Doorlys 12 Year Old Rum is a premium Bajan rum made by R L Seale & Co, one of Barbados’ oldest trading houses. It is made at the Foursquare Rum Distillery which is located on the gentle southern slopes of the St George Valley in the Parish of St Philip.
The Foursquare Rum distillery was built in 1995, first rum distilled in 1996 and is one of the most modern and efficient rum distilleries in the world as well as being extremely efficient and environmentally friendly. It is built on the site of a former sugar factory dating back to 1636, the first in Barbados. R L Seale & Co was founded in 1926 and is a family-owned business whose involvement in rum-making extends from father-to-son since 1820. Current master distiller, Richard Seale, is one of the region’s most innovative distillers and blenders and has a passion for producing perfect rum with great flavour. Martin Doorly & Co was one of the old Bridgetown rum bottling companies (founded in the 1920s) and the Doorly’s Rum brand was acquired by R L Seale in 1993.
Doorly’s 12 Year Old Rum, in keeping with the rest of the Doorly’s Macaw Rum range, features the rare Spix’s Macaw. Althought this is a rare rum, it is not quite as rare as the Spix’s Macaw which is now on the critically endangered list and is now possibly extinct in the wild. This rum is a blend of pot still and column still rums, the pot still brings complexity, depth and weight to the blend whilst the column still brings a good balance or aroma and flavour.
The Doorlys 12 Year Old Rum is a blend of rums, most of which is aged for 12 years in Kentucky Bourbon. There is also a component that is aged in Madeira cask. The rums are blended and allowed to marry together for a period so the rums fully integrate.