Opening nosing pass shows deft touches of caramel, honey and molasses. Palate entry is dry to off-dry and mildly honeyed; the midpalate is stately, medium-bodied and tastes of tar, tobacco, old oak and molasses. Aftertaste is long, bittersweet, brandy-like and tastes of dark caramel. Superb/Highly Recommended.
90-95 points - Wine Enthusiast
Premier in the range of rums, is the El Dorado 15 years old Special Reserve Rum. Described as "attractive with a rich copper hue. A complex nose of confectioner' s sugar, banana and cedar. A silky entry leads to a moderately full-bodied palate of vibrant, yet refined dry caramel and grilled tropical fruit flavours braced by warm alcohol, and firm, smooth oak spice. Somewhat Scotch like, with subtle peaty overtones. Beautifully proportioned and designed for long contemplative sipping." (Chicago Beverage Tasting Institute), this product of great distinction is a blend of specially selected aged rums, some as old as 25 years old, blended to perfection by the company's master blenders and aged in oak casks. To complement this fine product, the rum is packaged in a gold embossed presentation box illustrated with a maritime design, underlying Demerara Distillers' association with ancient maritime traditions. The bottle, a unique custom designed bottle, was inspired by the shape of the old hand blown flasks used on the banks of the Demerara river, centuries ago, by the sugar planters. Such pride and care was rewarded in 1998, when the International Wine and Spirit Competition of London voted the El Dorado 15 years old Special Reserve rum, the Best Rum Worldwide, and gave the company, the coveted Wray and Nephew Trophy. Then in 1999, 2000 and 2001, the 15 years old Special Reserve rum was judged Best Rum in the World, won the Wray and Nephew Trophy and is today known as the world's only rum to achieve such a feat.
Long acknowledged as the Caribbean's premier rum, continuously winning medals over the past decade at the Caribbean Rum Taste Test held annually in Barbados, the El Dorado 15 years old Special Reserve Rum won in 2001, the Platinum Award and was voted the Connoisseurs' Choice at the Chicago Beverage Tasting Institute. And, in 2002, the International Rum Festival of Canada, awarded this superb rum, the gold medal and first place in the super premium category of rums.
2009, 2007 Best in Class - International Wine & Spirits Competition, London
2006-2009, 1999-2003 Gold Medal - International Wine & Spirits Competition, London2009 Best Rum in UK - Imbibe Magazine ICE Awards, London
1998-2001, 2008 Best Rum Worldwide Trophy - International Wine & Spirits Competition, London
2005 Top 10 Remarkable Rums - Forbes/p> 2003, 2002 Gold Award (Super Premium Category) - International Rum Festival, Canada
2003 Superb (90-95) Highly Recommended - Wine Enthusiast
2001 Best Spirit of 2001, Platinum Medal, Connoisseurs Choice The Beverage Tasting Institute of Chicago
2001, 1994-1996 Gold Medal Winner (Premium Category) - Caribbean Communications Inc. Rum Fest