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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 is a special rum to me as this was the first "premium" rum I ever tasted. It has been a staple for me ever since in my journey through the world of rum.
Nose: Clear notes from the time spend in sherry-casks with a hint of smoke
Taste: Vanilla, nuts and a long, sweet and complex aftertaste with clear hints of sherry
Overall: This is a fantastic rum. It is a bit too expensive, which also hurts the rating, but the taste is just wonderful and something everyone should be able to enjoy.
Lovely color. Rather thin in the mouth. Quite dry. Starts peppery, developing a faint burn. Reminiscent of some California brandies, only not as sweet. A decent potion but my palate prefers others at this price.
Nose - vanilla
Taste - slight oak, vanilla, orange
Since I can pick this up for less than Mount Gay Eclipse, I'd choose this any day of the week.
This will be my go to Bajan rum.
This Rum is actually a classic one. No sugar add, no spiced, no flawored. You got no alcohol smell but when you taste it you can realize how “heavy” it is. It’s not from sweetest. It comes more like from true pirate Rum cask, what marked by X.O.
I give about 6.5 - 7
And I will buy it again
Bajan rum full of luscious fruit flavors (red-fruits and stone-fruits). Velvety mouthfeel, quite rich (but not sweet). Good oak and vanilla, classic toasted/caramelized sugar flavors, and some pot-still weight too.
A very skillfully crafted rum. Versatile enough for both mixing and enjoying neat. For $20, its an absolute steal.
Tento rum není doslazovaný. Hodně jde znát vlil sudu. Dřívko tam je dosytosti, ale nikoli přehnaně. Milá změna po sladkých rumech. Docela dobře vybalancovaný. Můžu doporučit.
There is nothing special about this rum at all. Small flavor profile, overpriced. Disappointing
Otvorenie flase a prve vdychnutie vone papagaj rumu pripravilo velke ocakavanie.... ale... silnejsia chut alkoholu a jeho dozvuk prerazaju sladkastu chut po sherry. Skoda ... riesenie, nechat odstat v pohary aspon 4-5 minut a potom pit ;)
The sherry aging adds a fruitiness to this rum it's not a sipping rum but makes good cocktails
Great nose with dark raisins, figs, but also lighter and tropical fruits (mango and pineapple), furthermore caramel, toffee, cocoa, cinnamon, clove, some meaty sherry notes, leather and even shoe polish and a faint note of paint.
Taste is similar but a bit more wood spice shining trough. In the finish still the dark fruits, leather and lingering wood notes, quite dry.
So similar to the 12, but like, with letters instead of numbers. APPARENTLY letters are WAY cheaper than numbers because this bottle was $18 instead of $26.
Really nice sipping rum, the alcohol is slightly pungent and can still be tasted.
I bought this one in a specialized liquor store. The guy gave me the possibility to smell and taste some rums, before choosing which one to buy. I had no idea of the prices, so that could have been a surprise! Really liked the smell of this one, and the taste was what I expected after smelling. I was surprised not to pay too much, so I definitely recommend!
Gourmand, frais et délicat.
Le nez est sur la nous et le miel.
Bouche longue sur la vanille
Took me a couple of years to revisit a Doorly’s rum. Drier than RL Seale’s 10, but a great sipper. Sherry and maybe a bit of port in the finish. A fine addition to any collection. I’m looking forwards to open a bottle of the 12 year old I’ve not yet got round to.
Great rum great price like this
better than the 8 year and RL Seale
10 both good rums really like the Sherry finish.
As I like sweet rums, this one's in my style. It's smoother than Doorly's 5 years and a bit sweeter too. But.....there are better ones in this price range.
Rum industriale realizzato assemblando diversi rum invecchiati dai 6 ai 10 anni in botti di bourbon e successivamente con finitura in botti di sherry oloroso.
È un buon distillato con un buon rapporto qualità prezzo, superiore a molti rum più "famosi" anche più costosi.
All'olfatto: mediamente complesso con note di vaniglia, confettura di pesca, cannella, tabacco.
Al gusto: è morbido ma equilibrato da una giusta componente amarognola; ritornano le note dolci all'olfatto e quelle dello sherry. Leggero caramello e un retrogusto accennato di cacao amaro e liquirizia; il finale è medio e la bocca resta pulita, indice di un distillato ben eseguito.
Rum con una complessità media in grado di soddisfare sia i novizi sia i bevitori un po' più esigenti!
Consiglio per tutti: quando annusate un rum (o qualsiasi distillato), prima di inserire il naso e inspirare, effettuate un leggero soffio nel bicchiere e subito dopo provate a sentire i profumi. Questa operazione serve a svampare un po' la potenza dell'alcool che altrimenti vi porterebbe a bruciare nel naso e ad anestetizzare il vostro olfatto.
Provate a berlo prima da solo, poi dopo aver mangiato del cioccolato fondente (dal 70 all'85% max), ed infine dopo aver mangiato una mezza fetta di arancia fresca (compresa buccia è importante) con dello zucchero di canna sopra. ;-)
Industrial rum made by assembling different rum aged 6 to 10 years in bourbon barrels and then finished in oloroso sherry barrels.
It is a good distillate with good value for money, superior to many more "famous" even more expensive rums.
On the nose: moderately complex with notes of vanilla, peach jam, cinnamon, tobacco.
To the taste: it is soft but balanced by a just bitter component; the sweet notes on the nose and those of the sherry return. Light caramel and a hint of bitter cocoa and licorice; the finish is medium and the mouth remains clean, indicating a well-executed distillate.
Rum with an average complexity able to satisfy both the novices and the slightly more demanding drinkers!
Advice for everyone: when you smell a rum (or any distillate), before inserting the nose and inhaling, make a slight puff in the glass and immediately afterwards try to smell the perfumes. This operation serves to arouse a bit 'the power of alcohol that otherwise would lead you to burn in the nose and to anesthetize your sense of smell.
Try to drink it first alone, then after eating dark chocolate (70 to 85% max), and finally after eating a half slice of fresh orange (including peel is important) with some brown sugar on top. ;-)
Make no mistake this is a nice rum. However with the exclusive "XO" label it left me wanting a little more (Personally next time I will go back to the 12yr old). As a sipping rum I did not find it quite smooth enough and much preferred the complex flavor when mixed (Ginger Ale). A great looking bottle worth having in your liquor cabinet if only to show the wide difference that can be achieved by master rum makers.
Tried the Doorly's XO, 8y and 5y back-to-back and I have to say I went from bad to worse. The XO has a harsh alcohol smell, mish-mash of 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.
For 16.99 you can go anytime anywhere. It was on sale and i bought 2 of them and enjoyed it every single sip. It was good as sipper and also great as a mixer...
Whisky-ish taste was supplementary for sipping it.
Natural at best
This rum is sweet smell - good
1st impression no so dry not so sweet , finish is dry.
Taste little banana, little raisins
To my tastes, this is a very good rum without being quite top notch, which makes it a great rum to bounce others off of.
It reminded me of the Plantation 5 year old Barbados in some ways. It has a similar smell and first taste. However, the Plantation is sweeter (it does have sugar and caramel additives) and this is a bit more sherry and alcohol tasting. It's still pretty smooth and a really good sipper. If you like one, you are unlikely to hate the other and so it depends whether you like slightly sweeter or not - or perhaps you'll have both, as I do, for alternatives.