ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD

 

Since launching in 1992, El Dorado‘s premium rums range just seems to smash pretty much every type of rum competition they are submitted in. With so much hype behind this range of rum, it’s hard not to be caught up in all the glamour that comes with drinking such premium range rum. It is known as one of the best so my expectations are always incredibly high when it comes to giving their range a try.

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A few weeks back, I gave El Dorado 12 a taste and was pretty much blown away by it completely. This week, I got to try El Dorado 15 Year Old Special Reserve! Retailed at a staggering $149.99 per bottle, this is possibly one of the most expensive rums I have tried to date. With the amount of awards this particular rum has won*, to say I was excited is an understatement. I was practically falling over myself when this arrived in the post and I have been waiting ever so patiently to try it.

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With that being said, El Dorado 15 didn’t do it for me. Now before you get all up in arms, hear me out! However unfair it may seem, I am obviously going to compare El Dorado 15 to my tasting of El Dorado 12. With El Dorado 12 being so perfect in my eyes (see previous blog post) I felt this one was a little… well, flat. Yes there were tones of brown sugar, dates and what I think was liquorice that shone through, but nothing wowed me. Infact, I found it a little bit bitter for me liking. I am all about sweet and spicy rums, and sadly this rum did not hit those spots.

Now I am not saying El Dorado 15 is awful, it is actually far from it! It’s a well-rounded, mature rum with lots of substance with somewhat earthy vibes. But it is more suited for people who are not a fan of sweet rums.

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EL DORADO 15 YEAR OLD SPECIAL RESERVE RUM
2015 Silver Medal Outstanding

International Wine & Spirit Competition, London

2014 Gold Medal

International Wine & Spirit Competition, London

2013 Gold Medal Outstanding

International Wine & Spirit Competition, London

2012 Silver Medal Outstanding

International Wine & Spirit Competition, London

2011 IWSC Trophy for Rum

International Wine & Spirit Competition, London

2011 Gold and Best in Class

International Wine & Spirit Competition, London

2010 IWSC Trophy for Rum

International Wine & Spirit Competition, London

2010 Gold and Best in Class

International Wine & Spirit Competition, London

2009 Gold Medal & Best in Class

International Wine & Spirit Competition, London

2009 Best Rum in UK

Imbibe Magazine ICE Awards, London

2008 Gold Medal & Best Rum Worldwide Trophy

International Wine & Spirit Competition, London

2007 Gold Medal & Best in Class

International Wine and Spirit Competition, London

2006 Gold Medal & Best in Class

International Wine & Spirit Competition, London

2005 Francios Chartier, Authorative Premium Wines Author in Quebec

Annual Buying Guide for Products available at the SAQ

2005 Silver Medal

International Wine & Spirit Competition, London

2005 Top 10 Remarkable Rums

Forbes Magazine – August, 2005 Wine & Food Feature

2003 Bronze Medal

International Spirits Challenge, London

2003 Gold Award (Super Premium Category)

International Rum Festival, Canada

2003 Gold Medal

International Wine & Spirit Competition, London

2003 Which Magazine
2003 Superb (90-95) Highly Recommended

Wine Enthusiast Magazine

2002 Gold Medal

International Rum Festival, Canada

2002 Gold Medal

International Wine & Spirit Competition, London

2002 Bronze Medal

International Spirits Challenge, London

2001 Gold Medal & Best Rum Worldwide Trophy

International Wine & Spirit Competition, London

2001 Best Spirit of 2001, Platinum Medal, Connoisseurs Choice 2001

The Beverage Tasting Institute of Chicago

2001 Gold Medal Winner

Caribbean Communications Inc. Rum Fest

2000 Gold Medal & Best Rum Worldwide Trophy

International Wine & Spirit Competition, London

1999 Gold Medal & Best Rum Worldwide Trophy

International Wine & Spirit Competition, London

1998 Gold Medal & Best Rum Worldwide Trophy

International Wine & Spirit Competition, London

1998 Gold Medal & Joint Trophy

International Spirits Challenge, London

1996 Gold Medal Winner (Premium Category)

Caribbean Communications Inc. Rum Fest

1995 Gold Medal Winner (Premium Category)

Caribbean Communications Inc. Rum Fest

1994 Gold Medal Winner (Premium Category)

Caribbean Communications Inc. Rum Fest