I first found out about El Dorado after buying a bottle of the 12-year-old version on recommendation of my friend Assaf. I fell in love with the stuff, it’s exactly the style of rum that I like, thick, sweet and complex. When my bottle of the 12 ran out I decided to step it up a notch and get myself a bottle of their 15-year-old (which wasn’t that much more expensive to be honest).
This one is supposed to be less sweet than the 12 year old, with less added sugar, around 31g/L in the 15 compared to around 40g/L in the 12(I couldn’t pin down an actual figure, if anyone knows the exact amount please let me know) and had obviously spent a longer tine in wood.
Aged 15 years. 43% ABV. 31g/L sugar added. Matured in ex-bourbon casks.
Nose: Rich dark fruits, prunes, sticky raisins, overripe banana. Woodspice. Rich wood. Molasses. Maple syrup infused with orange peel. Crème de menthe. Slight hint of dry leaf piles in the rain (oddly enough something I pick up in sherry matured whiskies).
Palate: Burst of rich orange, along with some silan. Chocolate coated honeycomb candy (Cadbury’s Crunchie). Banana flavouring. Sultanas. Coffee with milk and lots of brown sugar.
Finish: Long. Coffee note from the palate carries on, becoming a little richer. Then there’s a slight bitter citrus flair along with some After Eight mint thins. Ends with a long flair of dark chocolate and candied orange peel.
Would I buy this: Yes
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
I think I liked this one even more than the 12. It felt a good deal more dynamic with a lot more wood influence and fruity notes showing and less of the classic sugary notes. It’s stunningly complex and rich and amazing drink to just get lost in.