El Dorado Rum
The evolution of rum distillation dates back over 400 years. Upon arriving in present-day Guyana in 1493, Christopher Columbus planted the first successful sugar cane grown in the Caribbean in the Essequibo River basin, which joins the mighty Demerara River, running along the equator and below sea level. 150 years later the Dutch established the region’s first major European settlements, Essequibo and Berbice, capitalizing on the cultivation of sugar cane along the coastal plain and the banks of the great rivers.
At its peak Guyana was home to over 300 sugar estates with distilleries, each producing their own signature rums. Over the years these 300 sugar estates were whittled down to one lone estate and distillery, Plantation Diamond, located on the east bank of the Demerara River.
Today, Demerara Distillers Ltd. (the parent company of El Dorado Rum and Diamond Reserve) operates that last remaining distillery. Plantation Diamond houses 8 stills, some of which are the oldest operating stills in the world. These stills are all completely different in composition (wooden pot, wooden double pot, wooden Coffey, copper column, etc…) and all yield entirely different distillates that lead to the complexity which is El Dorado Rum.
El Dorado boasts a wide-ranging line of some of the world’s finest rums, with the El Dorado 15yr Special Reserve being internationally recognized as the benchmark in its category. Similar to Cognac, the age on a bottle of El Dorado rum indicates the youngest spirit found in the bottle. Most critically, each rum from El Dorado represents a different blend made using the estate’s historic stills, making El Dorado a complex and exciting collection of rum styles all on its own.
For the line of unaged/ lightly aged rums (white, dark, spiced, and 151), please see the brand Diamond Reserve.