that I compare all others to.
Very nice rum.
Good wooden finish.
Nice to drink it plain or with a cola.
This one returns to a little more caramel smell. A nice strong flavor when I tried neat. A nice warm smooth drink and a long pleasant after taste. Very similar to the 12, but with the great smell of the 8.
This is definitely a dosage bottle but I'd say 15 > 21 > 12. I sip it or occasionally use in a cocktail
In my opinion, this is the best rum you can buy that is reasonably priced. Smooth, easy to drink best value for your money.
Its a strong Rum suited for Whiskey-Drinker. Not my cup of tea, as I like more sweet Rums.
Money well spent.
Nice, sweetish and thick.
Perfect on rocks.
This is superior to the 12 year in my opinion by a decent margin. They are different for sure, but this is much more to my liking. In fact it is almost the opposite of the 12 year. The nose is almost overwhelming with heavy Banana and molasses and just a touch of tobacco. Imagine smelling a jar of concentrated molasses made from banana. If you take too deep of a whiff it is overwhelming. It almost made me worry about the taste...but....nope, it is delicious. The first taste is pure nutmeg and honey. Mid palate the banana returns in full force along with butter, butterscotch, nutmeg, rum cake, honey, and just a hint of fine tobacco. The aftertaste is sour cherry, alcohol, and allspice with banana lingering in the background. The only reason this isn’t a full 9 is that there is a slight lingering sourness that remains that I can’t quite place. The nose and palate to this rum are so powerful and complex that they make sipping this a wonderful experience.
Smell: caramel, dried fruits, vanilla, wood, spice.
Taste: caramel, honey, mince, dried fruit, spice, light bitterness. Nice aftertaste.
A good English style rum. The composition of the aromas is well done, it is very rich.
It's very good for the price.
It offers something of everything. It's not very mild and a little bit dry and spicy and sweet.
I like the 43% alkohol in this rum, it gives him a nice character.
Sweetness: 3 / 5
Spice: 4 / 5
Fruits: 3 / 5
Mildness: 3 / 5
This is one of the best ones at value/money ratio. Awesome aroma of vanilla, spice, fruit and oak. Rum is nicely smooth and balanced with little burn at the end. In mouth with flavours of vanilla, tobaccoo, oak and caramel. I can highly recommend this one to everybody.
Forgoing my usual long form review, I want to make the distinction that from 12-21, El Dorado will taste like the Demerara sugar it uses. An overly sweet rum for my tastes, hints of lavender, raisin and sweet tea fills the nose. Tastes of sugar (but not sugar cane like Zacapa) and a floral aftertaste that is extremely subtle.
7 because it's good, but way too sweet for me, if you like sweet, smooth rums, this clocks in at a 9 or 10 honestly, but I cannot overstate how cloyingly sweet this rum is.
Disclaimer: I taste (and drink) all my alcohol (mostly rum) seco, i.e. straight, no ice. If you wish to use this as a mixed drink, please look at another review (which you should be doing anyway, I'm just one man with a subjective palate after all) for a more complete reference.
"El Dorado Special Reserve 15-Year rum review by Mike at Ultimate Rum Guide"