El Dorado Special Reserve Rum 15 year old
Many Rum aficionado's consider this 15 Year Old to be the best value/highest quality that money can buy. El Dorado crafts super premium aged Rums at very affordable prices in Guyana in the Caribbean. The evolution of rum distillation dates back nearly 400 years. Upon arriving in Guyana in 1498, Christopher Columbus began planting sugar cane. 150 years later the Dutch came to Guyana and established the first settlements of Essequibo and Berbice, introducing the cultivation of sugar cane along the coastal plain and the banks of the great rivers. At its peak Guyana was home to over 300 sugar estates with distilleries, each producing their own signature rums. Over the years these 300 sugar estates were whittled down to one lone estate and distillery, “Plantation Diamond,” located on the east bank of the Demerara River.
Today, Demerara Distillers (the parent company of El Dorado Rum) operates that last remaining distillery. Plantation Diamond houses 8 stills, some of which are the oldest operating stills in the world. These stills are all completely different in composition (wood, double wood, copper, etc...) and size, all yielding entirely different distillates that lead to the complexity that is El Dorado Rum. Similarly to cognac, the age on a bottle of El Dorado rum indicates the youngest spirit found in the bottle, so the elixir inside was aged for a minimum of 15 years.
This is a blend of marques from four historic stills, and it has a full nose packed with dark coffee, candied orange, almonds, dark chocolate, pepper and rich vanilla. Beautifully rounded palate with many layers of flavors from grilled tropical fruits to smooth oaky spices, this is silky, vibrant and full-bodied with great balance.
Wine EnthusiastOpening nosing pass shows deft touches of caramel, honey and molasses. Palate entry is dry to off-dry and mildly honeyed; the midpalate is stately, medium-bodied and tastes of tar, tobacco, old oak and molasses. Aftertaste is long, bittersweet, brandy-like and tastes of dark caramel. -P.P.