Over 300 Guyanese sugar cane producers got a bit carried away and formed a co-operative.
El Dorado Rum is also known as the ‘Liquid Gold of Guyana’. Demerara Distillers started in 1670 when every sugar estate in Guyana had its own Rum still and a group of sugar cane producers formed an exporting co-operative. This early production of Rum for sailors was the beginning of the Demerara. Guyana had as many as 300 producers at any given time over the years.
El Dorado (the name of an Indian chief who founded the golden city, according to the legend) 21 Year Old Rum uses a selected blend of Rums from their World-famous stills, two of them – the Enmore (wooden Coffey still) and the Versailles (single wooden pot still) – are the World’s only functioning wooden stills. The El Dorado range is so distinctive because of this heritage.
All the Rums in the blend have been aged at temperatures of 30°C-34°C in oak at least 21 years, making this one of the oldest production Rums in the world. This age statement is quite different to those Rums which feature a solera style age statement which highlights the oldest Rum in the blend and usually includes a high percentage of Rum which is much younger in the blend. That makes a big difference!