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El Dorado 21 Year Old Special Reserve

(70cl, 43%)

El Dorado 21 Year Old Special Reserve

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El Dorado 21 Bottling Note

Made from rums of between 21 and 25 years of age, matured in 45 gallon oak casks, within six degrees of the equator in Guyana. El Dorado 21 was awarded a Gold at the International Rum Festival 2003 in Canada and a Silver at the 2003 International Wine and Spirit Competition in London. Most remarkably, this was the highest scoring rum ever to be tasted by the Beverage Tasting Institute in Chicago.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Buttery, with chocolatey notes of Rolos behind it. Ripe banana and fruity Christmas cake. Hints of tobacco and sandalwood, leading into spent match smokiness.

Palate: Sultanas, dates, blackcurrant and macadamia nuts. A touch of rosewater, too. The mid-palate brings dark chocolate and nutmeg too.

Finish: It just keeps going! There's fried banana and handfuls of raisin notes right through to the end, with just a little hint of spicy cinnamon.

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El Dorado 21 Year Old Special Reserve Reviews


Such a smooth and spiced aged rum. I'd give it a 5 star if it weren't for El Dorado 25.

18th April 2020

Sipping Rum to die for - it was worth every dime

I have always been a top shelf bourbon drinker choosing to sip neat or with a cube of ice if the proof is over 100. I decided to buy this El Dorado 21 on a whim, and frankly, it is priced around the same mark as some of the better bourbons I buy.

I was extremely pleased with this purchase and can say this rum totally has my attention. The nose is rich and full, the palate is smooth and full of nuances and the finish is the best part of all.

I can without question say this rum will have a permanent place in my cabinet along with Pappy Van Winkle as a running mate.

10th December 2019

Favourite rum

To date this is my favourite rum. The Appleton Estate 21 is also very good but a tad lighter and more a summer sipper. This is almost a "winter rum" - it's dark and heavy. If you're predominately a whisky drinker like me you won't find this too sweet and it pairs beautifully with a cigar (so far a drew estate t52 and a montecristo no 2 have been the best experiences).

29th November 2019

As good as it gets.

This is just about my favourite rum out of my collection of about 50. It really doesn't get any better. The 15 is almost as good and thus offers better value for money but if you are after the crème de la crème then this is it.

18th November 2019

Great rum

This is the only rum I truly enjoy, though I did not have any that are aged 25+ years and are outrageously expensive. . It seems all natural, no added sugar or color that I can perceive - a nice change when you want something else than your regular quality malt.

29th August 2019

Perfection comes at a price

And that is exactly the price of this rum. To the guy who says it's 'full of sugar'.. well , there's a difference between residual sugar (all liquors have some) and added sugar. I don't believe this rum has any of the latter.

21st May 2018

A wonderful rum.

I am not a connoisseur of rum thus, my perception is elementary: One should not consume this rum, to sample alcohol; most importantly, to get drunk. Indeed, to taste El Dorado 21, is to savour something sumptuous,"emm," is invariably the expression, at the point when this fine rum, impacts your palate. Appleton 21, Mount Gay 1703; Ron Zacapa, are all fine rums nonetheless, El Dorado 21, simply put is Sumptuous.

6th July 2017


Simply put, amazing. Complex doesn't even begin to describe this Rum. Starts of smooth then smacks you in the face with an intense flavor sweet fruit, nuts and chocolate. Lingers around for a minute. This bottle could go quickly.

17th November 2016

Sipping rum

Forget the whisky, I love drinking this over ice!

6th April 2016

Michael byrne

A perfect demerera rum. Great long lasting enjoyable finish.

21st December 2015

For me, top of the brands range.

Unfortunately, contrary to the previous post, this is also full of added sugar (around 20-30g/litre, as opposed to the 12 and 15 which sit at around 35g/litre), but at least the less than the others right. The 15yr is richer as it contains a lot of the Port Mourant still (double wood pot still). Most of the 21yr comes from the Albion still (four-column Savalle still) so it's "less heavy". 15 and 21 are totally different rums, they just happen to be bottled under the brand of El Dorado, and given they contain different rums in different proportions it's not really fair to compare. Personally, for me, the 21 is less sweet and more complex...which makes it better.

13th September 2015

Best out of El Dorado lineup

At least this one is not full of added sugar, so it is better than the 12yo or the 15yo or the 25yo. But as a demerara it could be much more intense.

4th September 2015

Age isn't everything????

Okay, firstly this isn't the greatest rum out there but it's definitely one of my favourite drinkers. Price for quality it's hard to beat. To say that the 15 and 12 are better is ridiculous, I wouldn't drink either.

19th July 2015

Reminds you that age isn't everything...

I would barely class this as a rum in the normal sense but a superior quality spirit. Complex and interesting but not rummy. 15 is better imo but a safer bet for all rum drinkers would be the 12. Cheaper too.

17th May 2015

Best I've ever tasted

I poured my first glass the other day, took a sip and immediately put the bottle away

Or I would have emptied the bottle in one sitting, it is incredible, deep, oily, long finish, tantalising your taste buds what a rum

25th October 2014



21st October 2014


I had an opportunity to try it. I never been a big fan of rum but during one of the wedding which we organised groom pass to us some shots of Eldorado 15years old and 21years old.
To be onest - dilighted it is not apropirate word, magnificent not even that. I can not find a word to discribie it.
Defenetly it is worth to buy it.

2nd November 2013

My favorite rum so far

Pyrat XO Reserve is excellent. Mount Gay Extra Old is excellent. Zaya 12-year old is excellent. Ron Zacapa Sistema Solera 23 is very good. This stuff is definitely better.

28th February 2013

Superior looking Rum

Must be very special by the looks. I have'nt tasted this yet.

25th November 2011

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