Rum Review: Doorly’s XO
Doorly’s XO Rum Review
Hailing from the island of Barbados, Doorly’s XO is another venerable marque from the Seale family. Produced by Richard Seale and his crew at the Foursquare Rum Distillery in St. Philip, Doorly’s XO is known the world over as a quality rum that won’t break the bank (Total Wine retails it for $15). Let’s take a look and see what we’ve got here.
The Doorly’s XO bottle is squat and clear with a descriptive label. The cap is part of an integrated metal screw-top closure. The trademark Doorly’s Macaw is featured prominently alongside a fair bit of text which tells us (among other things) that this rum is secondarily finished in Spanish Oloroso Sherry casks. Although there is no age statement on the bottle, the contents are understood to be no less than six years old. There is likely a bit of older rum in there as well. It is bottled at 40% ABV.
In the glass, the rum is a deep copper bronze with golden highlights. A swirl of the snifter creates a host of droplets that very slowly break free and descend.
As I move in for a nosing, the aromas are delightfully Bajan: banana, citrus zest, caramel and a hint of Sherried oak. Time to taste…
The rum enters in a lively fashion. The brief burst of spice upfront suggests black pepper, allspice and a touch of cinnamon. The mouthfeel is somewhat thin, but that’s not surprising given the rum’s age and Richard Seale’s staunch opposition to additives of any kind. After the spice dies down a bit, fruit appears, and we can now taste a bit of the banana and citrus we noticed earlier coupled with a hint of sweetness. Beyond the fruit are some wet, oaky tannins that coat the palate. The long finish is dominated by the spice and oak, and finishes with a slight bitterness.
Considering its age and the lack of flavoring shenanigans, Doorly’s XO is a pretty remarkable product for $15 (here in the U.S., anyway). Although good enough to sip on its own, you can freely use a value rum like this in your favorite cocktails without regret. It’s bright enough to stand out in a mixed drink, and provide character to boot.
On to the scores:
- Appearance: 1/1
- Nose: 2/2
- Mouth feel: .75/1
- Taste: 3.5/4
- Aftertaste: 1.5/2
- Total Score: 8.75/10
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