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In Praise of El Dorado 15 Year Rum

StriperGuy Aug 7, 2011 04:22 AM

First, my other favorites, which I have discussed on other threads.

Barrilito 3 star. Superb, big dense, flavorful, complex, cedary, leathery, with a nice little bite in the finish. Many years ago my all time fav. (Don't bother with the 2 star). It has come to be my fav or second fav again.

Barbancourt 15 year subtle, complex, not the beast that Barrilito is. Cognac-like with a hint of molassesy rumminess in the finish. I used to give this my highest plug, but somehow just not enough going on. Top notch, but somehow not quite my go to rum any more.

El Dorado 15 Year. Well, at $34 here in Boston, one of the all time booze bargains. Though Barrilito is about the same. Heck, rums are just priced less than scotch and cognac. Much of the complexity of Barrilito, but less of a whack, and more of just all around complex deliciousness. Chocolate, molasses, citrus, some wood, and lots lots more I can't even put my finger on. Perhaps my fav rum as of now. I could just sip it and sip it. I serve it with just with a cube or three of ice. Great stuff.

By the way, if you mix any of these with anything other than water, soda, or ice, you are committing a crime. Use Coruba, or Myers, or Goslings instead.

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  1. scubadoo97 RE: StriperGuy Aug 7, 2011 06:02 PM

    ED 15 is a better bargain here in Fla @ $25. Barbancourt 15 a bit dryer since it is an agricole

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      StriperGuy RE: scubadoo97 Aug 8, 2011 05:51 AM

      Wow, $15 for ED is amazing. Rum prices have gone up a LOT in Boston in the last 2 years.

      Hadn't occurred to me that Barb is an Agricole, but it totally makes sense in terms of the flavor profile. Kind of amazing actually to have all that flavor with a cane based rum. I have a new appreciation for it now.

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        scubadoo97 RE: StriperGuy Aug 8, 2011 09:56 AM

        Correction. Average price at Total Wine for the ED 12 is $19.99 and for the ED 15 $28.99

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          StriperGuy RE: scubadoo97 Aug 8, 2011 10:08 AM

          Have you tried the 12?

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            scubadoo97 RE: StriperGuy Aug 8, 2011 11:21 AM

            open bottle in the cabinet at the moment. I have always liked the 12 and it's a great buy here. I just finished a blind taste test of 16 different rums and the 12 and 15 were part of that tasting. Blind I liked the 15 a little better than the 12 but there were quite similar in overall profile

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              StriperGuy RE: scubadoo97 Aug 8, 2011 11:51 AM

              Cool, thanks for the info. The 12 is a good bit cheaper here in MA!

    2. Duppie RE: StriperGuy Aug 8, 2011 06:34 AM

      Wow, that's a little expensive, I usually pick it up for about $22.00 a bottle in Jersey and even got a deal for $18 a few months back. It is so good but it wasn't always so when the Guyanese was filling the bottles with just about anything and calling it 10 or 15 year old. Drink straight or with 1 ice cube, In George town they mix it with coconut water.

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        StriperGuy RE: Duppie Aug 8, 2011 06:42 AM

        $22, where? I'll grab a few next time I'm down there.

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          Duppie RE: StriperGuy Aug 8, 2011 06:53 AM

          A little liquor store on West side and Communipaw in Jersey city.That part of JC has a Guyanese and Trinidadian community so I don't see your average West Indian paying $34 for their local rum. Also a nice little Roti shop on the corner of Communipaw called Taste of the Carribean if you get hungry. Sorry but I can't remember the name but will get it next time I'm up there, they are the only place I know that carries Mackeson Stout.

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            StriperGuy RE: Duppie Aug 8, 2011 07:02 AM

            Gotcha, cool. A quick internet search and the cheapest I found there was $28 or so...

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        ncyankee101 RE: StriperGuy Aug 8, 2011 12:31 PM

        Yeah I love the ED 15 it was the first rum since Pusser's that really wowed me. I got it for $29 in FL on vacation last summer, I wish it was available in NC but I can get it online for $32 when my bottle runs out. I'ts probably my favorite though I would like to get ahold of a bottle of Pusser's 15 yr old, I had it once in a bar and loved it.

        I do like good aged rums in that you can get a taste experience comparable to a $100 Scotch in a ~$30 rum. Capn Jimbo pointed out that ageing takes place at a much higher rate in the tropics so a 15 yr old rum would be similar to a 30+ yr old Scotch.

        I eventually plan to try the whole line of El Dorado rums, the Capn actually likes the 12 yr old better and thinks ED 15 is on the verge of being over-aged and losing it's character as a rum.

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          StriperGuy RE: ncyankee101 Aug 8, 2011 12:45 PM

          Try Barrilito 3 star. Also excellent. I'll keep my eye out for that Pusser's.

          Personally I find any Scotch aged more then 15 years or so to be over-aged as well.

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            ncyankee101 RE: StriperGuy Aug 8, 2011 02:53 PM

            I have only had a few over 15 Scotches but have quite liked them. Laphroaig 18 yr old is excellent, Johnnie walker Gold (18 yr old) and Balvenie 21 yr old were both very rich and sweet but I enjoyed them in their own way.

            The Pusser's 15 yr old (red label0 is very hard to find and quite pricet at $55-60, but the Blue label is also excellent and a great bargain at $20-25.

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          tomjb27 RE: StriperGuy Aug 24, 2013 08:36 PM

          I picked up a bottle today. This stuff is incredible. A funky, golden nectar, for sure.

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            StriperGuy RE: tomjb27 Aug 26, 2013 07:04 AM

            Glad you like it... great stuff.

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              Dapuma RE: StriperGuy Sep 7, 2013 11:11 PM

              Next order I am going to grab some 15 to give it a go, is the 21 year worth it? Have not tried that either, but I love the 12 year - use it in my Navy Grogs or in place of LH 80

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                StriperGuy RE: Dapuma Sep 9, 2013 06:11 AM

                Have not tried the 21... report back.

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