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June 21, 2011

The Unique Flavor of El Dorado Demerara Rum

It didn’t take long for guests of Sandals Resorts to appreciate the unique flavor of El Dorado Demerara Rum since it was first introduced to most of the resorts in the beloved Caribbean hotel chain less than one year ago. Visitors to Sandals Resorts in Jamaica, Saint Lucia, and Antigua thus far, have welcomed this distinct rum with open arms, even giving it the moniker, “Dora” when placing orders at the swim up bars or gourmet restaurants.  After tasting the subtle notes of tropical fruits, fresh coconut, honey, creamy almond, hazelnut, guava, caramel, vanilla or soft molasses in the various rums of El Dorado, it was all too soon that its taste-testers realized this wooden-stilled rum, was the perfect rum of choice for topping off a Pina Colada or enjoying an “on-the-rocks” delight during a mid-summer night’s lounge on the beach.

El Dorado’s history is deeply rooted in bringing out the distinctive flavors of the Caribbean and boasts over three centuries of rum production along the banks of the Demerara River. Meaning the ‘golden one,’ El Dorado is from the lush country of Guyana, a mainland Caribbean locality situated on the north coast of South America, and once home to over 300 sugar estates and distilleries that supplied rum for the British Royal Navy’s allotment of grog (a mixture of rum and water). The legend of El Dorado began with the tradition of turning sugar cane into alcohol, a custom that has been practiced for centuries.

THIS IS HOW IT’S DONE

The rums of El Dorado start as sugar cane grown on the alluvial coasts of the Demerara River. Harvested twice a year, the molasses produced from the first pressing serves as the base of El Dorado Rum. Each single-barrel expression is produced by the Master Distiller from Demerara Distillery Limited’s eight stills, including three wooden stills and an original four-column metal French Savalle still that is nearly 200 years old! Then, rums are aged amid Guyana’s tropical climate in Whisky and Bourbon barrels for various periods. Expressions are then carefully selected and blended by the Master Blender. Aging time and open-air housing of the casks give the rums their true, distinct flavor.

El Dorado is much more than a drink. You can take home this island treat and pair it with your favorite mixers…and even chocolates! With refreshing, versatile flavors, El Dorado has claimed its rightful place within the world of fine spirits. Try out these unique pairings that are sure to please:

RECOMMENDED: EL DORADO RUM & CHOCOLATE PAIRINGS

El Dorado has partnered with Chocolate in Chelsea to create and match carefully-crafted handmade chocolates with their unique, aged rums. Below are some pairings with El Dorado’s sipping rums that also offer a taste profile guideline of finding a perfect match to El Dorado’s rum.

El Dorado Special Reserve 12-Year-Old Rum with Assam

The citrus and island spices that play along the brim of the 12-year, along with its lush body of tropical fruits, leather and vanilla oak, is best paired with a subtle, well-balanced black tea chocolate. The tea varietal, Assam Naharabi, is a pungent black tea with copious citrus notes and low tannins. When paired with the 12, the fragrant, citrusy and acidic Assam chocolate and pungency of the tea, balance out the sumptuous body of the flirty 12-year.

El Dorado Special Reserve 15-Year-Old Rum with Praline

Comprised primarily of medium and full-bodied rums, the orange zest, vanilla and light tobacco in the nose of this 15-year, leads to a viscous body of banana, silky molasses, leather, and pungent cigar tobacco. The long, dry peaty-like finish compliments a complex balance of a richer, creamier, nuttier and slightly bitter chocolate. The praline consists of creamy almond and hazelnut, flattering the 15-year’s classic, dark, bitter chocolate notes, slight acidity, and nutty backbone with full fervor.

El Dorado Special Reserve 21-Year-Old Rum with Salted Burnt Caramel

Coffee, leather, rich toffee, tropical fruits, and a nutty, smoky finish, make this incredibly opulent and complex rum deserving of a chocolate companion that is equally rich and complex. Given the fullness of the 21 year, an equally strong flavor profile is needed to find balance between dessert in a glass and dessert on a plate. The bold flavor of dark caramel is a natural choice with the 21, as the saltiness cuts through all the layers of sweetness with reflective grace.

Ready for another taste? Win an El Dorado Rum Gift Pack by telling us your favorite El Dorado Rum cocktail you enjoy at Sandals Resorts and you could be on your way to pure rum bliss! Email us at info@sandalslifestyle.com.

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