Discover True Age
Discover True Age



in 1992 Demerara Distillers changed the world of rum with the launch of their El Dorado 15 Year Old Special Reserve which established a new standard and pioneered the new wave of aged rums which we know now.

This was enabled by the company’s extraordinary wealth and variety of traditional and original distilling equipment and their great store of matured rums - some as old as 30 years.

Since the launch of their flagship 15 Year Old aged rum, the El Dorado brand has stood for an unrivalled collection of age statements, including 3 Single Estate editions each produced from one of the three original production stills which have been preserved from the great Sugar Estates of the 18th and 19th centuries.


The flavours of the oak wood from the barrels and the complexities of the interaction between wood and spirit are greatly enhanced by the tropical climate of Guyana. The ageing process there is greatly speeded up by the high humidity and steady temperature – resulting in an El Dorado 8 year old rum, for instance, having a maturity equal to that of a 16 year old spirit produced in colder climates!


El Dorado rums are blended selections of different ‘vintages’ or batches of rums from different stills - aged in oak barrels. Importantly, the age statement specifically indicates the youngest rum in the blend, even though the oldest may be many years older. This rule is the same as the one for Scotch Whisky and is used for rums produced in English-speaking countries.

This is what we mean by True Age!

In contrast, with rums produced by the Solera system, the age statement on the label indicates the oldest rum contained in the blend. This is because young rums are added to the barrels containing older rums and allowed to marry at different stages during the ageing process - resulting in the majority of the rum contained in these blends being significantly younger than the age statement on the bottle. This is a traditional method of ageing used in Sherry production and is usually associated with rums from Spanish-speaking countries.