When i first heard about this rum i got really excited, i knew too well how good El Dorado rums are and i could only imagine how great an aged white would taste. It took long though before i finally got the chance to try it myself and in the meantime i heard only good about it and my expectations were high.
The 3 year old cask aged came to be when the DDL were asked if they could produce an aged white rum as opposed to their unaged white.
I can safely say that this ED rum places itself in the top of all the white rums, even the best. The nose is sweet with hints of sugarcane and vanilla, its very inviting. If you wanna be transported to rum heaven all you need to do is take a sip of this – you will feel the whole awesomeness of sweet complexity, its raining notes of vanilla, chocolate, toasted coconut, cane sugar and buttery caramel. This rum is exceptionally smooth, flavourful, aromatic and hands down incredible!
It sips fantastically and it mixes very well, what more is there to ask of a rum?
I`m trying to find something to complain about but i cannot, to my palate this rum is perfect. Maybe it could have a bit more bite so it would stand up better against mixers in rum cocktails as i like rums that with their flavors dominates when it comes to rum cocktails. This one is jsut a tad too delicate and therefore needs to be mixed in such cocktails as a classic daiquiri for example. In a tiki drink i`m afraid it would almost dissappear.
But its an exceptional rum and in my world now king of the white rums. Its aged for a minimum of 3 years in oak casks and then double-filtered through charcoal and distilled by Demerara Distillers Ltd – Guyana.
The Chicago Beverage Testing Institute (BTI) have in their latest release of the 2009 International Review of Spirits awarded this El Dorado product a Gold Medal (and Best Buy) with a rating of 93 points bringing it to the top in the White rums category with the 4 Year Old Flor de Cana and Rhum Clement Premiere Canne Rum.
Previous ratings for El Dorado rums are listed as follows:
92 points – El Dorado Rum Cream Liqueur (Gold Medal)
94 points – El Dorado 5 Year Old (Gold Medal)
95 points – El Dorado 12 Year Old (Gold Medal)
96 points – El Dorado 15 Year Old (Gold Medal)
98 points – El Dorado 21 Year Old Rum (Platinum Medal) – now the highest rated rum in the USA).
No other distillery has ever had all six of its entries securing points in the nineties. The standards of excellence which exist at Demerara Distillers Limited is impressive indeed. And putting all points aside i can safely say that this rum really is that good.
In the last century, the remaining Guyanese distilleries were consolidated by Demerara Distillers Limited on the site of the Diamond Plantation, and today operates as the sole rum producer in Guyana. With a production capacity of more than 26M liters of pure alcohol annually, DDL sell bulk rum to a number of international blenders and bottlers and bottles rum under their own El Dorado and other labels.
Today, DDL operates a number of stills used to make their typical light and heavy type rums. DDL also operates the last remaining wooden stills in the Caribbean.
This is their EHP wooden coffey still in all its awesome glory.
The old wooden coffey still is the last operating still of its kind in the world today and is made of rectangular frames stacked on top of each other with metal perforated trays in between. The rectifier has cooling coils passing through some of the sections.These wooden stills are made of local hard wood. I really want to go and visit the DDL to see these old stills and also their heritage center.
As for how they maintain these old stills they do it by changing the wood in a very clever way. They do of course not change all the wood at the same time – that would ruin the unique flavour as the wood soaks up some of what is being distilled in it as well as giving flavours & complexity to what is being distilled.
So instead they change it in small sections so there´s always some old and some new wood mixed in the still. On average each section is changed every 15-20 years and once they finish all the sections they just start again at the other end. There are in operation 4 column Savalle stills, 2 wooden pots, 1 wooden coffey and 2 metal columns. ( as far as i know)
Here (below) you can see the double wooden pot still. El Dorado 12 contains predominantly copper coffey still rum from Diamond blended with this double wooden pot still at Port Mourant and also marques from the Enmore wooden Coffey which you see above in the big picture.
The 15 year old (my fav rum) contains equally double wooden pot from Port Mourant and metal coffey from Diamond, blended with single wooden pot still (Versailles) and marques from the Enmore wooden coffey still.
Its a lot of stills..!
The double wooden pot still.
El Dorado VSG pot still.
I´m a bit of a geek when it comes to stills and especially these unique ones. I really need to go and visit the DDL distillery some day, i hope it can be possible.
And there´s another El Dorado on the horizon..an 8 year old, stay tuned.
For full disclosure picture courtesy and sample was provided by DDL – Read more on El Dorado rums here.