Originally Posted by chrism76
Do compare and let us know JIsurfer and Argonaut.
Hey Chris, since you asked (and since I welcome any excuse to sip!
), I bought another bottle of the Diplomatica Reserva Exclusiva to compare with the El Dorado 15, and wow, was my memory mistaken - these two are not very similar at all, save for the dark amber color. Here's the short version of my impressions:
D.R.E. -- This rum has the scent of vanilla, toffee, and toasted marshmallows. The overall aroma is a good foreshadowing of the flavor as well, as it is a very sweet rum. I frequently find myself thinking of it as a "dessert rum," and while it is delicious, I wouldn't want more than an ounce of this at a time.
E.D. 15 -- In contrast to the D.R.E., this one had an aroma of leather, faint mustiness, and pickles (I'm not kidding). The taste had an oaky bite to it, along with a slightly tangy vanilla flavor. While all of that may make it sound unappealing, it works in its own strange way, and I enjoyed it; in fact, I could have a couple glasses of this neat, as it is well-balanced and not too sweet.
Side note: I poured myself a small sample of my Appleton 20-year old at the end, and the E.D. 15 does share some similarities with that one -- a similar damp mustiness and hints of tanginess and leather. I wonder if that has more to do with aging in wood specifically, or simply the aging process itself.