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I have been reading the praises of Doorly's rums and finally am now able to try some thanks to Total Wine and More in Jacksonville. Had to drive over 3 hours to get some. No one locally could obtain any.
I will start with Doorly's Fine Old Barbados Rum Aged 5 Years.
My bottle differs a great deal in appearance as compared to the bottle on the RumRatings list. I uploaded a photo I took for comparison.
Anyway, the bottle has a parrot on the label...actually a scarlet macaw...I'm partial to birds...I have a very spoiled pet cockatiel named "Cheech"...
But I digress...
The rum itself is a nice amber. The aroma in my snifter is quite nice. Has a sweetness to it. The flavor also imparts a nice sweetness. However upon a little investigation I find that testing was done on this rum and it was not sugared. So the sweetness is natural.
I shall now digress again...
First off, this rum comes from the R.L. Seale & Company. I've recently read a lot about Richard Seale and all of it good. One thing is apparent is that he is very particular about being transparent concerning his rums. I respect that. The label says "Aged 5 Years" not just a "5" or "5 years". It is very specific. And also from what I have read concerning Mr. Seale is that the rum you get is the rum that came directly from the barrel...no additives...no sugaring. I have to respect that. I hope to meet him someday and shake his hand.
Secondly, it seems that the bulk of the rums I like best come from two places: Barbados and Martinique. Don't know why. It is what it is.
The flavor starts sweet and has hints of vanilla and toffee. No harsh burn but a pleasant warmth. The finish is quite delicious making me want another sip...and another...and yet another...
The sweetness is far from overpowering and there are oak undertones carrying it all along.
This is a quality rum.
And the $12 USD I paid for it qualifies it as a heckuva bargain. Versatile as well. This rum needs to be mandatory at all bars especially tiki bars. Sipper...mixer...anyway you want it, you can't go wrong.
Dadgummit! I want daiquiris made with this. ASAP!
R.L. Seale and Company...I salute you!
Bought at Total Wine for $10. A really nice rum for the price. Vanilla and caramel notes on the nose with faint dry fruit and some alcohol . This rum is nice and smooth on the palate with vanilla and caramel coming through the dry fruit comes in more on taste then smell. Long finish with a minimal burn. I love what Seales has done at the Four Square Distillery and can not recommend their products enough.
A Bajan friend and I tried this. He told me the story of when he grew on the same street as Mr. Doorly. He said he remembered thinking he was a very plain man, and he must have made a very plain rum. Couldn't agree more. I like Bajan rum tremendously, but this is nothing special.
Light Bajan Rum and had a fresh un-open bottle which require some breathing. Pleasant creme brulee and toffee aroma. Nose finish with aroma of chocolate cookie and light woody-ness.
On nose, light caramel with good fresh fruits flavor such as plum. Minty and woody yet taste drier compare to nose.
It's dry yet fruity on the finishing with fresh berries (strawberry).
I'm a fan of a rum with character. This one has a light hue, no depth to it. The taste confirms this, I taste alcohol and very little else. Fans of gold rum should maybe disregard this review, everything about this is mild; look, smell, taste. its not a sipper, not pleasant on the palate imo, tolerable with a couple rocks. I usually mix my cheaper rums with a coke, it was an ok mix for the buzz, I guess.
Its cheap, i'm not disappointed, but I expected more from doorly's as I speak highly of their 12 year. Its ok.
seriously, no nose, no taste, no aftertaste. i was expecting something along the lines of typical bajan rum, such as plantation barbados 5, but this came nowhere near. I could only feel alcohol. very thing and a lot of burn.
no fruit, no coconut, no nothing. getting close to baccardi, which says a great deal
Bought this after trying at the distillery. Smooth finish but not the best for sipping, although the value for money is excellent. Perfect rum for corn and oil mix.
After first smell this Rum lets you to expect more. Unfortunately the taste is closer to flavoured vodka than rum. Drinkable with coke.
Stone fruit, bananas, and a lovely finish all at a great price! $20 gets you 1.75 L and IMO, it's a sipper! highest recommendation.
In aroma: candied fruit, woody, weak, a little fresh and mysterious. Burns the palate and the throat, sweetness, sharply in the throat, the tongue grows numb, woody, bitter, burning sensation definitely.Taste is severe.
In the aftertaste is a cream-brule, something confectionery, alcohol burns, the head is calm, but it's hot.
Than a rum this age has any right to be.
More classic offerings from Foursquare
As with all of the Doorly's rums, this is very good. Essentially the difference between this and the 12 year old is that this is less complex and has less going on. It's still very good - especially for the price. It has a held back natural sweetness (no sugar, it's R L Seale!) and a little bit of fruitiness (not nearly so much as the 12 year old). There's a bit of oak too and not much burn - just a really nice glowing warmth. Strangely, I found that it had more on the nose thatn the 12 year old, but certainly less on the fade and tongue.
The only downside is that I'd marginally prefer a Havan Club Anejo Especial for just a little less and certainly a Chairman's Reserve for a fraction less - but that's no sin, they are great rums...and this is pretty good too.
Sweet enough rum. Slighty less compared to the XO. It'll do.
Very mild rum with vanilla and banana flavours. Not easy to get in UK supermarkets so price point was mid range. Drinkable and good mixer, but to be honest I prefer more complexity.
A true Bajan rum that is a very nice rum for such a short amount of time it has had to age. Too young..too young
Tried the Doorly's XO, 8y and 5y back-to-back and I have to say I went from bad to worse. The 5y has a very harsh alcohol smell, disappointing flavors on the tongue and a nasty burn to finish the experience. There are literally hundreds of much better aged rums in this price range, so don't waste your money on a Doorly's.
Use this one mostly for mixing Corn 'n' oils, which it does very well. However it could be sipped too!
Couldn't believe the price at Total Wine, about $11, so I had to try it. I was very pleased to find it was a pretty good drink. I'm not a connoisseur, but I drink a lot aged rum. I've now consumed about half a dozen bottles of this. Not a great rum but a good rum at a great price which I appreciate.
I love Foursquare distillery and what they bring to the table rum wise! Inexpensive rum that can be sipped though a Little harsh with some burn. Best bet is to mix it. A true Bajan rum that is a very nice rum for such a short amount of time it has had to age.
Surprisingly dry and subtle. Pretty good with coke. Interesting example of the kind of distillate you'll find in Barbados. A mere suggestion of tropical fruitiness with it's sticky molasses over tones and decent if unspectacular esters.
Not too expensive, easy drinkable room. Nice smell and a little sweet finish. Very good.
This rum has the same basic taste as the other doorly's that I have tried, the 8 year and the XO. I got it in a 1.5L plastic bottle, which is a bit of a turn-off, but I bought it as party mixer, so did not intend it to survive more than a day. I did taste a little sip on it's own and for the price it was surprisingly good. Mixed with coke it creates a very good Rum-cola.
I thoroughly enjoyed this rum after buying it as a gift for a brother who refuses to drink neat spirits! I tasted it first at the Foursquare distillery and immediately preferred the RL Seales 10 year. That is pretty tough competition though! Overall it's a great rum, it just shares the distillery with an even better one!