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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 don't think this can be beat by any other rum at the $20 price point. Nice to sip by itself, even better in some mixed drinks like an old fashioned. Near perfect for use in a good rum cake, which my wife has done.
First a disclaimer, I'm not a big fan of sherry aged rums, it's just not my palate. But I find them a reasonable competitor of other dark, sweet rums and I prefer the sherry style over the sweeter styles because a dryer spirit fits my palate. But this is a fine rum by Doorly's.
Bottle: I'm a bottle snob which is why I post bottle comments, I like the way some bottles look on the shelf. The art of appreciating something labeled "fine" is partly vanity act. I really like the Doorly's bottles, I just wish they were all synthetic cork style toppers, a screw top just doesn't do the end product justice.
Bottle Aroma: Sherry and oak are at the nose immediately, then the rum comes along for the ride.
Glass Aroma: Like a sherry, the spirit opens up and has a sherry dry but sweet nose, the rum pushing the smell out but is not that apparent.
Taste: Rum and sherry really are a great mix and Doorly's XO does not disappoint. It is on the tongue where the rum comes through and tells you this is indeed not a sherry spirit. The heat is low all the way through to the throat. The drink is quite pleasant and is another example of a rum that will convince non-rum fans that rum is a versatile spirit.
I weighted my opinion from 7 to 8 because I know that I'm not a sherry fan, but this is a damn good rum and I hate to weight it downwards with a 7.
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 tasting and great value rum , It seems to me that the rums from Barbados are very natural with no extra sugar , caramel etc added . Its got a bit of a Sherry flavour to it in my opinion , not a great sipper but a magnificent mixer with a slice of lime and an ice cube.
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.
Orange peel, fresh bread and licorice on the nose.
Flavor is highly funky, with several tropical fruits lurking behind the esters.
For the price, this may be one of the best rums out there. For that reason I’m bumping up my initial thought (7) to an eight.
This is good stuff.
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
Bought this bottle in a sale and was definitely pleased, good value for money and a nice distinct taste. Can be enjoyed as a sipper, but if your used to more aged rums at this price you can happily mix it.
Ultimately on taste alone, I rate it a seven but it's $15 or so a bottle....FIFTEEN measly dollars for something this good(!), I should give it a 9.
Tasting notes: Don't be a stiff, just buy some and enjoy what I wager is the best value in spirits, period. Could sell for 2-2.5x the price with a fancier bottle and publicity, easily. A modern classic.
"It’s nicely balanced and subtle on the nose. The rum is initially quite sweet with notes of toffee, banana, a little orange and citrusy lemon/lime. The finish is long and quite spicy with a hint of oak."
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