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Doorly's 12-Year rum

Doorly's 12-Year

Barbados | Aged

7.8/10 (134 ratings)
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Posted 5 months ago by 5691Aa (PREMIUM) from United States with 24 ratings

I like this rum alot. It is smooth, while not overly oaky. Starts like other Doorly's offerings, aroma of vanilla, perhaps hint of stone fruit. Flavor is smooth, very little burn neat, similar to aroma vanilla, perhaps some caramel. Makes a good rum & coke, perhaps a bit too smooth for mixing. Usually I like the rum and coke with a more assertive rum. Doorly's is probably too cultured for that role.

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Posted 5 months ago by etienne from Netherlands with 3 ratings

Awesome rum. Not to sweet. But no whiskey taste either

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Posted 6 months ago by roberto.azores from Portugal with 46 ratings

Really well done.
It is not very easy to find.

I compared it side by side with the XO .... for me, the XO is smoother and the sherry notes make a difference.
Doorly´s XO is more pleasing to my taste, and cheaper.

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Posted 6 months ago by Quintin from United Kingdom with 61 ratings

There's a blend of spice, sweetness and cask in the aroma. The taste follows suite with a rich taste of caramel, spice and dry nutmeg, but finishes on a bitter dry whiskey note. Would be a pleasure for whiskey lovers.

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Posted 6 months ago by Joeyraf from United States with 2 ratings

Almost all rums from Barbados are excellent, this one is a great value and smooth tasting.

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Posted 6 months ago by JeffBuck from United States with 80 ratings

Would love to see this one stepped up in proof but as is it isnt special to me. I can see where others would rate it higher. Even 86 proof would be world's different I think.

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Posted 7 months ago by Paul B (PREMIUM) from United States with 326 ratings

This rum is aged for 12 actual years in American small white oak barrels and has no sugar added. At the sale price of only $24, this rum sounds too good to be true. Well, the old saying of spending too long in the wood applies here. Too much oak almost ruins this rum for me. I can only rate it as a 6 at best. I find it nasty even with water. I will try their 8 year whenever I find it, but I won't go back all the way to Nevada to get it.

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Posted 7 months ago by poly.pop from United States with 25 ratings

A very smooth, easy sipping rum but a little too oaky for my palate and I find the long aging robs it of some of the caramel and fruity flavor that make Bajan rums my favorite. I tend to mix this 50/50 with a less aged Bajan rum (such as Doorly's 8 year) for spirit-forward cocktails like a corn and oil to augment the smoothness with more depth.

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Posted 7 months ago by Jurjen from Netherlands with 19 ratings

My wife got me this one, perhaps she had seen it on my wishlist here ;-). Bottle and design are pretty clean, not too big a fan of the screw cap though. A bit dry, but certainly not overdoing it. Not overly sweet either, and it provides an enjoyable after burn which us just a little stronger than medium. Overall quite satisfying..

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Posted 7 months ago by Mujuru from United States with 47 ratings

This is my first foray into the rums of RL Seale...and oh my what a delight! I bought this bottle for $23 from Total Wines in Georgia in what I now believe to be the deal of the decade. This is an absolutely incredible rum for the price. The nose is wonderfully aromatic with heavy orange and banana notes along vanilla, toffee, and floral essences. The first taste to hit your tongue is bananas with leather and spice. Mid palate, the leather disappears and is replaced by a lovely combination of Banana, vanilla, orange, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The finish is mostly oak with a lovely undertone of caramel. It is definitely on the drier side with no viscosity at all, but it really is wonderful. I never expected a rum with 0 sugar added and a $23 price tag to be so wonderfully complex - and with almost all my favorite flavors to match. A 12 year rum with this flavor complexity and depth at $23 is simply stunning! The only criticism at all is that the aftertaste is so short - I want more of it. Regardless this is now going to become my default rum when I am in the mood for something drier. It is a crying shame that only Total Wine carries this brand. Oh well, at least I live close to one.

*Edit* I am just going to say it: this is the best $25 bottle of rum on the planet. 4 months in and I am bumping this one up to a 10 on the value alone. I have paid twice and much more for far inferiors rums. This is just a slight notch below Foursquare 2007 and I paid $80 for that (Foursquare 2007 is indeed better but not by a whole lot).

Given the price to quality ratio, this is absolutely a 10

Nose: 10
Palate: 10
Aftertaste: 8
Smoothness: 9
Versatility: 10
Price: 10

Total: 9.5