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Tasty, but not quite great
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.
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. 7+
I tried the 5yo after the 8yo and expected a younger (obvious) harsher rum but it is actually easier and sweeter (for a 100% dry rum) than the 8yo. Less complex, less oaky, less sophisticated but also fruitier and more sweet notes make the 5yo a really pleasant, very affordable enjoyable sipper.
On the nose it is very inviting with some vanilla, a touch of smokey oak, sweet oranges and some alcohol. On the palate the orange and vanilla combine to a fruity fudge-like sweetness (again, it is really a dry rum) with a pinch of pepper. The oak is much more in the background than with the 8 yo Doorly's. Very well balanced and nothing out of tune. Lovely little rum and at this pricepoint very hard to beat. Definitely not my last bottle!
$22. for a 1.75L...haha its a total fricking steal! Much like you would expect from a younger Doorly's 8 or younger RL Seale's, it definitely has some of the same flavors while having more expected burn that isn't overkill. Drink it on the rocks and problem solved, takes the edge off and still has great flavora of vanilla, honey, banana, and sugar cane grass. Definitely bringing this to the family beach house this summer.
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.
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