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Whether you call them, clear, silver, white or simple 'see through' how do you drink them?


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Old 08-23-2010, 05:26 PM   #1
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Default Flor de Cana 4 vs El Dorado 3

I have been drinking Flor de Cana for the last several weeks. I have been enjoying it quite a lot in a daiquiri. None of the stores in my area seem to carry El Dorado 3 year. I'm trying to decide if it is worth special ordering through a store (NJ doesn't permit internet ordering of liquor, makes me MAD!!! ) and am curious what those of you who have had both think.

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Old 08-24-2010, 01:01 PM   #2
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I've never tried FDC4 yet, but I know some on here stand by it as one of the best white rums. If I'm not mistaken, I believe it has more of a typical dry finish than what you would find in ED3.

As for El Dorado 3yo, it is my current favorite white rum (although that may change when I open my ED6!). It has the typical ED flavor and character. Great complexity for a white rum, very sippable imho.

I don't believe ED3 is so outstanding that you should bother paying shipping costs and all (That's based on how it would cost me to bring in something in my province, but I'm sure it's different in the US). In the end, only you can decide if it's worth shipping it to your place.
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Old 08-24-2010, 01:19 PM   #3
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I've never tried FDC4 yet, but I know some on here stand by it as one of the best white rums. If I'm not mistaken, I believe it has more of a typical dry finish than what you would find in ED3.

As for El Dorado 3yo, it is my current favorite white rum (although that may change when I open my ED6!). It has the typical ED flavor and character. Great complexity for a white rum, very sippable imho.

I don't believe ED3 is so outstanding that you should bother paying shipping costs and all (That's based on how it would cost me to bring in something in my province, but I'm sure it's different in the US). In the end, only you can decide if it's worth shipping it to your place.
Thanks for the thoughts. I stand corrected. I just did a little research and I actually can order liquor over the internet and have it sent to New Jersey. There is a confusing law that permits/does not permit wineries to ship to New Jersey residences and I thought the law was the same for liquor stores. Nice to know that I have options.

Wayne

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Old 09-09-2010, 07:29 PM   #4
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Be sure to let us know what you think. I too was pondering procuring a bottle of Flor de Cana 4 or El Dorado 3. I went with the FDC 4, the ED 3 is next on my shopping list, let us know what you think of it and how you think they compare.
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For what it's worth, to my taste the El Dorado 3 year old has a bit more coconut flavor than the Flor de Caña. American oak barrels tend to give spirits more coconut flavor while French oak tends to yield more almond flavor in the body.
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I should preface this by saying that I have only tried FDC 4 Extra dry a few times, but each time I tried it I liked it better than the last. The El Dorado 3 is great but as Ed said it has that coconut flavour that to me diminishes it just a tad each time I try it.

Now here is the paradox I like El Dorado 3 better if I must sip, but if I make a daiquiri, or just about any other cocktail, I prefer FDC 4. Since I am a mixer at heart FDC 4 gets my vote by a hair.
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Old 09-09-2010, 11:21 PM   #7
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After trying them both head to head in daiquiri's mixed exactly the same way, I thought the ED3 was better. FWIW. I love them both, for sure, and I have to say that with either you will have a terrific cocktail. As the pattern of responses suggests here, the only way to figure it out for yourself is to try them yourself. Everyone has their own tastes, obviously. So there is no better, really. That's what makes all of this so fun and interesting.
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Old 09-10-2010, 01:10 AM   #8
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Well, I now have both and I have tried them both straight and made a few daiquiris. To my taste, the FDC 4 seems a bit smoother and cleaner than the ED 3. The ED 3 has a more distinct flavor, I taste the coconut, but in a cocktail the FDC 4 seems to blend better to me. I like them both but if I had a choice right now I lean toward FDC 4.

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