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One of the first foursquare rums I tried. The port shines through but not in an obnoxious way. Sweet dark fruit, hints of all of your favorite baking spices and at a great price! The wax top is a nice added touch!
Dejlig og smagfuld og portvinsfadene gar givet en god rund eftersmag bedste fra Foursquare efter min mening.
Nose: smells of bourbon and vanilla.
Mouthfeel: dry but pleasant with almost no burn.
Taste: light all around. Oaky, maybe? Bit of the standard vanilla. Just plain good.
UPDATE: after my third pour...
Sublimely drinkable, perfect proof, easy on the nose and not adulterated with sugar or flavoring. Truly a great rum that everyone should seek out. Most rums twice this price aren't this good.
Kellemes, nem túlzott hordós íz, épp csak annyi alkoholos csípés ami kell a végén. A portói nem nyomasztó, inkább csak az édességben jön vissza. Közepes, de korrekt test. Illata igazi rumos, vanília, édeskés, enyén fás. Egyes tulajdonságai nem kiemelkedők, hanem az összhangjuk, ami zseniális. Ez a harmónia, ennyi pénzért, sok nagy nevet és évet maga mögé utasít. Nagyon ajánlom mindenkinek, amíg még van.
i smell coffee, dried fruit and some spice.
i taste coffee too, some raisins and some grape. pepper notes, marzipan.
10/10 - subtract 5 points if you love the sweet stuff
one of the best.. a clean, light rum with a lot of flavour. dried fruit and of course the coffee note from the port aging. a good real rum to show you the taste of aging in a port wine cask!
I like this rum a lot. I enjoyed the port finish and think it gave the rum a great smoothness. I know some do not enjoy the port combination but for me it still had plenty of rum character and a nice finish with the port. I don't prefer many rums neat, but for me this one has the smoothness that lends itself to drinking straight. I was happy to see it available at a local store and will buy another to keep on hand when looking to enjoy a rum neat. This one works for me. Good pricing for a great product!
I find this rum delicate, yet it has the ability to allay your preconceived assumptions. It is not for neophytes. This rum is for connoisseurs, aficionados, enthusiast, in a word, this rum is for "US"! A depth of flavor, layers of perception. This is an introspective, questioning, alliance of dry and the essence of sweet. This is not sweet by any mean, but the "allure" of sweet is certainly present, buy it!
You will need some time for finding all flavours of this rum. Burbon and Port taste is definitly there!
The port cask aging adds character to a classic Caribbean rum. The sweetness is balanced by notes of spice and oak. An easy sipper to add to the collection.
Une des meilleures surprise de mes dégustations. Des parfums de cherry et de bois. Top.
A really well balanced aged rum, not too heavy on the barrel or the port. Medium bodied on the pallet and lightly sweet. The aroma of toffee, oak, vanilla, and light port is fantastic.
Wow! Not only does Richard Seale hit this out of the ballpark, but it is done with a price tag that is downright a steal!
The flavor composition is wonderful. This is not a dry rum like the Richard Seale's black bottled finest rum, however, what it is is a smooth rum with nice flavors that work well together. Fruity, oaky notes that intermingle well with vanilla, clove, cinnamon, caramel and nutmeg.
Enjoy neat please...
And make sure you have a bottle, or two put away! This rum is very limited overseas as well as here!
Close to perfection. Great flavors, mouthfeel, and finish.
Der perfekte Rum um ein Tasting zu beginnen! Perfect Rum to start a rum tasting!
Nose: Rum, real and proper rum. Some light toffee and vanilla, slightly grassy and dry with some buzzing oaky notes coming through. Under the heavy-weight rum and bourbon notes the port starts to come out to play and then the depth of this rum starts to show itself; dark berries, plums and black cherry. Rich dark chocolate liquors of some type., light fruity coffee (something like a Kenyan Peaberry), and some good spices – cinnamon, cloves, black pepper. The faintest suggestion of banana off in the distance too. Beautiful and really well balanced, the nose is delivered in layers without one aspect pushing it’s way through for dominance.
Palate: Well the nose was pretty good, lets see what the palate has to offer. Medium mouth-feel, dry, good level of coating. Dry. Oak, dry. The flavours jump straight out, it’s quite a big flavour despite the low abv; follows the nature of the nose with bourbon cask first showing plenty of caramel and vanilla on the first sip but the port shows up sooner than on the nose and leads with under-ripe plums, black grapes and dates/prunes. Dry. After a few sips more starts to become available with some dark and bitter black chocolate, black coffee, nutmeg, and some black pepper.
