El Dorado 12


I got this on the recommendation of my friend Assaf after attending the rum club meeting mentioned in my last post. It was the first ‘proper’ rum I’d ever bought and I’ve really been enjoying it. It’s just so different from the basic stuff most bars carry.

This beautiful thing is Demerara rum, from Guyana. Once just about every sugar plantation in the area produced its own rum but now the only remaining distiller in the region is Demerara Distillers, the producers of El Dorado. It’s a blend of column and pot still rums matured for at least 12 years in oak (ex-bourbon as far as I understand).

Aged 12 years. 40% ABV.

Nose: Sticky treacle. Wood oils, mainly cedar. Lemon rind. Waxy fruit peels. Dessicated coconut. Very woody vanilla. Something herbal, like fennel but note quite.

Palate: Feels quite thick and sticky. Brown sugar (obviously). More waxy fruit peels. Some woodspice, almost like a rye. Some cane juice follows up. Sweetened black coffee. Slight hint of liquorice.

Finish: Medium. Not as long as expected, but still decent. Root beer. Crisp green herbs, like wintergreen. Orange peel. Bitter wood. Slight woodspice.

Would I buy this: Yes

Would I order this in a bar: Yes

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes

VFM: 4/5

This is a lovely rum, thick and sweet and hugely complex. I’ve very thoroughly enjoyed this bottle (it’s nearing its end) and it really opened my eyes to what good rum can be.


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