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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!
N- Vanilla and honey with subtle pepper and mineral at the backdrop. All fine but remains basic and sugary at initial stage, but develop with layers of earthiness in the nuances of fresh leafs, sour milk and ashy smokes. Rum macerated berries, orange and jammy with molasses undertone. (86/20)
P- Lovely bright and full at low proof with zesty high notes remains there for a long time. Then some oak phenol lingers with toasted sugar bread. Not sure about any additive, probably it does at minimal dosage, but feel pure and clean. (87/21)
F- Medium, clean, pepper with coat of oak for boldness, smooth with hint of wax. (87/21)
Weighted Rate- 83pt
— at The Rum Bar KL.
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!
My usual cheap and cheerful house rum is Chairman's Reserve, so wanted to get another that might offer variety,
Initially I was concerned about it being a 5yo, but really, this was wholly unfounded. Soft, easy with a lovely bite from the spirit. Good length, easy to approach but not one dimensional. For the price, a winner. For the purist, they will find things to complain about.
I originally gave it a 7 but due to the price, I have bumped it up one. I would add though, with me being a little dismissive of the 8yo (below), going back to the 5yo after the 8yo shows how much it lacks in comparison. But still price/quality, it is an absolute winner.
EDIT - (I added this to the 8yo, but it is pertinent here)... the more I drink the 5yo, 8yo and 12yo the more I don't quite see how the 8yo fits in. The 5yo is a easy, soft, unsophisticated and very easy to sip. The 12yo has the sophistication and power. The 8yo is somewhere in the middle (inc price wise). Dare I say that the 8yo is a little pointless? Don't get me wrong, it's a good rum, but the 5yo is easier (albeit very much less sophisticated) and the 12yo is better. Maybe it is a case that I actually prefer the soft oakiness of the 5yo to the 8yo.
My First "real" Rum. So this will forever be a special memory to me :-)
Vôňa spočiatku alkoholová, po čase vanilka, chuť veľmi príjemná, hrejivá. Rum z Barbadosu, teda rum - žiadne aditíva, bez cukru. Môj prvý rum, ktorý mi veľmi zachutil a s ktorým budem porovnávať ďalej.
Prijs: €19,50 - 70cl
Aroma: karamel, fruitig, citrus en een beetje alcohol.
Smaak: beetje alcohol) maar toch zacht voor een jonkie, karamel, bruine suiker, beetje hout en witte peper.
Maar 5 jaar op hout en toch weer zo'n smaakvolle rum van Foursquare.
Dus geen suiker, kleurstoffen, hout of vanille extracten toegevoegd en een eerlijke "age" statement op het label, wat wil je nog meer?
Ow, en niet duur.
$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.
It’ll definitely not disappoint when you need an aged Bajan on budget. It’ll gladly take a backseat beautifully if you’re making ‘gentle’ cocktails. Along with the Macaw It’s a pantry rum.
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.
Than a rum this age has any right to be.
More classic offerings from Foursquare
Nice mixing rum I personally prefer the plantation 5 but it's almost as nice. Barbados make good rum you cant get away from that
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+
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.
Use this one mostly for mixing Corn 'n' oils, which it does very well. However it could be sipped too!
This is great basic rum that goes on some party with ice, and gets job done.
Definitly not a sipper that I would cherish moments on friday evenings, but still it is better than vodka and cheap whisky
I will definitly give it another shot on some occasion
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.
Ένα μπουκαλάκι το οποίο καθαρίσαμε "εν μία ριπή" μαζί με τον φίλο μου τον Μ.....ο στην συναυλία των Artic Monkeys !!!??!!! Ναι ..... δε ξέρω αν η γενικότερη ευφορία βοήθησε ώστε να απολαύσουμε στο μέγιστο αυτό το ρούμι ..... Σίγουρα όμως είναι ευκολόπιοτο, με ωραία αρώματα, μέτρια ένταση και επίγευση. Αν προσπαθήσω να το παρομοιάσω με κάποιο , τότε σίγουρα θα το παρομοίαζα με το Plantation 5 .... Καλή επιλογή στα 25€.
Not too expensive, easy drinkable room. Nice smell and a little sweet finish. Very good.
Just another solid, versatile rum from Foursquare. Come on... for $12 it can't be beat. Use it mainly for cocktails but have been known to sip it occasionally. Typical Foursquare profile nose and palate-wise. A must for any home bar.
Sweet enough rum. Slighty less compared to the XO. It'll do.
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.
Good stuff! Recieved as a gift. Can't wait to try FourSquare's other rums!
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.