Special Reserve 25yr Rum, El Dorado
The evolution of rum distillation dates back nearly 400 years. Upon arriving in Guyana in 1498, Christopher Columbus began planting the soon-to-be cash crop, sugar cane. 150 years later the Dutch came to Guyana and established the first settlements of Essequibo and Berbice, introducing 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 (wood, double wood, copper, etc…) and size, all yielding entirely different distillates that lead to the complexity that is El Dorado Rum.
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This special bottling is the oldest available rum from Demerara Distillers Ltd., and was created to mark the turn of the Millennium. A blend of rums from a combination of heritage stills, aged in whisky and bourbon casks for a minimum of 25 years.
To age a spirit for this long in a tropical climate where so much is lost to the Angel’s Share due to heat and humidity is a testament to how truly special this rum is. On the nose you’ll find notes of rich, dense fruit cake that lead to an explosion of caramel, softened leather, and creme brûlée on the palate. The complexity is equal to that of a fine, equally aged cognac.