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For the low price of only $24.99 (Total Wine & More), I didn't expect this rum to live up to it's rating (currently an 8.1). But it does.
Smells and tastes of caramel, a peppery spice, bourbon, and oak. I rate it a solid "8", which for the price is a bargain!
After drinking the Doorly's XO I thought I would give it a shot. The XO I would consider a budget rum, but hey the stuff is pretty dang tasty and a good bang for the money spent! The 12 year is a lot better and is notably smoother with lots of good tastes to slap upside your tongue. Slight burn at the finish and has a multitude of flavors as you sit back and say..... "Very Nice". Good price for a very good rum.
Seale's Real McCoy 12yo and Seale 10yo are better rums, in my opinion, because the flavors sing in delicious harmony. This one, on the other hand, doesn't quite pull it all together. The flavors lack balance, and the result is less rich, less complex. Acetone in the finish is disappointing. It's a very good rum, to be sure, but that's the point: Mr. Seale has spoiled me so much that I expect a masterpiece from him every time I try a bottle from his magnificent ouevre. The price of genius, I suppose...
Overall this is a good sipping rum. Nice inviting aroma, not over sweet and smooth. Not too strong on the front end but does have a slight unpleasant lingering taste. For the price it is a good choice for people to try. Good for new rum drinkers. It just needs a little more flavor and depth to bring it up to the next level.
For the price (around £38) this is an excellent sipping rum. Not overly sweet with a nice balanced nose and taste.
Ottimo esponente selle Barbados, Rum maledettamente valido
12 Jahre im Holzfass merkt man ihm gut an, er hat eine feine Eichennote und etwas fruchtige Aromen.
Another R.L. Seales fine Rum.
I have the XO, 8, and this 12yo.
They get better as you climb up.
NO additives (dosing).
There now is a 14yo Through Whiskey Exchange in the U.K.
On my wish list
Drier rum with lot of tones. Single casked unique character, thanks to mr. Seale untouched with any additives. Suited more for experienced rum lovers, but not bad choice for others too.
You really need to rest this one (20 minutes should do the trick), before you drink it. At first it has that strong alcohol smell and even aftertaste. But after you relax it, it is a very very smooth rum. Great if you are planning to have few glasses, because it is incredibly easy to drink. Just dont expect that taste punch. It will never come. It is a decent rum, but its main advantage is just how easy you can drink it. No obstructions on its way. Just let it rest after you pour it.
Great tasting rum at an affordable price, my new #1
smooth, supple, and full of flavor. this rum needs nothing.
The pot still brings complexity, depth and weight, whilst the column still brings a balance of aroma and flavour. Doorly’s 12 Year Old Rum is a blend of rums, 90% aged for 12 years in Kentucky Bourbon and 10% aged for 12 years in Madeira cask. This rum is an exceptional molasses sipping rum for slightly less cost than the Four Square 2005 variety. Both deserve a taste.
secondary aging in oak sherry casks. Very smooth, pleasant aroma, medium complexity. Mildly sweet, not dry, you can taste the sugars, and the sherry cask comes through in good balance. Very scotch-like. 85+
Strong but colorful taste, very dark aftertaste. I'll come back to this one..
Excellent supper and cheap enough to make a great daiquiri.
This is what a rum should be. The aroma in the snifter is surprisingly sweet, knowing that there is zero added sugar. The rum is really smooth with an awesome finale. The color is amber. I'm really impressed with the work made by foursquare distillery and Mr Seale. Can't wait to try the xo and the R.L. Seale 10 years. They are not so cheap here in Europe (usually this is around 55€) but surely this was worth every cent.
This recently became available where I live and figured it was worth a try. Easily the best 27 dollars ever spent on a rum. notes of vanilla are present and a touch of oak. The ruby hue looks rick, but I would not say the body is overly rich. I would not necessarily put it up against esoteric cask strengh rums, or those aged in the 18+ year category, but this is a great rum for the price. Expect the price to rise as it gains a following in the USA.
Nice, slightly aromatic fairly light sipping rum.
Light slightly yellow color, pretty, delicate nose...very delicate. Well balanced mouth feel, with a touch of sweetness and evolves into banana and spice. Long rich finish. This is a nice well made rum, which I could happily drink quite a lot of.
You can think of this as either a top-shelf mixer or else a decent sipper (or both). It's not as rich and complex as, say, RL Seale's 10 or Foursquare's Zinfadel, but it'll do for sipping on a quiet evening by yourself. Bring out those other two when you have guests over. (FYI: all of the mentioned rums are Foursquare rums.)
This doesn't mix well but nice enough on it's own.
Típico ron de la isla Barbados. Seco pero con notas frutales. Algo alcohólico, pero agradable en el paladar. Muy buena relación calidad precio, como el Appleton 12 rare blend.
I couldn’t believe the great reviews for such an affordable rum, but this is good stuff. I could make this my everyday rum. I like the slightly sweet vanilla-ey flavor. Not as sweet as Zaya, but not quite as well rounded as plantation 20th or Vizcaya, but it will do just fine
Nose - oaky, orange
Taste - oaky, orange, brown sugar, caramel
Little more oaky and dark than XO, unless I could get this on sale I will just pick XO since I mix a lot.