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

12 Years Old
From molasses
Distiller El Dorado (Guyana)

Another single still rum from El Dorado, this time from the wooden Port Mourant pot still. The stills were originally at the Port Mourant estate, which was founded in 1732 before moved to Uitvlught and then to El Dorado’s diamond estate. The still itself is likely between 200 and 250 years old, and it resembles a squat barrel with a copper alembic and lyne arm coming out the top. The stills are a set of two - the first feeds directly into the second still, and then a rectifying column.

Review (2021)

  • Batch: Distilled in 2006

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2018

What a wonderful rum! Instantly I can tell that this will be one of my favourite spirits of the year. A rich rubbery character, brilliant spices, olives, orange peel, fresh tropical fruit (jackfruit, soursop), banana leaves, clove, cinnamon, dried hibiscus flower, cacao, raspberry, banana….loads and loads of complexity and it works together so well. The palate is rich and introduces a rich savoury character, and you can still pick out so many flavours on the nose. There is a lot of texture to the palate and there is the lightest tanginess which just enhances all the flavour. The finish is rich, long, and spicy with all kinds of stuff – stale cola, cinnamon, caramel, soursop, intense rum ester notes, light sulphur, molasses, oak, and wet earth.

Assessment: Very Highly Recommended.