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The Real McCoy is a blend of rum produced from the distillation of blackstrap molasses, using a combination of both column and pot stills. The rum is aged for 5 years in Kentucky bourbon barrels, then blended with Bajan spring water.
The Real McCoy rum's heritage is based on the story of Bill McCoy, the pioneer rum runner of the prohibition era. McCoy fueled the Roaring Twenties by delivering over 2 million bottles by sea to New York speakeasies. He became well known for always delivering undiluted alcohol, unlike other rum runners who cut the liquor with prune juice, wood alcohol, or even turpentine, That is why he and his product became known as "The Real McCoy."
Tasty, but not quite great
This is a real smooth spicy rum. It has a nice warm sensation to it with slight prickle on the tongue. This leads a moderate finish with a hint of herbal quality behind the spice. Incredibly smooth but does not have that Bajan kick to it that 3 year offers.
For me, nothing really to write home about. When sipped neat, the flavours have little depth, but are pleasant, with nothing offensive going on, a pleasant burn and more dry than un-natuarlly sweet, so that is good. Definitely not a bad Rum, but not very exciting either.
Smooth aroma, softly sweet, a mixture of molasses, brown sugar, spices (cinnamon, and ????) and warming alcohol.
The aroma transfers into the flavor but not quite as smooth. Softly sweet molasses, hints of vanilla and oak. Quite a bit of char from the barrels makes it a bit course and bitter. The bitter and numbing character carries on through for a long bitter finish and subdues any other soft nuances that may be there.
The body is a bit lighter than I expected.
Overall a competent rum. Not in a league with the 12 year Real McCoy which is much more refined, complex, smoother and a far superior rum.
At $27 not priced badly but in this class there are other rums that fill the bill with better value.
Mixed in a simple Barbados rum punch the rum does shine and comes forward better than say a Mount Gay Eclipse ($18) but is on par with the Black Barrel which costs the same and may be a bit smoother.
Worth trying but probably not something I'd keep on hand.
My first Foursquare: I picked this up since it was on clearance for $21.50/750mL at the liquor store and I've been wanting to try it for a while. I tend to prefer Barbados-style rum. Served neat in a rocks glass, I found it to be quite sweet and smooth for an unadulterated rum. I'd be interested to try the 12-year, but considering many reviewers consider it to be unworthy of the extra expense perhaps I'll wait until I can find some at a bar. 7.5
The bourbon aging really imparts some serious whiskey undertones and a dry boozy bite that I don’t usually seek in my rum.
The complex spiced flavor is overshadowed by the bourbon bite when used as a sipper.
As a mixer in simply cocktails where the rum is well highlighted, it does pretty well. The bite is balanced out nicely and the complexity of the flavors presses through. As a mixer, this is pretty good.
But, as this price point, I expect some smoothness and sipability. This rum has a youthful rawness that makes it less desirable. This rum isn’t bad per se, but there are some better rums for the price.
I recently purchased two bottles of “The Real McCoy” 5 yr Rum as the 12 yr wasn’t available and WOW, this is a great sipping rum. Should never have doubted it coming from Foursquare Distillery. Richard Seale, whose recipe for the “St-Nicholas Abbey 12 yr Rum got me “hooked” on Rum produces top of the line Rums without adding any sugar or additives, the way Rum was supposed to be. This definitely rivals other Rums that I have rated “9” and deserves a high mark. Can’t wait to taste the 10 and 12 yr versions. Well done Mr. Seale 👍
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