Tasting Notes for Doorly's XO Fine Old Barbados Rum
Nose: It’s nicely balanced and subtle with tropical fruits, vanilla and a little sweet toffee.
Taste: Initially quite sweet with notes of toffee, banana, a little orange and citrusy lemon/lime. A classic Bajan blend.
Finish: Smooth and long with a touch of spice and a hint of oak and a dash of dark treacle.
Overall: One of the more fruity offerings from Foursquare Distillery. Subtle, well balanced and slightly dry, it's well worth checking out.
Brought to us by the wonderful award-winning Foursquare distillery, Doorly's XO fine old rum is a blend of pot and column still rums. The pot still brings complexity, depth and weight to the blend, whilst the column still brings a good balance of aroma and flavour. Doorly's XO undergoes an initial maturation in ex-bourbon casks and a second maturation in ex-Oloroso sherry casks, combining sherry sweetness with the already top notch rum flavours. There is no age statement, but it is generally acknowledged that a blend of rums aged 6 to 12 years is used for Doorly's XO and it's bottled at 43% abv.
International Spirits Challenge: Silver Medal - 2018
In some spirit categories there are distilleries which just stand out for excellence. Buffalo Trace for bourbons, Middleton for Irish whiskeys, to name but two examples. The equilvalent distillery in the rum world, for us anyway, is the Foursquare Distillery in Barbados. They simply do not make bad rum.
The FourSquare Distillery is owned by R.L Seale & Company, a fourth generation family business started in the 1926 and now run by Sir David Seale and his son Richard. After spending decades perfecting their techniques in blending rum, they finally started producing their own when they took over and refurbished an old abandoned Sugar Factory in 1995. Production started in 1996 and the awards have been flowing in ever since, including the International Spirits Challenge (ISC) Rum Producer of the Year four times, in 2016 through 2019 and the International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) Rum Producer of the Year in 2016, 2018 and 2019.
Distilling operations are overseen by Richard Seale, who has developed a reputation for innovation and embracing new technologies. Surprisingly, despite the distillery being located in the middle of a sugar plantation, they need to import most of their molasses from neighbouring Guyana (the sugar cane factory was separated from the old plantation in the 1950's).
The rums produced at Foursquare are generally a blend of pot and column stills, and rums are blended both before and after aging. As is the norm, aging is usually done in ex-bourbon casks, but they have also use ex-sherry, madeira, port and zinfadel casks in smaller amounts. Casks are filled at 65-68% abv for greater wood extraction, which is rare as most rum producers fill casks above 70% and many approaching 80% abv. Absolutely no additives are ever added to Foursquare rums.
In a time when many producers take average rum and throw in some sugar or other additives to cover up flaws and fool the public into paying a premium (we won't mention names, but will always point out when additives have been introduced), Foursquare have taken a systematic approach to their distillation. Using the most modern equipment and techniques available, together with a strong focus on producing to the highest quality, ensures that the rum speak for itself. No additives required!
Producer Foursquare Distillery Style Rum Age No age statement but sources indicate a blend of rums from 6 to 12 years old. Volume 70CL ABV 43%