Finish: Long. Dry. As the palate moves to the finish there is loads of fresh ground black pepper and cinnamon, it’s mouth puckering and slightly bitter (in a good way). There are some vague and suggested dark fruits on the finish but it’s mostly drying, bitter oaky chocolate that slowly drifts off as the finish fades.
More here: https://rumtastic.wordpress.com/2016/03/06/foursquare-port-cask-finish-review/
An amazing sipper. It's like a drier Dos Madaras PX 5*5 except less sweet. Can't wait to finish off this bottle. Sad I couldn't buy more.
Lika bra som zinfandel. Äkta och rund, mycket smak.
Foursquare distilleries in the South-East of Barbados does a fantastic line in single cask aged unadulterated rums.
Not blended, not from a solera, not sweetened, but given its own character from the treatment usually expected from a single malt whisky, and in this case - ageing in Bourbon and Port casks for 9 years.
The bottle is a bit disappointing - it is the standard bottle also used for a lot of the Doorly's with a cheap screw top.
In the glass the rum is a deep amber with a big, smooth aroma. None of the smokiness of the Doorly's XO, but with a deep warm port note, that carries all the way through.
In the mouth it is exceptionally smooth, with the raisin and fig notes given extra depth by the port finish. it is a dry rum without vanilla notes.
Finish is a gentle burn with the aroma lingering really well.
This is the kind of carefully crafted quality, that is turning me away from my entry favourites of Zacapa and Plantation, which focus on consistency by blending and appeal by adding sugar.
This stuff is inconsistently gorgeous!
This shows what you can do to make rum special without adding extra sugar. That Auburn looking liquid strongly evokes the port cask it was aged in. It also has port notes of rich ripe fruit in it, bringing flavours and sensations to the rum you won't have had before. A small tip when you do crack a bottle and pour your first glass, let it sit awhile, 5 or so minutes. Otherwise it will really beat you up. You can also add a drop of water to open it up. A must have for any rum connoisseur.
Let me say this beforehand...I am indeed biased at the outset since I am a fan of Richard Seale's lineup of rums. I also have a huge amount of respect for the man due to his philosophy of being open and upfront about his product. No double-speak. No smoke-and-mirrors. No malarky.
Now with that being said...
[BTW, I do not work for Mr. Seale nor do I know him personally. Although I'd like to meet him and shake his hand.]
A beautiful amber hue with bronze on the edges. It has exceptional legs in my snifter. The rum slowly drifting down the sides in unbroken rivulets. The aroma is enticing and tickles my nose with some pepperiness.
Oh, and the flavor! Noticeable vanilla, caramel, and toffee with a peppery bite along with some tannin bitterness. There seems to be a little cinnamon in there as well (maybe I am imagining that). A little burn which fades rather quickly. It is a little dry. There is a natural sweetness to it from the port cask but not at all overwhelming. No sugaring. None. Nada. Any sweetness comes naturally from the sugar cane molasses and the woods in the barrels and casks.
This is a true rum lover's sipping rum. Any other company would charge close to $100 or more for something like this but I got mine for under $40. I was extremely surprised to find it locally since Foursquare products...in fact, any of Seale's rums...have ever been sold locally. I bought extra bottle in case the local availability was a fluke. I hope that the local stores might carry more of the Seale line of rums.
In short, this is arguably the best sipping rum in my collection and one I wholeheartedly endorse. Seek this one out, folks. This is what rum should always be.
S palirnou foursquare nemuzete slapnout vedle. Zatim jsem mel jen mensi ochutnavku v Cubana baru. Az nacnu celou lahev, pridam vice poznamek.
Beautiful bronze reddish colour in the glass. The second maturation in the port cask the aromas ore not overpowering. Overall nicely balanced with a more fruity type notes coming up front. Taste is a bit light for a bajan rum but again is nicely balanced with fruity notes leading into more dark fruits, caramel, spice with plenty of tannins. Nice creamy mouthfeel. A nice sweetish dry finish.
Another great rum from Foursquare and wish I had bought another bottle.
I am a big fan of the "Exceptional Cask Selection" releases from Foursqure and Mr. Seale. At sub-$40, this port barrel-finished rum is the best value of the bunch. It does require a few minutes in the glass to breathe and open up, but once it does, it is beautifully balanced. Naturally balanced sweetness, with the slightest hint of port on the nose and palate. Very deep... pour this into a proper glass and get lost in the nose. My biggest complaint is the meager 80 proof (c'mon, Rich! Though I guess I could blend with some 2004...). Still, a tremendous value for a world-class rum!
9-, 9 (former rating: 8+). If it were 45%+, 9+.
J ai gouté ce rhum que j avais depuis longtemps.il est trés trés bon.beaucoup de gout ling en bouche tout en restant tres doux.vraiment un grand rhum.note 8.7.