Review #480 | /r/Rum Review #9 – Doorly’s Barbados Rum 8yr
The Schtick: This is rum sourced from Foursquare in Barbados and sold through Total Wine and More in the USA. Carrying a modest price tag and a reasonable age statement, I was intrigued when I stumbled across a bottle on sale.
Distiller: Foursquare (Barbados)
Bottler: Doorly’s (Total Wine and More)
ABV: 40% ABV
Age: 8 Years
Source: Bottle, Purchased
Nose: Caramel, some ethanol. Vanilla, molasses, mild fruity funk.
Taste: Thin, oaky and sweet. There’s not a lot going on here and the oak is weirdly dominant with some thin astringency.
Finish: Short, sweet and faintly oaky. Overripe banana, confectioners sugar, funky sour tannins.
Overall: I was surprised how strange this was compared to the XO and the 12yr. The oak was also more poorly prominent here compared to the 12yr also. Hmmm. Still a great value, but with all three on the shelf, I’d soon rather reach for the 12 or XO first.
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1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.
2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.
3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.
4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.
5 | Good | Good, just fine.
6 | Very Good | A cut above.
7 | Great | Well above average
8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.
9 | Incredible | An all time favorite
10 | Insurpassable | No better exists