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Old 11-10-2007, 01:52 AM   #1
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Over the last few days I have been tasting and deepening my appreciation of the El Dorado group of rums... or at least the 4 of them that I have on hand right now. They are white, 12, 15, and 21.

I wanted some white as an expression of the source material before aging. Nothing special, very clean and dry, very light flavors. My first impression was to put it between the Cruzan and Flor de Cana white rums. But I plan to compare a group of white rums soon and will include this one.

The main event was amongst these dark 3. Surprisingly the 21 had the lightest flavor. Too much oxidation? Almost back towards a 5 to 8 yr old?

The 15 was significantly richer. My favorite... compared to... anything. My favorite spirits PERIOD.

The 12 was almost as good. In some aspects I like it better. But for me the downside was the extra sweetness.
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Have you tried the El Dorado Superior Dark Rum? It is a lower shelf product but its not too foul. I used it for cooking in the summer when I grilled banana and dark chocolate inside an aluminium wrapping. Delicious.
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Old 11-10-2007, 09:12 AM   #3
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After tasting the 15 and 21, I've gotten every other El Dorado I can get. White, Gold, 12, 15, 21, and the rum cream. One of these days I have to site down with them all like Angelsword did. It's sure to be a good night sipping these gems.
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Don't overlook the El Dorado 5 year old rum. It's a great mixing rum, it you aren't looking for vodka in a rum bottle.

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Over the last few days I have been tasting and deepening my appreciation of the El Dorado group of rums... or at least the 4 of them that I have on hand right now. They are white, 12, 15, and 21.

I wanted some white as an expression of the source material before aging. Nothing special, very clean and dry, very light flavors.
The white rum you're tasting is only part of the blend which becomes the 12, 15 and other El Dorado rums.These aged rums, like many of the better molasses-based rums, are blends of light- and heavy-body rums. These white rums are comprised mostly of the lighter rums which are then aged and carbon-filtered to remove the color from aging. In the case of El Dorado the 15 is not the same blend as their 12 year old rum aged three more years, just as the 21 is not the same blend as the 12 or 15 aged longer.

Since the heavier rums in these blends need to be aged longer than the lighter rums in order to be palatable, it's a good thing that the white rums don't contain the same proportion of light and heavy rum that go into their white rum.
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Finally. I tried the unaged light and dark El Dorado rums a month or so ago, but it was only yesterday that I finally found the five and the 12 year olds.

After trying the five year old with a few drops of water and then mixing it in a punch, I've decided to reserve it for mixing. Thumbs up. The twelve year old is fantastic. I prefer sweeter rums, and I loved this. I'll keep my eyes open for the older varieties, but I am happy with what I've found so far.

I am glad I pay attention to the suggestions and recommendations here. I haven't been let down so far. These were just two more examples of good advice.
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Has anyone tasted the El Dorado 25yr???
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Old 11-14-2007, 12:29 PM   #7
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I picked up bottles of the Dark and the 5 yr. to see where they fit, and am pleased with both at initial tasting.
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The dark and 5 year old are both nice. I use both for mixed drinks but definitely like the 5 year old most. Depending on the subtlety of drink, I would use one rather than the other. All in all, I am impressed with the El Dorado line. I love, love, love the 12 (more than the 15) but can't wait to try the 21 and 25.
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I am partial to the 12 & 15. One of my very favorites.
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Has anyone tasted the El Dorado 25yr???
The 25 has more smoky oak flavor in the body and finish than the 21 and is a little drier than the 21 but well balanced without being sweeter.
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