El Dorado 21 Year Old
While a significant price increase from its slightly younger siblings, the 12 and 15 year old rums, it is the oldest while still being reasonably priced. It is produced as a blend of the three major stills from El Dorado, The Savalle, The Wooden Coffey Still and The Single Wooden Pot Still.
This comes in the standard bottle unique to this El Dorado line up, but by far has the worst label. The fonts chosen are awful, either too hard to read or look like they are out of a chinese food menu. In the glass though, things turn around. The rich medium amber of the rum looks amazing in the glass.
The things you get used to with El Dorado rums are there - the oak, sweetness, caramel, and citrus (especially orange). The 21 breaks from tradition as some baking spices and raisins lead the aroma. Tying it all together is a hint of banana which bridges the sweet and tangy notes to the baking spices.
The rum starts off dryer than you would expect based on the nose. The slight warmth of the alcohol is noticeable but not prominent. In this almost overly complex rum I can sense the strong oak, the thick caramel, and vanilla sweetness. Carried over from the nose we have the raisins and banana, but added to it are other dried fruit - dates, prunes, and figs.
This one continues long into the night. The flavours evolve and change on your palate - never resting for too long. It is one of the best finishes in a rum I have had the chance to try. Rocking in at ~$110 a bottle this is still something I only have on occasion, but it is absolutely delightful. A real treat to give to your guests.
Product: El Dorado 21 Year Old
Aroma: Fruits, Citrus, Caramel, Raisin, Oak, and Sweetness.
Alcohol: Smooth - Warming
Flavour Intensity: Medium - Pronounced
Flavour Characteristics: Fruits, Caramel+, Oak, Vanilla, Orange peel, Apricot, Prunes, Figs, and Raisins.
Complexity: Some complexity
Quality: Very good
Reasoning: Decently complex, with a reasonable finish.
Theme: Aged Rum
Style: Aged Rum
Price: Premium - Super Premium