This is another rum review from the selection at Hostaria 24 in Sosua, Dominican Republic. The other night I tried their two El Dorado rums, the 12 YO and the 15 YO. Both were good. However, I am only going to review only the 15 YO here. The 12 YO was the end of a bottle and tasting oxidized. I got big banana tastes and not a whole lot else. The 15 YO was from a fresh bottle, and having drunk it on two consecutive nights I think I can write a reasonable review.
El Dorado 15 YO
This rum pours with a deep brown color. The nose is demerara sugar with a musty undercurrent I am going to call Chinese medicine. The palette is gentle and the alcohol is restrained. While the dominant taste is demerera sugar, there is huge complexity with a host of other tastes flitting in and out of the background. I got a distinct taste of orange peel and bitter sweet herbs, the whole Chinese medicine shop thing, along with a little smokiness. The aftertaste is extremely long and rather bitter.
A little ice really opened the rum up. Dilution brought out banana notes (similar to what I had noted in the oxidized 12 YO). I found the banana taste dry, more like vegetal banana blossom than sweet banana fruit. A hint of licorice or anise emerged to fill out the Chinese medicine shop taste mentioned earlier. There was a subtle sherry note, not unlike what you might get in a sherry cask finished Scotch. Citrus was also present, and vanilla appeared and grew over time. The slight smoky edge mentioned earlier also persisted.
Overall I found this a complex dry rum containing numerous delicate flavors. Definitely recommended.