El Dorado Guyana 21y
The jewel in the crown of Demerara Distillers Limited, certainly for those of modest means is the El Dorado Guyana 21y Old Finest Demerara rum. The rum is made up of a blend of rums from Demerara Distillers’ world-famous stills, the Enmore (wooden Coffey still), the Versailles (single wooden pot still), and the Albion (Savalle still). It is worth noting that all the rums in the El Dorado range boast differing components in their blend. It is not a case of the same rum(s) being aged longer.
The presentation of the 21 Year Old is in keeping with the 12 and 15-Year-Old. Same shape bottle and similar box. The difference really is the color scheme. For the 21-year-old they have opted for a very vivid blue.
The age statement on the El Dorado 21 is also worth mentioning. Unlike solo style rums DDL guarantee that 21 Year Old is the age of the youngest rum in the blend. Some of the rum contained therein may be considerably older.
El Dorado 21 is produced near the equator in Guyana by Demerara distillery. The final product is a blend of rums, aged between 21 and 25 years and crafted using 100% locally sourced Demerara sugar. Traditional tools are used in the distilling processes including three unique wooden stills. The rums rest until maturity in 45-gallon oak casks.
El Dorado Guyana 21y In the Bottle
The presentation for the 12 years, the 15 years, and the 21-year-old El Dorado Rums include a squat smokey opaque brown bottle that has a funky old-world charm and which looks great on my rum shelf.
the fact that each rum in the series arrives in a smartly colored display box helps to protect the spirit from the deleterious effects of light. Finally, each is closed with a quality cork topper which for me is the final requirement for a quality presentation.
El Dorado Guyana 21y In the Glass
In the glass, the 21-Year-Old Rum displays itself as a rich mahogany brown liquid with bronze flashes in the light. A quick tilt of my glass shows an army of moderately thick legs crawling down the sides back into the rum.
El Dorado Guyana 21y Nose
As pictured the rum looks very dark in the bottle but lightens up once poured into the glass. The rum is a deep rich mahogany color. The nose is that classic Demerara but more specifically El Dorado nose. Anyone who has tried an El Dorado rum will recognize the rich, fruity notes. The brown sugar and spices. Lovely.
Very inviting. Even once the rum is gone nosing the empty glass is a joy. There is nothing in the nose that is off-putting or feels like it shouldn’t be there.
When tasting the rum for the first time, the extra aging of the spirit is clear. There is an extra layer of oak in the profile compared to the younger expressions. The 21 exhibits all the classic rich dark dried fruits and warm spiciness of classic Demerara rum.
It is rich and sweet almost like a Christmas Pudding in a glass. Notes of oak and a slight spiciness also come through. The rum is very smooth and easy to drink but complex enough to ensure you savor each sip of the drink. The finish is long-lasting and very enjoyable.
El Dorado Guyana 21y Flavour
The entry into the mouth is somewhat drier than the nose implied. The mouth is heated up with oak spice, and the impression is that sampling a yummy oak and toffee extract filled with rich brown sugar. The oak is at the center of the flavor, yet the tannins do not inhibit the other flavors in the rum from forming and delighting.
Raisins, prunes, and dates give the rum an almost smoky quality while the impressions of nutty elements add softness to the mouth-feel. Cinnamon, vanilla, and brown sugar create a wonderful baking spice flavor that weaves throughout, and the rum is an absolute marvel of complexity and balance.
There is much more but my ability to discern the different sensations is well behind this rum’s ability to provide them. only attest to vague impressions of tea leaves, cocoa, and even a hint of coffee in the swirls of flavors in my mouth. This is rich and elegant!
The finish is perhaps just a touch dry and ends with a surprising amount of vanilla wrapped into the oak baking spice. A delicious chocolate almond fade is evident. There is a feeling of sublime richness.
Last THought about El Dorado Guyana 21y
This is a complex and rich sipping rum. It is not a rum that would consider mixing. It is so enjoyable on its own and the younger El Dorado rums make such excellent mixers you would be a fool to yourself to mix rum. It’s, without doubt, one of the best rums you would have ever tried.
It is smooth, yet still has a spice and oakiness in its profile. It’s a very well blended rum. Of course, comparisons will be made by anyone who drinks it. However, it is different. It’s different enough to consider a purchase. It may initially not seem that much better than the 15 year old for the money. Then again it just re-inforces what fantastic value the 15 Year Old is.
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