Tasting Notes for El Dorado 3 Year Old Rum
Nose: Citrus and vanilla nose enhanced by notes of chocolate and raisins.
Taste: Smooth and dry, medium body with notes of dark brown sugar, nuts, and a touch of coconut.
Finish: Pleasingly characterful and soft with vanilla sweetness.
Produced by the legendary Diamond Distillery on the east bank of the mighty Demerara river in Guyana, the youngest of the El Dorado range has been laid down in oak barrels for at least three years. The rum is then double filtered through natural charcoal to remove colour, resulting in a spirit that is incredibly smooth and versatile.
Perfect for mixing in cocktails when you want a rum with character.
International Wine & Spirits Competition: Silver Medal - 2006, 2007
The story of rum in Guyana started in the 1640s with the introduction of sugar cane by the early European settlers. By 1670, the foundation of Demerara Rum production was laid down with the establishment of distilling into the new territories by the British. The county of Demerara once covered by the Atlantic Ocean, was recovered by the Dutch in the 1600s. Using their ingenious land reclamation methods, the Dutch successfully reclaimed the land resulting in soil that was high in minerality and nutrients paving the way for sugar cane cultivation in the 1650s.
By 1780, there were over 300 distilleries producing their own unique rums, each with its own marque identifying its origin (e.g. SWR, ICBU, PM, EHP, LBI, AN). The rum industry continued to thrive in Guyana until an unexpected drop in the price of sugar and the introduction of taxes in the 1900s resulted in the severe consolidation of the sugar industry, as it was not economical for all estates to remain in operation. By 1942, there were nine remaining distilleries.
In 1999, final merger of the remaining sugar estates and distilleries by transfer of the various stills, equipment and expertise by Demerara Distillers Limited at the only active distillery in Diamond, on the East Bank of the Demerara River. Diamond distillery contains 9 stills, each acquired from other distilleries as they closed down. These stills cover the full spectrum of rum from heavy pot distilled, to light column distilled, but the distillery is best known for its 3 wooden stills – a port Mourant double wooden pot still, a Versaille single wooden pot still, and an Enmore wooden coffey still. These wooden stills are the last of their kind anywhere in the world, and their unique character is a large part of the reason why the Diamond Distillery has built the stellar reputation it currently enjoys.
Producer Diamond Distillery, Guyana Style White Rum Age A minimum of 3 years Volume 70CL ABV 40%