Review: El Dorado Enmore 2006 Single Still Demerera Rum / by Jason Hambrey

12 Years Old
From molasses
Distiller El Dorado (Guyana)

El Dorado in Guyana uses three distinct stills to produce their rums, and from time to time they release rums which are made from a single still and show off the character of the individual still. This one is made from the Enmore still, which is a wooden continuous still (the last of its kind that is working). It is similar in design, if not identical, to the original coffey still designed by Aeneas Coffey in 1832. The Enmore still is the last surviving still from the old Enmore Estate, which was founded in the 1880s.

As for the wood used, it is greenheart - one of the hardest woods which was also used, famously, to coat the hull’s of Shakleton’s “Endurance” and Amundsen’s “Fran” to help them resist the crushing impact of Antarctic ice.

Review (2021)

  • Batch: Distilled in 2006

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2018

The rum is sweet on the nose, with a rich confectionary character – vanilla, icing sugar, raffaello candies – but also contrasted with a rich oak character and plenty of wet earth. It is somewhat remiscent of the 12 year old but it is purer, cleaner, and brighter. The palate is what we expect when we think El Dorado – rich, full flavoured, sweet, and spicy. There is a rich vegetal character to it – very nice, indeed, with light bourbon notes, sugarcane (actually!), and spice cake. It doesn’t nearly have the levels of sweetness that the 12 does, but it still has quite a sweet character.

Assessment: Highly Recommended.