A bit of an oddity here. I was browsing the shelves at a local liquor store and saw this very odd bottle of rum I’d never heard of or seen before. I asked the guys in my rum club but no one knew much about it. The bottle seemed to just be loaded with buzzwords like XO, Limited Edition, Cask Strength, Cigar blend and so on. Suspicious, but interesting.
Thanks to /u/gregbenson314 for the sample via /r/ScotchSwap’s Secret Santa on reddit.
This is the last of the very cool samples I got from my Secret Santa gift. Unlike the others this one is a rum, not a whisky. I started dabbling in rums somewhat recently so I’m always glad to broaden that horizon. This is from Venezuela. I’m still not 100% familiar with each rum producing region’s character but this is the first time I’m really sitting down with a Venezuelan rum, so no idea what to expect (I usually do my tasting notes before looking too much into the background behind what I’m drinking).
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).
Sometimes I have trouble deciding which whisky to pick as my nightcap. Sometimes I just have a cup of tea, but sometimes I try something a little different. I’ve been slowly exploring what the world of rum has to offer.
A few months ago I was invited to join our local rum club as a guest at one of their monthly meet-ups. This was a particularly good one to attend as they were finishing off what was left of a year’s worth of bottles. This meant that I got to try a really huge range of rums and really see what was out there. I’ve always had a soft spot for rum, but usually the mass produced stuff and usually mixed.