This El Dorado is a Demerara rum worth the fifteen year wait. It comes from Guyana -- the only home of Demerara sugar -- and is produced by Diamond Distillery, the last-remaining Demerara rum distillery in the country.
Demerara rums are iconic. They're an essential for tiki enthusiasts, and anyone who wants their home bar cart to convey that subtle message, 'I know what's up.' Not to mention they hold a special place in the heart of no-fuss minimalists and purists, as they are ideal for sipping on their own. No other ingredients required.
“Don’t be fooled by the green glass bottle — beneath it is a deep mahogany rum, a result of the fermented molasses. Its color hints at the rum’s even deeper taste that leaves a bourbon-like spice mix with zero burn.” - Los Angeles Times
The aroma, and the taste each carry obvious sherry accents of dried fruit and rich bittersweet chocolate...I also taste dark toffee and rich vanilla, orange marmalade peppered with orange peel zest, damp tobacco, and loads of chocolate all smothered in a dry oak-filled smoke... The rum is lush in the mouth and full of character. - Lance Surujbally, The Lone Caner
||El Dorado rum is produced using the distillery's original distilling equipment and heritage stills that are the last of their kind in operation-- some nearly 300 years old. This rum has been laid down in oak barrels for at least 15 years. Aging in ambient temperatures in a tropical environment contributes to the smoothness, complexity, and rich aromas that make these rums so special. Finally, the rum is artfully blended with other, longer aged rums to produce a particular flavor, complexity, and strength. Conforming to global regulations on age statements, the age on the bottle refers to the youngest rum in the blend, though the oldest may be many years older.
||When the Dutch settlers arrived to Guyana in the 1600s, the county of Demerara was actually submerged in the Atlantic. But with the land reclamation methods they'd employed in the Netherlands, the settlers were able to successfully recover the land, resulting in a soil ideal for growing sugarcane: high in minerality and nutrients. By the 1800s, during the period of the British colonization of Guyana, there were more than 300 sugar estates with distilleries operating in the Demerara valley. Now, Diamond Distillery is the last one remaining.
|Ways to Enjoy
Classic: You truly can't go wrong with The Jungle Bird
Unexpected: If you've only ever enjoyed rum in cocktails, it's time to try sipping this superior-quality spirit on the rocks
Gold medal and Best in Class - International Wine & Spirits Competition, London, 2006-2009
94 out of 100 on Distiller.com
750ml & 80 Proof
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