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Old 09-11-2009, 02:35 AM   #1
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Default El Dorado 5yr-different label?

I received a rum shipment today from a store that was recommended to me by several members at another rum related forum. The store has really great prices, so I ordered several rums that I can't get here in Cincinnati included a restock of El Dorado 5 Year, which is a staple in my bar. I received the order today, but the ED 5Yr had a different label than what I've bought for the past couple of years. This is what I had been buying:



This is the current label according to the ED website. Here's what I received in my shipment today:



I'm wondering of this could this is an older label? The biggest (and best) surprise was what's in the bottle. While the two products are obviously cut from the same 'mother rum', the 'older label' that I received today had a much deeper, richer colour, flavour and nose than the 'standard' ED5 that I've been buying for years. I did an A/B tasting if the two with my Wife and the difference wasn't subtle at all-in fact the 'old label' tasted very much like the ED 12 year old that I have bought before. It's deep and rich enough to sip straight.

Has anyone ever come across this label, and has ED 5Yr changed character in recent years?

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Old 09-11-2009, 04:47 AM   #2
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Has anyone ever come across this label, and has ED 5Yr changed character in recent years?
No, but you should send it to me 'just in case'.....
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Old 09-11-2009, 04:47 AM   #3
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You know Craig I wonder if you have not uncovered some of the mystery concerning that 'weird' bottle of ED 5 that I talked about in my other thread. I finally decided I must have gotten a bad bottle because my remembrance of older ED 5 was of a much sweeter rum.

Recently at a friends house I again experienced a much more bitter ED5. Perhaps the newer blend is different. Although I must admit I never encountered labels that had changed. Then again the labels on my bottles are different than either label you have shown. A different bottle shape too.
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Both bottles shown are now older bottlings. It now comes in a "V" shaped attractive bottle. I think I have all three with varying ammounts of rum in them!!
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Yes, there have been some changes in the label and the blend. I still like it but sometimes I prefer the older bottlings. Rum, like life, changes.
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My Wife (whose palette is keener than mine) and I did another side by side tasting after I posted last night. Our consensus is that the 'newer' ED5 is considerably drier than the 'older' label ED5. The deeper, richer flavour of the older label really shined through in a round of Navy Grogs (Don The Beachcomer's recipe via Beachbum Berry), the drink had an even deeper and more complex character than usual. I'm stocking up on this one.
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This was similar to my observations when I did my previous thread. I am glad you posted your observations. I betcha I got the last of the old blend in my newer bottle which caused my confusion. Pity the older blend was much nicer IMO. But I do agree with Ed that the newer bottle shape is much nicer.



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My Wife (whose palette is keener than mine) and I did another side by side tasting after I posted last night. Our consensus is that the 'newer' ED5 is considerably drier than the 'older' label ED5. The deeper, richer flavour of the older label really shined through in a round of Navy Grogs (Don The Beachcomer's recipe via Beachbum Berry), the drink had an even deeper and more complex character than usual. I'm stocking up on this one.
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These are the three bottles of 5 year old from El Dorado.



This is a closer view of the latest 5 year old, with not too much rum left in it!!
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This is a closer view of the latest 5 year old, with not too much rum left in it!!
None of them have enough to save.. LETS DRINK THEM!!!
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Last time I was in Guyana (about 18 months ago) all the shops had the 5 year old with the old label, even though the 5 year old with the newer label had already been available in the UK for a number of years. The 5 year old with the newest (red) label is a "cask aged" rum and, therefore, a different product altogether.

It would be nice to be able to taste all three of them at the same time, just to remind myself of the similarities and differences. That might necessitate another trip to Guyana. Yes, it's a hard life.

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