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Produced in Barbados by master distiller Richard Seale, the rums in Doorly XO have been aged a minimum of 6 years before finishing in Olorosco sherry casks. The second maturation in sherry casks is rare and gives Doorly XO its unique flavour.
My favorite from Doorly’s. This is better tasting than the 12 years in my opinion. A bit over the sweeter side with nice notes of caramel and brown sugar, that harsh alcohol note in the finish is more hidden in this one.
At less than $20 US and a colorful packaging to grab your attention, this may seem like a ploy. Well, an aged Bajan (let alone ANY) rum at this price point may be a trap, and perhaps it is, to lure you into the world of Foursquare’s storied sippers taking everyone by the gullet these days. Just maybe... we’ll have to let Richard himself answer that riddle.
This is quite close to what could be construed as an aged Spanish-style rum, with its flavor profile in the same oaky-caramel-vanilla range, but the finish is quite different. For the ABV and purported blending of aged (read: generally mellowed) rums, this packs some heat right at the end, and continues to a smoldering ember a minute later. That is not to suggest this is unpalatable - indeed, it’s all the hype you’ve read - to the crossover fans of whisky, scotch and bourbons, but it does not cloy or loiter like some of the DR and PR favorites do. Which, is precisely one of the things that makes them great mixers in my book, but that’s a whole other discussion, and perhaps defense.
Because I like to sip rum straight. And I like to mix and build cocktails, too. But what goes in must stand up on its own, and that’s generally what gets a mark in this range when tasting a spirit for the first time. NB: I’ve definitely tasted this before, at a rum fest in NYC, but I couldn’t have remembered much for the life of me after that.
This is a great gift for a friend who enjoys aged spirits or needs some rum in their cabinet, it’s a dry sipper straight up or on the rocks, a great mixer for cocktails requiring aged bajan rum and an excellent value. You shouldn’t be disappointed.
...i am personally not a fan of non sugared rum, yet this one has a pleasant and mild taste to it and then ends with a slight sharp burn.
The smell itself is not overwhelming but decent & elegant.
I expected a little more after reading multiple reviews, but still a good rum.
This is a dry Sherry-casked rum that is at home straight in your glass or with ice. Not at all as sweet as rums from Guayana or Trinidad. Good balance.
I have XO and 12 and I can't decide which one is best... Great for sipping...
Velice pitelny, stale suchy, ale jemny. Mel by byt v baru.
This is not overly complex, but it delivers - especially at the price it sells for. The use of sherry casks gives more body to a fairly light rum spirit from Barbados's Foursquare distillery. Distinctively creamy, sherried and beautiful, with a naturally drying finish with some oak. Well done!
Whiskey-like nose. Oak from the barrels, vanilla, dark fruit. Very clean & dry on entry. A tad thin. Again, very whiskey-like. Caramel, vanilla, toffee initially. Banana, citrus & dark fruit mid to finish. Little to no sweetness... which I prefer. Only wish the finish was a little longer. A thicker mouthfeel and this moves to an 8. However, for $16.99 this still makes for a fine sipper.
As others have stated, a really good quality unsweetened honest Rum. Lots of great flavours and no harsh alcohol burn, there is an afterburn, but a very pleasant one.
Dalsi rum z Foursquare a znova zásah do plného. Nedosladzovany rum z Barbadosu 9+
Doesn’t really stand out. On the bitty shelf, but rum is alright.
Not heard of this, but it turned out to not be something rememberable.
A very good rum at a very good price. At around £15 cheaper than the 12 year old this makes it an excellent purchase.
The smooth molasses and the double finish give a gentle aroma to this typical Barbadian rum. Easy and ready to drink, is a very good suggest for a not to expensive experience.
5.5 on my scale. Bought for a friend. Tried it over ice. Decent with a bit of an afterburn. Better mixed
Fruchtig und mit der klarer barbados-typischer Vanille Note.
Niestety jestem trochę zawiedziony tym rumem . W smaku trochę cierpki, raczej nie dosładzany. Nie wyróżnia się niczym szczególnym, dobrze sprawdzi się jako mikser, jednak zważywszy na cene (115PLN) wychodzi średnio opłacalnie. Można pić solo , jednak smak nie porywa, mały plus za ładną butelke z papugą. Oceniłbym go jako przeciętny. W tej cenie można dostać coś lepszego np. Plantation. Jednak to moja subiektywna opinia gdyż wolę rumy lekko słodkawe niż cierpkie. 6/10
Zippy, tangy, and alcoholic on the nose, with an underlying mellowness.
As a sip, it's impeccably smooth, not too dry, definitely not too sweet, distinctly and classically rummy, with a sherry-like undercurrent to bounce off of. It absolutely pulls its own weight in a mixed drink, although it's not a hugely flavor-dense heavy hitter that can bring real character to a cocktail.
All in all, it's a well-executed, no-frills Barbados rum that, especially at the price point, makes an exceptionally reliable standby.
Smooth, clean and dry. As good as if not better than Doorly’s 12 ($26) and The Real McCoy ($46 in the US) which are also very good.
Best sipper I have enjoyed for under $30. That it is priced at under $20 is pretty amazing.
Not as clean and flavorful as the Seale Cask collection (like Premise which is outstanding) but a great sipper and the price point is awesome for a go to/Daily sipping rum.
Dobrý rum za ty peníze. Vyvážené sladký a koreneny. Ovoce....
I den här rommen är det mycket fat, gammalt tågvirke och skepp. Den andas historia och man åker flera hundra år bakåt i tiden. Inget extra socker i den utan helt naturlig. Ibland är den god ibland inte, mycket beror på vilket romhumör jag är på. Det känns som att det saknas nåt när jag dricker den. Smaken försvinner på nåt vis och den kan känns tunn i smaken. Men det är ingen äcklig rom. Bara.......svår.....ibland
Nasládlá chuť a příjemná vůně tohoto rumu mi vyhovuje.
Perfect taste, great flavour,nice colour. Absolutly satisfied. I can recommended
Smooth Barbados taste. Sweet nose, vanilla, banana. Spicy notes in taste, not very long on tongue. Feels natural. Absolutely drinkable on its own. Havent tried in coctails yet. When you compare it to Plantation Barbados edition rums, then you will notice that Doorly’s is not sweet at all while Plantations are overly sugared and the vanilla and caramel make your stomach sick.
Not sure if it’s a steong seven, rather 6.8-6.9 because it does not offer any excitement to me that I had not experienced before. But, its core components are strong and likable. Will revisit