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So, having tried the 5 year old El Dorado and finding it rather tasty, I was tempted to treat myself to something rather finer. As I was able to afford it, I ordered the youngest of the luxury cask aged rums from El Dorado. They basically do 12, 15, 21 and 25 year old rums. Whilst I would love to experience the 25 year old, I was not able to justify the higher than £300 price for it. Maybe one day, if my ship comes in. For this, I decided that the just over £30 price for the 12 year old was much more reasonable.
Upon receiving the bottle, I really appreciated the stubby shape, which seemed reminiscent of bottles I half-remembered from assorted pirate films. The smoky glass really adds to this feeling. The age statement is prominently displayed, so no chance of mistaking it for anything else.
Now, to the rum. When pouring, it is a darker colour than the younger, golden rum due to its extra aging in the bourbon casks. It smells extremely rich. It has a hints of smokiness, with real notes of Demerara. The first taste on the tongue is warming, with a definite tingle as I sip it. Then I get notes of the Demerara, but with a little mellow spiciness. Again, smoky is a word that seems to fit the flavour but not in a bad way. It is so very smooth that you really just have to savour the taste.
This is a bottle that I have enjoyed most drunk neat in small doses to really appreciate the rich flavour. While experimenting, I did try it with mixers but there was no significant difference between the flavour of this and some cheaper rums. Or not enough for me to spend the extra money to mix this. My friend and I share an increasing enjoyment of rums and so we did our very own taste test, with no fewer than 8 different rums. We started with a Morgan's Spiced, moved into various 5 and 8 year old rums, before finishing with this and another 12 year old. One thing we noticed was that the El Dorado rums seemed far richer than their age statements when compared to similar rums and this is a rum that I would choose over many others.
If you want a very good rum to mix, then I would recommend the 5 year old but this is one I would heartily recommend to anyone who wants something akin to a fine malt whisky. It has the flavour notes that allow this drink to be savoured and appreciated at length and it is a bottle that lasts me longer than any other, due to the fact that I sip and savour it. It is not cheap but, at around £35 from a number of suppliers, it is the cheapest special reserve rum from this supplier. Being a gold medal winner at many rum awards, it has showed that it is popular in a field full of other good rums.
The Demerara twelve years old is one of the premium rums with a superb colour, smooth taste and full fragrant aroma. The twelve years old rum has been judged the number 1 rum in the premium category from a list of 40 rums from the Caribbean, Central and South America in the annual rum tasting competition organized by the Caribbean Week Newspaper. This is the third time that this product has topped this category within the six years that this competition has been held.