While rum is often celebrated as the backbone of tropical cocktails, it can also aspire to the level of a meditative “sipping” experience when it meets the mastery of artisanal distillation.

Enter Demerara Distillers Limited, the custodians of Guyanese rum excellence, whose El Dorado line embodies the pinnacle of this craft. Nestled along the fertile banks of the Demerara River, their distillery boasts a heritage of over 300 years, harnessing molasses from the finest sugar cane to create a range of rums unlike any other.

What sets Demerara Distillers apart? For one, it’s their collection of historic stills: the French Savalle Still, two Wooden Pot Stills (single and double), and Wooden Continuous Coffey (or EHP Wooden Still). Some of these represent the last fully working examples of their kind in the world today.

Whether you’re a seasoned rum aficionado or an adventurous spirit seeker, these promise a journey into the world of rum excellence. Don’t miss your chance to experience the liquid gold from El Dorado




El Dorado Enmore Single Still Finest Demerara Rum 2006
LCBO No. 341164; $92.25; 40% alc./vol.

Crafted from the original EHP Wooden Continuous Coffey Still that was first constructed at the Enmore Estate in 1880. This still is based on the original design of its inventor, Irishman Aeneas Coffey, and today is the last and only surviving one still operating in the world. Offering aromas of butterscotch, caramel apple, and coconut, and flavours of peach cobbler and coconut, this exotic rum culminates in a rich, smoky finish










El Dorado Single Still Cask Strength Port Mourant Rum 2009
LCBO No. 26813; $122.35; 56.7% alc./vol.

Born from the legendary Port Mourant Double Wooden Pot Still – the only one of its kind still in use today. Constructed in 1732 on the Port Mourant Estate, the still has been maintained and operated for almost 300 years to produce small batches of this El Dorado heritage rum, and today is the only such still in operation anywhere in the world.

Expect robust flavours and aromas of sweet baked apples, vanilla, and cinnamon, that give way flambéed banana and coconut, with a tantalizing hint of unique peat smoke on the long finish.

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El Dorado Single Still Cask Strength Versailles 2009
LCBO No. 36222; $122.20; 56.2% alc./vol.

The product of a single wooden pot still –- the “Versailles” (named after the town of Versailles and home to a small sugar estate dating back to the early 1800s and owned by the L’Amirault family of French descent).

This rum entices with aromas of sweet leather and oak, leading to a palate of dark fruit, licorice, dried citrus, chocolate, walnut, and marzipan. Full and intense, it’s a captivating spirit that leaves a lasting impression of richness and complexity.

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El Dorado Rum are represented in Ontario by Woodman Wines And Spirits.

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