Doorly's XO

Doorly's XO rum

Product of:  Barbados
Aged:  6 
years or more
Price: $20
Alcohol: 40% ABV 
Sugar:  0g/L
Context:  Premium Aged Rum
RG Rating: 8.5

Tasting Notes
Doorly’s XO is easy on the eyes, showing the kind of Deep mahagony amber color that often inicates long barrelt aging and complex flavors.  Aromas heavy with molasses, raw cane, brown sugar, cardamom and a pinch of anise, rise above an overall depth that is sweet with a delectable hint of alcohol.  The initial taste is upbeat, with tamed molasses, tobacco, a little charcoal, and a mild earthiness that balances the sweet flavor.  While the body is pleasant enough, it is lighter than the aromas would indicate.  An initial warming in the throat during the finish gives way to a residual sweetness, that ends with a pleasing dry affect. 

Disstilled, blended and bottled by the R.L Seale company and Foursquare Distillery, Doorly’s is a tribute of the House of Martin Doorly, and the rum sustains the old Bajan family-owned business with one of the oldest brands produced on Barbados.  Doorly’s XO is a premium product, made from selected aged rums that undergo a second aging in casks previously used for aging Spanish Oloroso Sherry. Foursquare occupies a comfortable niche, producing suitable quantities to export yet small enough to continue making delicious rum in their unique style.  Doorly’s XO represents one of the pinnacle’s of their efforts.   

Richard Lawrence Seale, Dave RussellR, Nick Ferris @ Foursquare

Packaging stresses practicality over unique shape.  A wide round bottle resists tipping, while a gently tapered neck facilitates the pour. Doorly’s XO clear glass bottle displays the spirits exquisite color, inviting window shoppers to try the goods inside. 

Doorly's XO Cases @ Foursquare

It is important to develop a taste for Barbados rum.  After all, some of the earliest (arguably the first) rum production in the New World happened on Barbados.  Inexpensive and plentiful, it’s a shame such a limited variety of their varied production makes it to the USA.  Among the few Bajan rums that trickle onto American shores, Doorly’s XO represents Barbados well, with a depth of flavor and guileless character that is suitably refined without pretense.

Reviewed: October 2011 and  2010 on Barbados, and March 2009 at the Rum Gallery, USA.  Photos courtesy of Mike Streeter, Rum Connection.

© Dave Russell 2017