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Doorlys XO Rum is made by R L Seale & Co. at the Foursquare Distillery in Barbados.
R L Seale is one of Barbados’ oldest trading houses, a family-owned business whose involvement in rum-making extends from father-to-son since 1820. The head 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. He is also a leading campaigner for transparency in labelling of rum and additives. Read more about this and the proposed the proposed Gargano / Seale Categorisation of Rum here.
The Foursquare Distillery occupies the site of a former sugar factory that dates back to 1636 and, as one of the most modern and efficient rum distilleries in the world, is designed to be both highly energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Rum has been produced on the island of Barbados for more than 300 years, but it was not until the 1906 Rum Duty Act was passed that the industry began to develop as we know it today. 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. Hence many of the Bridgetown trading companies became bottlers, including Martin Doorly & Co, and the growth of branded names began. Martin Doorly evolved into Doorly’s Macaw Rum, and became the first bottled rum exported from the island. Doorly’s rums are still famous throughout the world and are made at one of the world’s most modern rum distilleries, Foursquare Distillery.
Doorlys XO Rum is a blend of pot and column still rums aged for 5 years in ex-Bourbon casks followed by 1 year in Oloroso Sherry Oak Casks – this produces a fantastic fusion of old rum character and complex raisin character from the sherry casks. A classic Bajan rum. From 2021 the XO has been bottled at 43% ABV (it was previously 40%), a welcome improvement.
This is part of Doorlys Macaw range of rums and the label features the now increasingly endangered Hyacinth Macaw, Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus, the largest flying parrot.