Friday, January 29, 2016

Rum - El Dorado 8 Y0 Demerara

Produced in Guyana this amber offering is a fairly new addition to El Dorado`s lineup. The NSLC tasting note says of the spirit....

"A distinctly smooth aged rum with tobacco and caramel aromas and dried fruit flavours. Enjoy this rum by itself, over ice, or in cocktails".

Since my objective is to find affordable rums that can be enjoyed neat or on ice I purchased a 750ml bottle for $30.99 CDN which firmly places the rum in the value for dollar category.

El Dorado offers this description of their 8 year Demerara.....

"This 8 Year Old rum is a complex fusion of a full flavoured, heavy bodied rum with light-to-medium bodied rums aged in bourbon oak casks – creating a sumptuous smooth sipping rum which can also form the basis of memorable cocktails.

Tasting Notes:

Light to medium-bodied nose with hints of tobacco mixed with caramel toffee. Faint aroma of dried stone fruits and flambée banana. Soft and faintly sweet mouth-feel with traces of oak and butterscotch. Distinctly smooth."

Decent reviews online lend creedence to the quality of this rum. From the Drink Shop.....

"This superb recent addition to the El Dorado portfolio is the result of the skillful marriage by their Master Blenders of aged rums from no fewer than four of the traditional Stills preserved by Demerara Distillers, including the original Wooden Coffey Still from Enmore and the double Wooden Pot Still from Port Mourant...."

In the glass the rum has a vibrant golden color. I would consider it an amber but, tasted neat, it possesses an oaky spiciness of whiskey. In fact upon ice or mixed with cola I cannot move past the feeling of drinking scotch whiskey.

The rum has a definite heat and some astringency in both mouth feel and aftertaste. You experience a tingling sensation. Not really what I am looking for in a sipper but if you are a whiskey drinker this rum might be right up your alley. On ice once the cubes began to melt this was more palatable for my tastes but this will be a mixer, most likely with cola or ginger beer as a dark n stormy.

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