I finished another rum today. I feel like I blinked and I almost missed it.  I drank it pretty quickly. I had picked it up a couple of weeks ago after a friend of mine (not sure what kind of friend almost cleans you out...just kidding) finished a couple of my rums (see the The Cost of Doing Business, Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3).  It is really good.  I love all El Dorado rums, and I believe this is a new product.  I've tried the 5 Year, 12 Year, 15 year and 6 Year (white) rums.  And I have yet to have a complaint.  And this one is no different.  It smells like maple syrup and crème brûlée (i.e. burnt sugar).  It reminds me of the 12 Year old, but maybe not as complex.  I may start using this one in my butter tarts and as my standard substitute for vanilla extract.  I had previously used the 12 Year, but this one is a little more affordable.   It is more caramel and toffee than vanilla.  It has a bit of a burn straight, but smoothes right out when mixed with coke.  I would buy it again in a heartbeat. 

I also love the bottle.  I am a sucker for the aesthetics of the bottles and labels.  It is very different from the standard 12 and 15 Year old bottles, and also different from the art deco-style 6 Year old bottle.  But the ship graphic is always there. On this bottle it appears particularly dark and stormy, even ominous.   

In my recently online research that led me to this bottle, I also noticed that El Dorado has come out with a more generic (read affordable) Spiced Rum.  I anticipate that it will grace my liquor cabinet (and then my blog) forthwith.