Rum Review: El Dorado 12-Year
El Dorado 12 Year
Up for review today is another 12-year-old rum, the El Dorado 12-Year. This rum hails from Guyana, and is a true Demerara rum produced by Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL). For a wealth of information on the history of DDL, as well as information on the various rums in their El Dorado line, check out their site here.
The El Dorado bottles have a great look to them. I’m quickly running out of room on my low shelf with all of these squat bottles, but I’m a bit of a salty dog, so I quite like the image of the tall ship and the old style serif lettering.
Opening the corked top gives a satisfying sound that deepens as the contents disappear, inviting the bartender to continue pouring.
I poured a generous serving into my tasting snifter and swirled the contents. After I stopped swirling, several slender legs made a return to the snifter bowl spaced apart almost uniformly while leaving a ring toward the top that seems to say “come hither”.
Wafting the snifter under my nose, I sense very little astringency. Instead I get caramel followed by cream and then a hint of citrus over an oak backdrop. As I sip the rum, I get a moderately slick mouth feel and a bit of spiciness. The same flavor notes are here again, but now the oak gives way to vanilla and more spices. There is a moderate sweetness here that blends well with the rest of the melange.
The aftertaste is almost more interesting than the primary aroma or taste. As flavors and sensations dissipate, each one seems to do so individually, leaving just enough heat and spice to invite another extinguishing.
In summary, this is a very fine sipping rum at a very fair price. It is equally at home in a snifter and high-end tiki drinks. Highly recommended.
Now on to the scores:
- Appearance: 1/1
- Nose: 2/2
- Mouth feel: 1/1
- Taste: 3/4
- Aftertaste: 2/2
- Total Score: 9/10