As far as white/light rums go, this is quite good
23 May '16
I've readily admitted that most of my favorite rums originate in Barbados (someone needs to tell me if this is a good vacation destination) so when I came across various bottle of Doorly's at Total Wine and More in Jacksonville with "Barbados" prominently features on the label, I had to get a bottle of each type they carried.
Although this is considered a light/white rum, it actually is a very, very pale straw color which becomes apparent in a snifter. It has very nice strong legs revealing it to be rather viscous in nature but not "thick".
Based upon the flavor I assume it's not an aged rum (I don't taste any oak tannins). However it's not harsh. In fact, it's relatively smooth for a light rum. If you're a bit adventurous I could see you sipping this rum neat. However this rum is fantastic as a mixer. Only slightly sweet at the outset with a marked molasses flavor. No massive burn but a strong warmth that fades revealing more of that molasses flavor. A little vanilla and caramel undertones are noted throughout.
As far as white/light rums go, this is smoother than expected. Not so smooth as to be a wonderful sipping rum for most but smooth enough to be a great mixer. Definitely recommendable.
To me I find it rather enjoyable as a sipper keeping in mind there is a lengthier burn to it than most (even at 80 proof) but find it fantastic in Coke Zeros. The slight molasses flavor really works well with Coke Zero. This also works awesomely well in fruit juices. Try it with some O.J. sometime. Next time I try this I want to see how just a splash of water or an ice cube might bring forth more subtle flavors I missed initially.