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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.
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.
Was a bit disappointed with this, not that it's a bad rum, but not for my palate. Found it a bit harsh and had a (for me) a whisky like back note (which was supported by being a favourite rum for visiting friends who like whisky). Overall once gone I won't be buying another one.
...product with for sure no sugar added, distilled by Foursquare. Hmm, did I ever have something bad from this distillery? Nope!
My least favourite aged rum from sherry casks so far, but still very drinkable.
very cherry plum flavours, not a lot of spicier notes... a bit of harsh burn to go with it.
Tested this at a restaurant some times ago. Doorly’s XO is as all rum from R.L. Seale’s and The Foursquare distillery pricewhorty.
But I won’t let it in into my Bajan rum shelf where I already have the 12yo one, which I find even better.
More complex than the 5-year, but still not a complex sipper. Maybe use this for an Old Fashioned.
This is not the finest rum out there, but it's defintely above average with many fine rum qualities. Having said that, for under $20 a bottle it's and great way to enjoy a quality aged rum on a budget. Would work wonders in a Mai Tai, daiquiri, or rum old fashioned without breaking the bank. A definite upgrade from the commonly used mass produced rums out there!
Habe mich durch den günstigen Preis für einen XO verführen lassen und war dann doch enttäuscht - wenig komplex, dafür recht alkoholische Schärfe. Auf jeden Fall kein verzuckerzer Rum.
Tropical fruit on the nose, a hint of cocoa on the palate, but not chemical, somehow they managed to extract it from the aging process, and of course wooden barrel, it is still dry rum.
Fairly straight up Rum. Good for mixers. Pepper nose. Smooth finish. Good price.
For a barbados rum I thought it would have more flavor. It sounds great, but really just doesn't come through. :/ More like a gold.
tones of burned chocolate, dry sugar cane, toffée, vanilla and fruit
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
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 (peach, mango and pineapple), furthermore caramel, toffee, cocoa, some sherry, leather and even shoe polish.
Taste is similar but a bit more wood spice shining trough. In the finish still the dark fruits 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!