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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.
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. ;-)
I prefer less sweet rums, so I consider this one as the good choice if you want more earthy taste.
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!
A good quality rum for mixing, especially for the price. Soft flavors.
The nose is like a dessert, some vanilla and chocolate.
Then you get similar aromas at the testing, just less strong.
Picked this up at the RL Seale factory in Barbados...very good rum in the line of Bajan rums. Not necessarily my go to sipping rum but good on almost any occasion. Hints of honey and vanilla on the palate but definitely not too sweet
Foursquare distillery has done it again! Another good quality rum for the money. Can be used as a mixer or enjoyed neat. Definitely taste the sherry notes from the Olorosco sherry casks with hints of vanilla and oak.
For the price tag of roughly $20 at Total Wine and Spirits here in Florida, it is a surprisingly good value for a entry level sipper.
The colour of this rum is a "dark amber", with some reddish/brownish tones. The initial smell from the bottle was of strong alcohol, however this mellowed after spending some time in the glass. The first sip straight was way too harsh for my liking, however it had a surprisingly nice sweet aftertaste. After it breathed for a while in the glass it was actually quite pleasant to sip - Light with a tasty hint of sherry, with a little burn.
This rum makes an excellent mixer. Mixing it with coke/pepsi on ice made for an excellent drink! I would rate this a 7.5 if I could... A notch above their 5 yr old, for very little additional cost.
Un rom adevărat, fără zahăr cu un aftertaste lung, ușor piperat. Probabil merge și în mix-uri.
The bottle is simple for XO, but don`t overpay for the dishes. The smell is weak: stained wood, herbs, molasses, prunes, tobacco, flower honey. In the taste of the sweetness of green peas, liquorice, burning everything pleasantly passing, bitterness in the throat, heaviness in the stomach. Post-effect is fine: calmness, peace as after a good seasoned honey.
Ganska torr, fruktig med inslag av vanilj, lite kryddig. God
na doporuceni mika, prijemny a jemny rum, na kazdodenni piti
Tried this one during degustation of 5 different rums. It was a good relief from some sweeter pieces that we tried that night. Decent sipper for that price.
Skvela aroma, chut po vanilke. Flasa by si zasluzila lepsi design vzhladom k cene.
Color: light brown to gold, aroma: vanilla and sherry, taste: vanila and sherry, rather bitter but with good balance, not beter than 5-year Doorly's for me.
veldig god rom som jeg sipper og bruker til mixing. vanilla. etter å ha drukket å foretrukket søte rum har jeg fått opp øynene for rom uten tilsatt sukker, så etter å ha prøvd doorly leter jeg etter rom uten sukker.
rum uten sukker å tillsatt smak er mer inntresang.
Doorly's XO is a 6 year old blend of various Barbados rum and got a finish in Oloroso sherry casks that give a very nice twist on the drink. The light brown color thanks to the rum to his initial maturation was performed in ex-whiskey barrels, a process which has left its mark.
A rum with a light character and wonderful aromas and flavors of tropical fruits which are skilfully balanced by a variety of spices, light roasted notes and hints of spice. The whole ends in a warm, soft finish with tasty smoke flavors.
Doorly's XO is a rum with an unprecedented depth and a rum that is very late sip, very tasty and therefore highly recommended for rum lovers.
Was very interested in this one but was a bit of a letdown. Initial taste too bland and dry but the aftertaste is quite long sherrylike and spicy. I like a long aftertaste but this one is just not that balanced. There needs to be more then just aftertaste imo. Maybe it neefs a higher % to bring out the best. Still a nice rum, especially if you like dryer rums.
The color of the rum promises a lot, during the nosing I felt a little bit disappointed, then a pure rum taste with a hint of sherry and a little harsh in the throat.
A good sipping rum at a mixer rum price. Highly recommended.