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El Dorado Rum, the “liquid gold from Guyana” was our featured rum this month. This South American spirit has had three centuries of rum production in Guyana, growing it’s sugar cane along the banks of the glorious Demerara River. Although the sugar cane looks a lot like brown sugar, unlike brown sugar, which has added molasses, Demerara sugar comes out like that naturally. It has a caramel-like flavor that hasn’t been refined out, which then gives it’s rum a natural warm-caramel flavor. And this isn’t the only unique characteristic of El Dorado rum. The humidity in this region essentially speeds up the aging process for their rums resulting in, for example, their 8 year having the maturity of a 16 year from a colder climate!

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Our very own Chef and hero, Lee Imsland created some tasty plates to accompany each taste of rum. Here’s what we tasted…

ROUND ONE:
El Dorado 3 year with lime served with ‘ensalada con camarones.’ The 3 year has mineralogy to it due to it being grown on the banks of the Demerara River. Water washes minerals down the steep slopes of the river and builds up at the base, where the sugar cane is grown. It has a strong notes of vanilla from the American oak that it is aged in rather than steel, which makes this rum character and complexity that most white rums don’t have. Delicious!

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ROUND TWO:
El Dorado 8 year served with ‘salmon frito.’ The 8 year has notes of toffee, caramel, cinnamon, and raisins.

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ROUND THREE:
El Dorado 15 year served with ‘spicy coconut beef skewers.’ The 15 year won best rum in the world several years in a row!

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ROUND FOUR:
Cam brought out a big surprise at the end! Or should we say small but incredibly strong and flavorful surprise…

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Thank you to everyone who came out, and special thank you to Nathan Weber from Vinum for telling us everything we need to know about this incredible rum from the Demerara.

If you’re getting hooked on Rum Club, don’t worry, it’s a healthy addiction. Bring your friends, your (of age) family members, your co-workers, and get them hooked too. We have even extended our Rum Club to two nights instead of one! Just remember that it’s every last Tuesday in Ballard, and every last Wednesday in Redmond. We love you, we’ll see you next month on September 24th and 25th! For the full photo gallery, check out our Facebook photo album.

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