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Now this is some good stuff
This is another of the "Exceptional Cask Series" that Foursquare has been turning out of the last few years and like the others this one is also a winner. It has a great nose where the natural sweetness comes through. The first sip is somewhat spicy which is surprising since it has a lower ABV of 48% compared to the other Cask series. However, further sips the sweetness and complex flavors come through. I'm really enjoying this one!
Im really torn between 9 and 10 score. It is really amazing rum with nice aroma full of oak, grapes and orange. In mouth is full of flavours. Mainly oak, raisins, tropical fruit and grapes. Finish is very long due to 48% and very warm. I would rate it 9,5.
Lets start off with my expectations, they were quite high for this one, as this is my first Foursquare and everyone I spoke to about it was nothing short of raving about it. So there we go: the smell is smooth and with a promising sweetness. Then when you take a sip, it enters your mouth with a noticable thickness. This quickly disperses in your mouth into a thinner substance that tickles all your tastebuds. Its an explosion of taste, greatly balanced; sweetness as well as a dryer taste. You can really taste the different casks it has aged in. The afterburn is nice and present but yet smooth and leaves you with a warm and enjoyable aftertaste. You will be longing for more, but not in a way that you’ll finish the bottle in no time. It’s a rum that demands attention while drinking to fully enjoy the whole complexity of it. Cheers!
Fan of this brand & the integrity behind their label. Nice nose, deep caramel warm chocolate across the palate, finishes with SMOKE!? Every time I drink it, I cannot believe the smokiness on the backend. Maybe I’m wrong, I definitely do not have a sophisticated palate. Either way, WINNER!
Let it breath some minutes. The first hit was alcoholic but after a few minutes a beautiful palate of flavours appear.
Aroma: vanilla, backed bananas, bourbon, red wine, later black current and wine zest.
Taste: less sweet than the nose suggests. Spicy, light sweet. Long finish with spices and wine'ish tanins.
The rum was bottled at 48%. We have a blend of pot and coffey still that has been matured in ex-bourbon barrels for 12 years. Some of it was stored in ex-Madeira barrels.
Smell: A typical Foursquare finds its way into my nose. Caramel sweetness, dried fruits such as plums / raisins / cranberries and hazelnuts dominate the nose. The rum is a bit alcoholic deeper in the glass. The aromas are therefore not clearly distinguishable for me.
There are still barrel aromas such as oak, some vanilla and some rubber. I think it has similarities with Detente. This is a Foursquare that smells okay, but for me it doesn't belong to the better ones of the ECS series.
Taste: The start is a bit bitter with tannins, the dark wood and the sweetness of burnt sugar. The rum is noticeably older than Detente and more intense on the palate than on the nose. I still taste some gum and the dried fruit before the rum becomes dry on the palate and spicy.
The finish is sharp and medium-long, I can taste barrel aromas, burnt sugar and dried fruits again. Then some hazelnut and the rum says goodbye with a little sweetness.
A dry mouthfeel remains.
Aftertaste: dried fruit, burnt sugar and bourbon barrel flavors
A mediocre bottling that was probably positioned in the middle in terms of price. The rum is not bad, but it impress real Foursquare fans because it provides a standard range of flavors. The influence of Madeira barrel is limited, compared with Empery that has a much stronger sherry influence.
Overall rating: 84 points
Sweetness: 2.5 / 5
Value (60 €): 3/5
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