A nose of toffee with lots of vanilla, mocha and a touch of honey. Doorly's XO Rum is rich, spicy and yet subtle with surprisingly mellow and complex flavours that result from its maturation in old oloroso sherry casks. A touch of sweet banana and raisins lingers, with great balance. A smooth finish with a hint of orange peel.
Background: Rum has been produced on the island of Barbados for more than 300 years. However it was not until the 1906 Rum Duty Act was passed that the industry began to develop. Prior to this, distillation took place on many of the plantations, but the new law meant the distilleries had to obtain a licence and could sell only in bulk. As a consequence many of the Bridgetown trading companies became bottlers, including Martin Doorly & Co, and this spurred the growth of brands. Martin Doorly evolved into Doorly's Macaw Rum, and became the first bottled rum exported from the island. Doorly's rums are famous throughout the world and are made at one of the world's most modern rum distilleries, Foursquare Distillery.