El Dorado 25 Year Rum
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El Dorado 25 year rum carries the distinction of being one of those few rums old enough to legally drink itself. As such, it’s auspiciously packaged in an elegant, understated glass decanter complete with a ship logo. The rum inside can be clearly viewed, and is a soft, deep amber color.
When poured in the glass, this rum smells very sweet, and is quite sharp on the nose, burning the sinuses in a way that is sure to grab some attention. And if it doesn’t, the first sip surely will. It burns – quite pleasantly, and quite lingerlingly. Flavor is rather beside the point at this stage, as the sensation overwhelms.
The second, like all subsequent sips, is notably gentler, although it does retain just enough burn to remind you who’s boss. But it also opens up enough to reveal a syrupy sweetness. This rum notably thickens on the tongue, and has a musky finish that’s both warm and edgy. It does not, however, have much else going on.
El Dorado 25 is a decent rum. It’s enjoyable, but lacks remarkable character. And being as it boasts a remarkable price tag, this comes as a definite let down. I’d happily pay $20 for this bottle now and then, but not $300+. As an ultra-premium rum it falls quite flat when compared to many, many others that are far more affordably priced.