El Dorado 12-year-old rum

MY experience of rum is limited to say the least, with most of my tastings coming in the shape of rum cocktails and the very occasional rum and coke. However, I decided to dig a little deeper and searched for a quality demerara sipping rum and, under the guidance of Steven James - who runs the excellent and informative Rum Diaries Blog - I decided to take a punt on a bottle and plumped for the El Dorado 12-year-old.
    The 12 has won a galleon full of awards and although my rum knowledge is minimal, spend a few minutes with the glass at your nose, and it becomes clear that you have indeed bought a quality product.
    The nose is glorious, with an abundance of red berries, honey, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses and nutmeg, while a sliver of lemon cuts through the sweetness to balance the aromas beautifully.
    The drink also has a slightly syrupy viscosity to it, which coats the glass and invites you to dive in.
    Take a sip, and the El Dorado 12 is a taste sensation. At 40%, the drink is exceptionally smooth and coats the mouth, delivering a wealth of sublime flavours; prunes, vanilla, cooked banana and caramel coffee - think of a Starbucks Caramel Macchiato - which dazzle the tastebuds. Yes, it's sweet but it's never cloying, with the sweetness superbly offset by a woody dryness, a long finish and a satisfying warmth as it trickles down the throat.
    This is a delicious spirit and for around £35, you really can't go wrong. A wonderful discovery and the perfect drink to kick start my rum adventures. Cheers, Steven.


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