The Real McCoy 12yo...

The Real McCoy 12yo (40.0%): While we are anxiously waiting for Foursquare's 2018 limited releases: 2005/12yo, Dominus and Premise to hit the shelves hopefully within a week here in SoCal I pulled another Foursquare rum to taste on this hot and beautiful Sunday in Los Angeles from my cabinet. This is a blend of pot and column still rums distilled by Foursquare distillery. it is aged for 12 years in heavily charred ex-bourbon barrels and released under the The Real McCoy label which is primarily a label created for the US market.

Color: Dark amber with an orange hue like King Cole tea. Slow moving and thick legs around the glass.

Nose: Candied orange peel and damp tobacco leaves. Shopping for a vintage leather jacket... Sweet molasses, ripe bananas and oak staves. Sweet, a little thin maybe but highly enjoyable...

Palate: Molasses, vanilla, whole cloves and cinnamon. Very bourbon-esque... Nutmeg, cortado with brown sugar and toasted oak. Smoke... A very satisfying oily texture... Milk chocolate bars, dark Muscovado sugar and rum raisin ice cream.

Finish: Sweet with nutmeg, orange bitters and allspice.

Overall: Another great blend from Richard Seale. If you want to introduce a bourbon lover to high quality rums this is the bottle to grab from the store shelf. Reasonably priced, aged incredibly well, not sweetened and not colored... Well, since the best kept secret of the rum world is already out for quite a while there is no reason to keep it hush-hush anymore. The rums coming out of Foursquare's stills are simply amazing... If you like this expression but would prefer a little more texture and umpf in your rum I would say that 2004 (11yo) and soon to be released 2005 (12yo) bottlings from Foursquare are the rums you are looking for.

Price: $40