When at the LCBO today I tasted (as reported in another thread) El Dorado 15 years old and found it not bad but not what I was interested in.
The 12 year old was also on the shelves and I bought it because, i) I recalled the taste being great from tasting it in Saint Martin last year, ii) it occurred to me its profile might be different than the 15 year old.
Well, I was right (this time). The 12 was exactly what I recalled from the bistro in Marigot. It was, and is, rich, coffee-like with cigarish overtones. Also, it is noticeably sweet. Not like a liqueur, but sweetish to the point that I have to assume some light sweetening was added. And that is fine, it knits together the drink and makes it a superb after-dinner dram. So good, I will bring it to Gazebo and leave my rum blends behind (I may bring a mickey for interested parties).
To summarise: my (and this is final) Gazebo bringings are Barrel Select Canadian whisky from Kittling Ridge in Grimsby, Ontario and El Dorado 12 year old rum from Guyana.