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Guyana may well be located in South America, but its soul is fully Caribbean. El Dorado is a pioneering brand of premium sipping rum (i.e. good enough to drink neat) from the only remaining live distillery in Guyana - the Diamond Distillery. Credited for popularising sipping rum in a market that did not originally appreciate rum neat, El Dorado has gone on to win many awards and become recognised as the world's best rum at many competitions. Their rums have a signature note of cinnamon sugar, banana cake, chocolate syrup and a liquorice-like note of Chinese Pei Pa Koa syrup (枇杷膏).
The El Dorado 21 is the oldest of the brand's core range. Produced and aged for 21 to 25 years in Guyana, a fine example of good mature rum.
Nose: Buttery, caramelly and chocolatey, similar to notes of a Mars bar. Turns to ripe bananas and heavy Christmas cake. Hints of tobacco and sandalwood, leading into slightly sulphuric spent match smokiness.
Taste: Sultanas, dates, blackcurrant, macadamia nuts with a touch of rosewater. The mid-palate brings rich dark chocolate and nutmeg.
Finish: Very long with there's fried plantains and handfuls of raisin notes right through to the end, with just a little hint of spicy cinnamon.
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