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Another great bottle from the island of real rum.This one get straight to the point and is a little more heavily bodied then you usual Barbadian. My nose fills with notes of leather, oak, coconut and pepper. In the mouth I pick up a dark character with notes of oak, leather, tobacco, orange-peel and spices. Despite the manly character, it's a pleasingly refined rum that's well executed. The taste and color feels heavily influenced by the barrel, but it never goes overboard. Thumbs up.
I was on the fence about trying this one after reading the reviews, but finally decided to give it a try. If I had to rate it right out of the bottle it would be lower. I inadvertently let this one sit in the glass for 30 minutes while I was distracted. When I got around to trying it I was pleasantly surprised. Not to overbearing or sweet and very smooth. A nice sipper. Tried another glass without the wait and it was good but not quite like the first. Give it a try but let it sit a while.
At first the name was a bit of a turn-off. I thought it was a cliche marketing trick of using a recognizable name with positive connotations but no relation to the actually product. I was pleased to learn that the name comes from a 1920s prohibition-era rum runner named Bill McCoy, who never watered-down or adulterated the rum he was selling, thus earning a reputation for himself. They called his spirits "the real McCoy." (The phrase pre-dates Bill, and there is a good amount of marketing storytelling here as there is no direct link between him and the current production, but it's nice to know there's a real story all the same.)
This is a great 12-year-old Bajan rum with no added sugar. Along with the other offerings from Foursquare and Mt. Gay, this makes for a fantastic "benchmark" sipping rum, with notes of oak and dry caramel. Took a few minutes to open up, but once it did, it was very nice, indeed. I think it has quite a bit more character than the NAS MGXO, and is a little dryer than RL Seale's Finest. This is probably also the smoothest of the bunch. To me, RM12 competes with Foursquare's cask series, just without the level of nuance/interest those ones offer.
Compared to the already-excellent Real McCoy 5-year, the taste is very similar, making it difficult to justify the extra expense of the 12. The 12-year is slightly smoother, and has a richer nose of brown/demerara sugar. The 12 is clearly a more refined/enjoyable sipping rum, so grab it if it's within your budget, but I was surprised at just how good the 5 was, so feel no regrets about trying that one instead if your budget's tighter (or if you want an exceptional mixer).
I would love to do a side-by-side tasting with this, Doorly's 12-year (finished in ex-Sherry casks) and RL Seale's Finest—the latter two appearing to be significantly better values from the same distillery. But you can't really go wrong with any of these :)
(PS, I don't understand how anyone could rate this less than a 6, but apparently some have very different standards than the site's rating suggestions. [Also, wow, this rum must have excellent distribution in Denmark!] At the time of this review, the rating without these peculiar outliers would be 8.04, rather than 7.58.)
Update: 8+, 8 :)
Lækker Rom uden sukker - god eftersmag af valinile og tobak
the rum is good, great color, but I think it's overpriced.
While the nose is nice, the mouth is awesome! Damn smooth caramel, butterscotch, coconut, banana, leather, tobacco, chocolate, and citrus. A nice noticeable bourbon finish to top it off too. This may be a 10 at some point, but for now 9+
Sugar test-0. Well duh, it's from Foursquare!
This is another "12 year old rum" that is trying to be great but just can't deliver the goods. It's yet another "vanilla and oak" rum. No spice, fruit notes and very little heat. It's very one dimensional.
Mixed with coke its a vanilla coke with a kick. Mixed in juice and the flavor is off for some reason.
I'm glad I tried it and although its not as balanced as an Appleton 12 year its still a good rum.
Good rum. For a 12 year it is fairly complex and has a nice mouth and finish.
Just had a glass of this rum, not much impressed, the taste being nothing stepping out of the conventional...
Initially a lot of black pepper / chili? followed by sweetness and clear features from charred bourbon cask (vanilla and some smoke). Soft finish that lasts a long time.
En meget afrundet og sød rom, der på samme tidspunkt også har lidt kant. Den mangler dog noget på eftersmagen efter min mening.
This is an in your face rum in a good way. Pretty harsh in your mouth. Not that sweet. Nose: lemon, vanilla, apple and cinnamon. Palate: Vanilla, orange, figs and sherry. Good one 👍
I first tried the Real McCoy 12 at the local Rumfest several years ago. I liked it then and I like it now -especially since I have a whole (okay, now less than whole) bottle. Smooth and very nice for sipping. On my scale, I have it as a 7.5.
Liked the history behind the brand. The rum was a straight forward rum, no real aftertaste nor flavour. Not a bad rum but not great either.
The bourbon casks really comes shining through on this rum. It's definitely has that distinctive oak taste but it's not overpowering. It has a nice balance of citrus and banana flavoring with a hint of tobacco. Just another great example of Bajan rum and Foursquare.
Another wonderful unadulterated rum from Mr. Seale and his Foursquare Distillery. Rich rum flavors, notes of toffee, oak, molasses and spices, but at 80 proof, none of the alcohol burn. An example of Bajan rum at its best.
Dva nadšenci Bailey Pryor a Richard Seale oprášili po téměř sto letech Váš příběh vytvořením dokumentu a hlavně sérií rumů nesoucí hrdě odkaz s označením „Pravý McCoy“. Doba se však lehce změnila, a přestože nyní ona nadšená dvojice již nepatří (jako dříve Vy) mezi nepřátele vlády a organizovaného zločinu, stali se pro změnu lehkým trnem v patě komerčním megaloproducentům. Pochopitelně také neladí s ortodoxními fanoušky doslazovaných rumů, kterým tak přímo před nosem uniká ona neuvěřitelná jemnost a vyzrálost brilantně vyvážených složek zemitosti, dubové dřevitosti, karamelu či tmavé čokolády s pojítkem lehkého tabákového kouře. Se smutným výrazem pak sleduji hodnocení těch, jež tento úžasný rum nepochopili (a proto také dostatečně neocenili), jelikož se jim vzdaluje Vámi prosazovaná rumová čistota a pravda, v dnešní době tak pracně zastíraná všemožným marketingem s výsledkem vesměs předražené rumové falešnosti.
Rigtig fin rom der kan stille lysten hos både den der vil have sødt og den der vil have stærkt.
Puissance et gourmandise au rdv de cet excellent Foursquare ! Mon rhum de tous les jours !
It's not sweet. I like sweet but I still like this one. It tastes natural.
Dejlig rom. Klar duft af kokus. Smagen er lidt tør, rund, kokus, vanilje og karamel
Purchased a bottle of "The Real McCoy" this summer and the bottle remains intact. Will update my review upon tasting.
There is very little burn in sipping this and a mildly sweet oaky vanilla that comes through. It's not as bold as Doorly's 12 year which is almost 20 bucks cheaper in my area and has a more dominant toffee and whisky like flavor. IMO it doesn't have that dominant whisky like flavor of rl seales 10 yr or Doorly's of any kind. It's smooth on the throat for sure and definitely woody w some brown sugar. The flavors tho are very mild. It's not bad by any means just very mild brown sugar and bourbon like an unsugared and smoother Pampero Aniversario RE. Nice brown sugar n vanilla flavor that is different from other foursquare offerings, I like it.
I really enjoyed this rum. It felt super real to me. Somehow knowing that no sugar was added to this to make it sweet and that every drop in the bottle is at least 12 years old just adds to the experience.
The Real McCoy 12-Year rum review by a Mountain of Crushed Ice