It took a while but now i have finally been able to try out El Dorado`s eight year old rum. This is a blend of pot still and column still rums – aged in used whisky and bourbon barrels and was launched in the UK at Trailer Happiness in october-09 just after the UK Rumfest. I was so close to go but things weren´t in my favor so i never made it, maybe i have better luck next time.

When it comes to El Dorado rums i`m always so curious to know more about their stills, one can maybe say that i`m slightly obsessed with these old stills..and the process with which rum is made – i find it totally fascinating. What is missing for me is to actually go there and see them for myself and taste some rum – that would be totally awesome.

The stills used for the 8yo are between the 5yo and the 12yo – it is predominantly the EHP (wooden column still) with a tiny bit of the PM (double wooden pot still) and a couple of metal column stills. The 12yo and upwards all have more pot still than the 8yo whereas the 3yo & 5yo are 100% column still.

But i have a treasure here…its called liquid gold and i wanna tell you how i think it tastes.

The first thing i noticed when i took my first sip was that this one is lighter than the 12 year old, but heavier than the 5 year old so it places itself somewhere in between. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than the 12 but the balance of flavors is as good as you would expect a rum from El Dorado and its not a weak rum. I totally expect every single rum from them to be good and so far i have never been disappointed and i don´t think i ever will be.

The new bottles are cool with a rounded shape but i really hope they never ever change the bottles of the 12,15 , 21 and 25 year old rums because those bottles are the very essence of really rummy bottles. All their bottles also has some stunning labels.

But back to the flavor… this rum is fullbodied and has notes of both vanilla, toffee, dried fruit and citrus and then molasses, wood and spice. Its hard to try to describe flavors and notes and taste is also so personal but i try to give words to the flavors that fills my palate. Its also a training thing – the more rums you taste the better you can detect the various flavors and rum has many flavors!

The nose is to me somewhat woody and spicy with some hints of vanilla. If i close my eyes i see old rum barrels…and the lingering of the flavor stays long with you. This is much rum you get to a good price and all i can say is that El Dorado has come up with yet another outstanding rum.

Its very mixable too and that is a good thing because now we´re gonna mix up two rum swizzles and we`re gonna do it in style with a real sturdy El Dorado wooden swizzle stick! I love the sound of swizzling as much as the sound of the shaker, its something about the sound of crushed ice chilling a cocktail – its like music – and then when the drink arrives, ice cold and eye-pleasingly garnished unless its a non-garnish drink – its one of life`s true pleasures.

So let`s swizzle!

Swizzling is fun and the sound of the crushed tells you about the tastiness that`s gonna soon be ready to be imbibed. When you see the glass has become frosted on the outside, then you know the drink is cold enough.



1.5 oz passionfruit juice

0.5 oz fresh orange juice

0.5 oz fresh lime

2 oz El Dorado 8 year old rum

1/4 simple syrup

1/4 passionfruit syrup

Dash Angostura bitters

Dash homemade greandine

Crushed ice

Swizzle it all in a tall glass half filled with crushed ice, then add a dash grenadine and fill up with more crushed ice. Garnish with fruits, a little mint and your swizzle stick.

I was a bit worried that the rum flavor wouldn`t come through with all this fruit but it did and the rum is enough present – as it should. I also think its important with homemade grenadine here as the natural flavors blends beautifully while a commercial grenadine probably would take over the flavor too much plus tasting – well – “evil”.

I wouldn`t mind a float of LH151 in this… Let`s make another one with a touch of exquisite dark chocolate:



2 oz pineapple juice

1/4 oz Campari

1/4 oz Mozart Dry chocolate spirit

2 oz El Dorado 8 year old rum

0.5 oz fresh lime

1/4 oz simple syrup

Crushed ice

Swizzle all ingredients in a highball glass and garnish with pineapple leaves.

I think i like this one much better, the chocolate flavor comes through and marries so well with both the rum, pineapple, and the campari which adds that little extra. If you like a less sweet drink you may omit the 1/4 oz of simple.

This is an outstanding all-round rum and El Dorado hasn`t disappointed me this time either, but i didn`t expect that. I have only mixed with it here but i can assure you – its great sipped neat.


12 Replies to “EL DORADO 8 YEAR OLD RUM”

  1. gb,i don`t think you offend anyone but surely surprise a few…i can agree that the ED8 isn`t in the same league as the 12 and 15 but molassses syrup? nah…it´s much better than that i think and good for mixing:-)

  2. hmmm..I tried the ED 8 and the best I can say is that it tastes like molasses syrup. In my opinion its not in the same league as the good ED12,the uber fantastic ED15 or or the delicious ED21 at all. I hope this doesn’t offend anyone.

  3. Chris, i like the bottle too;-)

    Sarah, i have no idea, i heard it may be sold in some states already so it would maybe a good idea to check around. After all, it was launched just this fall in the UK..

    And as for Sweden, who knows? i would like to see it here too, believe me.

    S&R Point out to them very specifically that it`s the 3 year old cask aged you want..

  4. The regular ED dark does have an almost burnt astringent flavor to it that can overpower a cocktail for sure. I do like to use about 1/4 oz of it as a float in a few punches that can stand up to it though. The local spirits shop told me they could get the ED 3 in and I was elated until I went to pick it up and it was just the regular white which is available everywhere and quite forgettable.

  5. I really hope the Swedish distributor can start selling the 3, 5, and 8 year old asap. I tried the regular cheapo white and dark El Dorado recently but they don’t really have the demerara profile of their aged products, and kinda sucked. They should totally sell the 3 and 5 year olds instead. If you have any contact with the distributor, please persuade them to start selling these awesome products in Sweden!

  6. Thanks for the review, I’ll be searching for this rum. On a side note, I just got two bottles of ED3 and they are bottled like your ED8. I’m digging the bottle actually.

  7. Thank you S&R!

    Its a ship load of booze yer gettin`- i`m gonna make sure i get Smith&Cross in Nola.

  8. Yeah, I can spend $100 easily at that drinkupny site and then avoid a brutal shipping charge. I might have to do that when the pocketbook allows. As it is, one of the local spirits shops emailed me to tell me they can finally get most of the Haus Alpenz portfolio, so I’m going to be in the poorhouse once I pay for the Smith and Cross, Talor Velvet Falernum, St. Elisabeth Allspice Dram, and Hayman’s Old Tom that they now have coming in for me. That’s on top of the bottle of Scarlet Ibis I just shelled out for. ouch.

    On a happier note, Tiara, your swizzle is outstanding, even if I had to go 50/50 ED 5/ED 15. Very much in the wheelhouse of a Spievak zombie with the big rum and passionfruit flavors melding with the lime and sugar and bitters. Very nice drink!

  9. Alas, yet another ED product that I can’t get! This one must have made an impression on you, as I saw over on the KP Top Rums thread that this one has already joined the ranks of Appleton Extra and Havana Club 7 as a best all-around mixer. I’ll keep praying to the Rum Gods for this one and the ED 3 to finally show up on a shop shelf near me.

    lack of teh ED 8 will not stop me from mixing up my best approximation of your Golden Sun Swizzle this evening. I’ll have to go with equal parts ED 5 and either ED 12 of 15 to try to get in the ballpark of your ED 8. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

  10. Nice review Tiare.

    I have not had the pleasure of tasting this El Dorado, but I quite agree that they are all very nice!


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