There are fine rums and there are bargain rums, though never the twain have ever met, in my experience, quite as perfectly as they do in Doorly’s XO. Simply put, this is the finest rum for the money you can buy, period.
Well, at least it is for me, and anyone else with a Total Wine & More in their vicinity. Nicely-packaged bottles of this even nicer rum go for just US$14.99 there, a product of the sweet deal our friends at Barbados’ Foursquare Distillery struck with Total Wine, removing the middleman from the import/distribution equation.
The resulting price is seriously low, though the real value here lies in the rum itself.
As Patrick noted previously, Doorly’s X.O. is comprised of a blend of carefully selected rums aged between six and 12 years, the combination of which undergoes a very special second maturation in oak casks formerly used to age Spanish Oloroso Sherry.
Oloroso translates to “scented” in English, a fitting name for this uniquely dark, strong, and nutty wine. Trace elements of Oloroso character shine through in the X.O., adding a level of sophistication light years more luxurious than the $14.99 price-tag.
What truly makes Doorly’s X.O. so special to me, though, is its balance. Both on the nose and the palate, its rich mix of nuts, vanilla, and tropical fruit flavors present themselves in perfect harmony. The faintest of burning sensations marks the finish at the back of your throat, a gentle parting shot soliciting another sip… Rum Nirvana at a price that simply cannot be beat.
As it says right on the rear label…
There are rums for those who know, and there is Doorly’s X.O…….. for those who know better!