Single Still Rum - Versailles, El Dorado
Using molasses from coveted Demerara sugar which is exclusively grown in an equatorial river basin below sea level, El Dorado and Diamond Reserve are produced at Diamond Distillers Limited (DDL), the last Demerara rum distillery in Guyana, and by extension, the world. Operating since 1670, Demerara Distillers now use the oldest functioning stills in the world, all completely different in composition and size, yielding entirely different distillates that lead to the complexity for which these rums are known. Similarly to cognac, the age on a bottle of Demerara rum indicates the youngest spirit found in the bottle. From the lightly aged Diamond Reserve White Rum, to the charcoal-filtered El Dorado 3 Year, to the decadence of the El Dorado 21 Year Special Reserve, to the exotic, Caribbean aromas of the Spiced Rum, there is a rum here for everyone!
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The 18th-century estate at Plantation Versailles, originally owned by the French family L’Amirault, was one of the smallest distilleries producing both uncoloured and golden rums at the time. The distillery, situated on the west bank of the Demerara River, was famous for its golden rums (marque REV, a reverse of VER for Versailles). Distilled in small batches on a single, wooden pot still, the rums were colored with caramel prior to a long aging period in oak barrels. This heritage continues with the 2006 distillate—the first from the refurbished wooden vat after its relocation to Plantation Diamond. Caramel-coloured, as traditional, and aged for 12 years, this 2018 Single Still release celebrates the smooth, chocolately character of a fine, aged rum. 40% ABV