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.
Member Reviews and Ratings of El Dorado 21 Year Old Special Reserve
The best rum I've ever tasted! A must have for every stocked bar. The smooth sweet finish leaves the palate wanting more.
I am not a rum drinker, but this was enjoyable without being overbearing in any direction. Not too sweet; not too sharp; not too dry; not too bitter. It was almost a bit too smooth, which may be something that rum drinkers enjoy. I don't know that I'd purchase it for myself, but I would definitely keep it in a well stocked bar, or purchase it for my brother, who enjoys dark rum.
One of the best Rums I've ever had the pleasure to enjoy!
Yummy! I’m not a rum fan but I loved the buttery brown sugar sweetness of this rum. Nice to finally find a sipping rum. On my list to purchased.
This is an outstanding rum - complex nose and palate, lingering aftertaste. Particularly loved the dark chocolate notes. This is rum for scotch lovers!
Though I'm still learning how to truly enjoy spirits, this one was well worth the money and will be enjoyed for quite a while. I will be enjoying this during the summer, sipping on some while just sitting around.
Very smoky. Almost like scotch
A bit harsh but delicious.
Think I just found a good sipping Rum to pair with a cigar
Perfect top of the line rum. On the tradition of the always impressive El Dorados. Mandatory on any respectable (tiki) bar. To be sipped neat, with a pipe.
Love it! One of my favorites. Definitely meant for sipping.
Not a huge rum fan, but, it was sweet and rich. Went very well after dinner.
Rich, bit spicy and bit sweet.
I would agree that this one is so rich that it might be a bit over. Definitely for very special occasions. Might be that one should have it in hot and humid season better than in dry and cold. Just guessing. Very very rich.
Caramel, leather, and dreams of paradise. This rum caused me to exclaim an explicative out-loud. It’s that good.
Rich, dark and flavorful.
Best there is. Neat with a mild cigar.
Spicy with a hint of chocolate. A good sipper neat.
Excellent straight up or on rocks
Very flavorful rum. Light on the tongue and has a nice spice that lingers.
This is the best rum I've ever had. Has a toasted sugar/caramel flavor that really comes through. Way too special for rum & cokes, all you need is a clean glass and some time to waste.
one of the best rums I have ever had. extremely smooth with light sweetness. if you don't watch out this could become an expensive habit.
Smooth delicious caramel flavor. Not recommended with Coke. The caramel flavor clash. It's best neat or on rocks.
Sweet but "masculine," this is a delicate and smooth glass with just the right amount of spice, and the finish is gentle but leathery. A great drink to share with the guys during poker night.
Sweet and smooth. Flavor lingers a long time.
Will be purchasing a bottle! Absolutely delicious!
Delicious! Smooth slightly sweet, very drinkable! Best rum I have ever had the pleasure of drinking!
Hands down the best Rum I've ever tried. Neat all the way.
Sweet, smooth, and very, very dark. Has a little burn going down almost reminiscent of a whiskey, but the brown sugar sweetness of a truly great rum.
A bit too "fruity" in taste for me. It was smooth but as the drink extended- the fruit taste (apples) came through more and more.
Excellent pure taste
A perfect blend of sweetness and wood. Really specific and rich tasting.