EL DORADO 15 YEAR OLD
This rum has been laid down in oak barrels for at least 15 years then artfully blended using the Enmore and Diamond Coffey Stills, the Port Mourant Double Wooden Pot Still and the Versailles Single Wooden Pot Still – for you to savour and enjoy.
Tasting Notes: Full nose packed with dark coffee, candied orange, almonds, dark chocolate, pepper and rich vanilla. Beautifully rounded palate with a great spread of flavours: grilled tropical fruit with smooth oaky spice – silky, vibrant and moderately full-bodied.
Appearance: Delightful burnished old gold appearance, like a top grade Baltic Amber, clear as a bell. On Swirling leave a thin coat on the glass with long thin legs slowly forming with drops sliding down the side of the glass.
First Impression: Understated, but complex bouquet. Pecans, ghee, mace/nutmegs, dark fruit, old leather, toffee, char, Erinmore pipe tobacco.
Taste: Sweet, but rapidly drying entry, almost buttery light-to-medium body, like a good aged cognac. Lots of smoke/char, spice, dark fruit and some sweet tropical fruit with char and saddle leather notes intermingled, barrel oak spices, vanilla, Yendije Sobranie tobacco a rich complex rum.
Final Thoughts: A very complex and delicious rum, especially for the money. Shows what can happen if rum is carefully aged and blended – as tasty as a cognac or Armagnac (but in different ways) of a similiar age and finishes just as nicely. About 1/2 to 1/3 the cost of a Single Malt Scotch of a similar age. All of the El Dorado rums are very unique from a distilling point of view and a good candidate for a horizontal age tasting or flight to compare styles and distilling methods. Subvert the dominant rum paradigms and buy this brand instead of the heavily advertised ones. – Spirits Review