Doorly’s 3-year-old review

Today, I will introduce a rum most of you have probably already seen and with some luck even tried. The logo of this brand contains the unmistakeable macaw parrot and the rums are a true treasure of Barbados. 


It is produced in the Foursquare Distillery in St. Philip, Barbados, which is the most modern distillery in Barbados (and maybe the whole world), completely renovated in 1996. Foursquare is the only distillery still managed by the original local owner. The name of the rum is a tribute of Martin Doorly, the business partner of R. L. Seal, who founded Foursquare. Foursquare Rum Distillery is a proud winner of Rum Distillery of 2016 at IWSC, London, UK. Apart from Doorly’s, you might be familiar with other rums from this distillery. Like Veritas, Sixty Six, Foursquare, Kill Devil, Cadenhead’s, Compagnie or others. 


It is of mid-intensity, slightly spiky and yet smooth. Primarily, I can smell citruses. But it does not offer a wide spectrum of smells. The rum is young, so do not expect maturity or woodiness.

Doorly’s 3 YO


The beginning is warm, slightly burning of alcohol but not very intensive. Unlike the smell, the taste shows some woodiness, together with citrus notes. It has a very slight aromatic touch in the back, which was really hard to de-code. I found out later it might have been coconut, so there you go. But it is not very pronounced. The bottle has 40 % of alcohol and no added sugar. 


This brand always has gorgeous bottles. All the series contain the macaw parrot on the packaging. Each year of this rum has a different parrot and we will definitely get to that later on. In this case, it is the blue-and-yellow macaw. I have enjoyed the shooting because we own one. And so it got to model. The bottle itself is white colour, including the screw-on top. The higher series have cork tops. 

Doorly’s 12YO, XO, 5YO, and 3YO


In this case, it is very fair and affordable. You will purchase the rum under CZK 600. 


First I have to say there are not many white rums I would like (drinking them by themselves, not in a mixer). I would count them on one hand and this is definitely one of the best ones. I still need to try Veritas, which comes from the same distillery. This rum is not half bad, of course, you need to consider it is not super-aged and expensive, a great one for cocktails. In cocktails it rules, moving the classic Cuba Libre a step further. It is definitely worth buying, especially if you like a refreshing drink on hot days. 

Lynchburg Lemonade cocktail (white rum), Cuba Libre and Doorly’s 3YO

Doorly’s 3YO Lynchburg Lemonade Cocktail recipe


  • 0,04ml Doorly’s 3YO 
  • 0,01ml lime juice 
  • Sprite 
  • orange, lime
  • cocktail cherry/raspberry for decoration 
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Lynchburg Lemonade is originally based on whisky (especially Jack Daniel’s). It is not bad but I once tried it with white rum and that’s just awesome. Pleasant, refreshing and the rum adds a great taste to it. Just add ice and fruit to the shaker and crush it. Add Doorly’s 3YO with lime juice, shake well. Serve in a glass with ice, citruses, finish with Sprite and decorate with a cherry or raspberry. Perfect for hot summers.

Jiří Naller

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