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Smoother than the Doorly's XO and significantly different - the younger Doorly's has more of a classic caramel/oak flavor while the elder has a deeper oaky flavor with hints of dried fruit. Both are delicious natural rums and some may call them "hot" compared to other sugary rums. The barrel aging really imparts a lot of flavor over the years. You get a lot of oaky bourbony flavor in this but it's not quite as sweet as bourbon itself. Update: I finally got a chance to try this side by side with MGXO which is lighter tasting, not as bold/sharp as the Doorly's 12 as well as being fruitier with more sweetness and vanilla. Doorly's 12 in comparison has more of a whiskey flavor and the age gives it a more funky wood/chocolate/dried fruit character. Update: loving this all over again, recently had real mccoy 12 year which helped me to taste the bourbon flavor in this rum even more and further notice the fruitiness not found in whiskeys. Time helps it so much as well. Can't beat it for the price, drink it neat!
Seale's Real McCoy 12yo and Seale 10yo are better rums, in my opinion, because the flavors sing in delicious harmony. This one, on the other hand, doesn't quite pull it all together. The flavors lack balance, and the result is less rich, less complex. Acetone in the finish is disappointing. It's a very good rum, to be sure, but that's the point: Mr. Seale has spoiled me so much that I expect a masterpiece from him every time I try a bottle from his magnificent ouevre. The price of genius, I suppose...
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.
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.
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..
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.
Nice rum, especially considering price paid. Not too sweet, vanilla and wood flavors. Can't give it an 8 because the finish is somewhat short and it lacks a bit character.
This is a decent rum for the price. Hoped for a little more
The first taste is the alcohol, but quickly this develops into a warm, deep and rich rum. Not artificially sweet, just rum as rum should be. I drank this neat, but I think a drop of water or lime would bring out the flavours nicely. Excellent run.
Cant remember the rum itself but I saved the bottle for my collection so it must have been good.
This, at the time of writing, is currently my favourite rum. The taste is really good but the finish is utterly astonishing. It makes you smile after every sip. I didn't have massively high expectations when i bought this due to a lot of mixed reviews but i am so glad i bought this! I wish bars & pubs etc round my area would sell rum like this rather than Bacardi, Captain Morgans etc. I would finish their whole bottle no matter how much a double each time costs! Only reason i did not give a 10 as i am sure there will eventually be something i love even more, like possibly the Appleton Joy blend which i am dying to try.
Great sipping rum that is less sweet. One of my favorites
I sip it slow and the flavors come out more and more as it breathes. Unbeatable value.
This rum is a blend of Bourbon bask and also Madeira cask. So, it has light and bright flover.
However, I think that aging by 100% Bourbon cask is a better for Barbados flover.
So, Mount Gay XO is better for me.
Really nice dry rum. Good when you want start with rums without added sugar. Flavours of vanilla, wood, orange and sugar cane. Very well balanced and smooth.
This is an excellent rum. Nothing overpowering and has wonderful complex flavors of dried fruit, with a touch of spice and a wonderful subtle butterscotch after taste. I prefer this one neat as it accentuates the flavors, but it's still great on the rocks. On the rocks hides the more complex flavors, but hightens the smooth butterscotch tones. All said and done my local total wine has this for $21. There is nothing in that price that can compare. In fact, I'd put this up against rums double the price and it would be right at home.
This untreated stuff has all I need.... impressive nose, incredible taste and the leaving.... what the f.... love it!
Another outstanding rum from the Foursquare stable.. The screwcap is a turn off but then everything onwards is excellent ! A nice amber colour in the glass , maybe a bit of caramel colouring ? Nice medium legs , no sugar sticking this to the glass ! On the nose , sherry and more sherry. Very fruity.. also slight caramel or toffee. On tasting , its very sherry heavy but in a good way. Slightly spicey , oak , little bit of vanilla. This is an excellent sipper , a lot better than the XO in my eyes. Makes an amazing Old Fashioned.. Worth 8.5
This one is bit better the XO for me. The 12 year is mostly hard to get so XO is a good choice when you do not have 12 year around...
Certainly not anything to write home about, but for 25 bucks, this will deliver and be a perfectly fine sipping rum. I'm in the minority and prefer a little sweeter rums, so this one has a bit more of a burn and less smooth, but still very drinkable.
What a solid pour! Just fantastic. Love just about everything Mr Steale is doing. This is no exception. Found the 12 year to be a great transition from whiskey. Same oaky, vanilla notes. Citrous and spice near the end. Very well balanced. Feel fortunate to have Total Wine's close that keep this well stocked. This has become our benchmark for a solid, affordable and obtainable sipping rum.
It is just an amazing rum! Barbadian rum is definitely my top rum destination. Classic banana flavor, slightly sweet and with an oaky taste. Aftertaste is a little bit spicy. The aroma is just great. Oh, and is cheap!
Overall this is a good sipping rum. Nice inviting aroma, not over sweet and smooth. Not too strong on the front end but does have a slight unpleasant lingering taste. For the price it is a good choice for people to try. Good for new rum drinkers. It just needs a little more flavor and depth to bring it up to the next level.
For the price (around £38) this is an excellent sipping rum. Not overly sweet with a nice balanced nose and taste.