Jun 30, 2017

Foursquare Single Blended Rum 11yo (2004)...

Foursquare Single Blended Rum 11yo (2004) (59.0%): Leaving for vacation today... I thought a rum review would be very appropriate and I have a rum distilled and bottled by Foursquare on my desk for this occasion. Foursquare is from Barbados, St. Philip parish and run by Richard Seale, the fourth generation master distiller and master blender of the Seale family. This rum in the bottle is from their Exceptional Cask Selection series and it is a blend of rums distilled separately in pot and column stills which are matured exclusively in ex-bourbon barrels for 11 years before being bottled at cask strength without adding any additional sugar and/or caramel coloring. All music to my ears...

Color: Medium amber with an orange hue.

Nose: Where to start from..? Honey reduction, Muscovado sugar, rolling tobacco and grape molasses. Banana leaves and steamed green asparagus. Soft wood shavings, guava and vanilla. Some smoke... Like smoking caramel or boiling molasses. A few drops of water add other notes like we didn't have enough. Moss, cooked prunes and canned sour cherries. Cranberry juice... Great nose... Left me speechless.

Palate: Tar and wet soot... Burnt molasses and burnt butter. Eucalyptus drops and spearmint. Salted and dried mackerel, burnt lemon peel and pomegranate molasses. Kriek beer and Lipton forest fruit ice tea. With water it gets more woody and piney: Spruce, rosemary leaves and pine sap. Cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice at the very end.

Finish: Long, oily with some diesel fuel, ground cloves and nutmeg.

Overall: Hands down, one of the best rums I have tasted for a very long time... If there are any whisky lovers out there looking for a sipping rum or constantly complaining about rums lacking texture and/or being overly sweet here is what you guys are looking for. This is a truly exceptional spirit... I am hooked, seriously... I will taste every single expression from Foursquare I can put my hands on from now on. Grab a bottle when you can...

Price: $60