Review: El Dorado 8 Year

Price: $25 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Diamond Distillers

Region: Guyana

40% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 8-Years

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon barrels

Additives used: Yes

Color: Mahogany

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Molasses, oak, tobacco, funk, caramel, coconut, pepper, vanilla

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Palate/Taste: Dry oak spice, brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, ginger, and hint of smoke

Finish: Surprisingly warm for the proof, and medium length, caramel, oak, baking spice, chocolate

Thoughts: Again surprisingly good, spicy, and complex given the price and proof of this.

Score: Low 80’s

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Kill Devil 2001 15-Year Diamond

Kill Devil 2001 15 Diamond

Price: $105 for 700ml

Distilled/Owned by: Diamond / Hunter Laing

Region: Guyana

61% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 15 years, distilled 2001

Cask Type: Undisclosed

Chill Filtered: No

Additives used: No


Color: Mahogany

Drank: Neat, in a glenciarn

Nose: Leathery pepper, grilled banana, tropical fruit, brown sugar, grilling rub

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, dry

Palate/Taste: Leather, pepper, oak, chili, green pepper, molasses, toasted mango

Finish: Dry and warm, long finish. Earthy with a bit of tar. Oak, pepper, peach, and mango

Thoughts: This is one of the most unique rums I have tried and the flavors really go all over the place without feeling disjointed or random. A big contrast with how spicy it is compared to the sweet El Dorados that are more readily available.

Score: 81 out of 100