El Dorado Spiced Rum
Product of Demerara Distillery in Guyana. www.demeraradistillers.com
El Dorado Spiced Rum
Products of Demerara Distillery represent a legacy of sugar cane cultivation and rum production that can only be found in a few regions of the world. When the company produces El Dorado Rum they use a blend of rums from three different kinds of stills: Wooden Coffey Still, Wooden Pot Stills, and French Savalle Still.
The 200 year old Wooden Coffey still is the last fully operational still of its kind, and the 250 year old Wooden Pot stills are the last two operating of their kind in the world. The French Savaille Still dates back to the 1800’s and is renowned for the flavorful rums it contributes to the Demerara blend.
The rums that the stills produce combine to create the signature Demerara flavor we expect and mixologists look for when crafting their cocktails.
El Dorado Spiced Rum comes in a tall bottle with a metal screw top. The front label details that the rum is 40% abv and that it is made with natural spice flavors. The back label shares some information about the rum, along with the usual U.S.A. legal requirements.
The rum is an attractive amber color in the bottle that only weakens slightly when poured in the glass. Swirling the rum forms thin legs that race down the glass and then as you continue to watch, another set of thicker legs form and descend slowly as the swirl line forms thick beads on the glass.
The aroma provides a nice swirl of vanilla and cinnamon right out the gate. Covering the glass for a few minutes then uncovering totally changes the experience. The smoky oak from the rum swells forward when I lift the lid followed by a significant orange note. Cinnamon holds the baseline with the slightest kick of nutmeg and allspice in the mix.
This rum has a nice buttery mouth feel with the expected vanilla and cinnamon notes found in the aroma. Taking a light sip, I let the rum play across my tongue and in addition to the vanilla and cinnamon, I find smoky oak, a subtle kick of orange, and a heavy kick of ginger, nutmeg and other baking spices which blend with the cinnamon and form the finish.
I really enjoyed the balance of this product. The vanilla takes the high note, the cinnamon the low, and other flavors swirl in the middle. The unexpected pop of ginger was fun and added a nice dynamic to the flavor. While drinking it neat the spicy finish lingers a bit, but is negated once the product is mixed with cola.
Review by Mr. Paul Senft:
Mr. Senft currently serves as owner of www.rumjourney.com. He has a passion for rum and traveling. He has dedicated himself to describing to his readers about his travels through the Caribbean Islands and writing rum reviews. When he is not reviewing a rum, he is hard at work at trying different cocktail recipes.