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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.
This rum is what I am looking for:
Not sweet, light, easy to drink, full of flavor and smooth.
The distillate reminds me of sugarcane juice, not molasses.
An excellent choice for any moment.
I'm a sucker for Barbados rum. I am an even BIGGER sucker for tasty Barbados rum.
Doorly's XO is exactly that. Glad I finally got a bottle.
Another product from the folks at R.L. Seale & Company so you know you are getting some of the finest in quality when it comes to rum. No additives. No sugars.
This rum is a blend of older rums and then matured in Spanish Oloroso sherry casks (or barrels?)
The color is a rich, deep amber and the aroma is delightful. As usual I am unable to determine specific subtleties in the aroma but can only tell you that it smells great. No astringency.
The flavor is fantastic. An initial sweetness indicating molasses and a nice vanilla/toffee undertone which then is joined in by that oak mentioned early.
Here's where is gets interesting for me. With many rums aged in oak a noticeable bitterness from the oak tannins is present and often tends to overtake the flavor.
HOWEVER with this rum, the oak flavor joins and blends with the initial flavors and never actually overwhelms. It is noticeable but is beautifully balanced. It rapidly fades revealing a delicious finish consisting mostly of the natural molasses.
This is a rum that could be considered a sipping rum by many. Some would disagree. It makes an out-freakin'-standing mixing rum no matter how you cut it...or mix it. I cannot think of any beverage that would not benefit from Doorly's XO.
Now one would think that for such a fine rum a bottle would cost $45-$50 USD?
How about $17 USD?
This is one of those rums that you get the most bang for your buck. The flavor is worthy of a $50 price tag but R.L. Seale and Company chose to charge much less.
That alone is worth a couple of ratings points from me.
I continue to grow more and more impressed with R.L. Seale & Company.
This is a great rum.
Another great example of why Rums produced by Foursquare Distillery are of a consistently high quality. Great flavour, great price, no added sugar.
good gracious.....nab a bottle. $14.99 at your local Total Wine. i'm lucky to pass one on my commute so it's my friday pilgrimage. jeez, this stuff is the real thing. take Pyrat and its wonderful liqueur sense and bring back the essence of true dark rum...sort of a lighter, less sweet but much more intense and real Zaya. amazing stuff. i could go on. but i've had too much...cheers
One of my favourites, well balanced, rich, have those wooden hints that I love and no sugar bomb, and what is very important - really great price for its quality
Product of foursquare distilery aged from 6-12 years in oak casks and then finished in oloroso sherry casks.
Aroma of browns sugar and nuts and toffee.
Taste includes vanilla, dried fruit, smoke tones and sweet finish influenced by sherry cask finish.
Very mild and balanced rum
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.
What can I say? This is the most complex rum I have ever purchased. It is the smoothest rum I have ever consumed. I recently finished a $40 bottle of Angel's Envy bourbon and purchased this today. I'd almost classify it in the category of a whiskey. The opening, middle, and finish are adventurous, memorable, and downright delightful. I can't believe I only paid $15. I need to buy a case before they discover what they have and charge four times this amount.
This is currently on my bar counter and ready at any time. It is one of the Foursquare/Seale offerings which claim/promote rums with nothing but aging and blending to give the flavors. This one certainly hits the mark. I like it very much. And it’s a good price. I tried this one because I have been hearing a lot about additives (sugars and other spices and other ingredients). I don’t think I have a problem unless there is some misdirection or misrepresentation going on (like charging a premium price for a lesser aged rum). I’m glad I was doing the research or I might not have found/tried this rum.
I love this rum and always have a bottle on the counter. Has a bit of a bourbon taste to it. Not very sweet. Dry taste but very smooth and long lasting.
I just revisited this and I taste very little fortified wine influence but mostly toffee and vanilla with some oak and oak tannins in the finish that bite if you take too big of a sip. I can't drink it neat but either add water or an ice cube to mellow it and it's very good. In trying it side by side with MGXO it has more oak bite in the finish and it is less smooth, however it's noticeably sweeter. Really good stuff considering it cost much less than MGXO and tastes almost the same. When tastes side by side with Cruzan Single Barrel or DonQ, the banana flavor of the Doorly's becomes highly noticeable.
My first impression of this rum was very good, especially considering its price (€25). In fact it was so good to me that I didn't trust myself. I decided to do a side by side tasting with a Plantation Barbados 2001, which I really enjoy.
The rum has a nice dark amber colour, apparently from the second ageing in sherry casks. Popping the cork... wait... no cork but a screw cap, fine as long as the rum is good. I do like the bottle design though. In the glass it has a pleasant sweet nose, the Plantation has a more fruity aroma.
Tasting each alternately with some dry crackers and water in between sips I was very pleasantly surprised with how they compared. The Doorly's is a more pure rum, not too sweet and quite complex. The Plantation is more fruity and sweet. Both rums are very smooth and they have a nice warm and long finish.
I have to say the bottle is emptying rather quickly, but at this price that's not a big issue. This one has definitely made me very curious about the other Doorly's rums!
Le packaging a changé depuis.
Il s'agit d'un rhum entre 6 et 12 ans, vieilli en partie en fûts de sherry.
40% d'alcool et non trafiqué.
Simple, vif, complexe, élégant, sur les fruits secs et exotiques, la vanille, le chocolat noir, bois peu perceptible. texture sèche et moyennement sucrée. Finale correcte. Un excellent rapport qualité prix pour un produit performant et complexe pour 40%, loin des rhums sucrés et trafiqués
Rated this 8, factor in price should be 9. Wonderful sipping rum. For me aroma and flavor demonstrate the oak. Started as dried fruit/dried apricots, towards bottom of bottle seemed more like vanilla. No burn. I thought about mixing, but then it was so smooth and tasty didn't seem right. Next up is Doorly's 12!
This is very good rum - perhaps not top shelf, but I doubt you'll find better for 16 bucks anywhere. It's nice and dry, with a nutty, oak profile that is reminiscent of fine sherry. Really quite satisfying. They do rum right in Barbados.
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