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Now this is some good stuff
I’m a big fan of Port cask finish rums, and this Zinfandel cask was a big surprise. I wonder why they have not done another one. Very nice depth like the other Foursquare rums. Lots of depth wonderful.
One of the ealier releases in the exceptional cask series and on that account, I think, still offering a more mainstream, less demanding profile than the recent cask strength releases. The zinfandel is bottled at 43% vol.and can be enjoyed by just about any rum drinker. Even though it’s foursquare trademark additive free, it’s still what I would consider a semi sweet offering, courtesy of the zinfandel ageing.
The nose is worth spending some time with, as notes of caramel, chocolate, red fruits, coffee, sweet tobacco and mild oak spices emerges.
The taste is medium bodied and balanced nicely. First I pick up sweet pipe tobacco, slightly vinous red fruits and caramel. Then slightly more dry barrelnotes of mild black pepper, leather and ginger emerges. The finish is subtle but quite persistant with mild spice and caramel. What I would call a real feet up, fireplace kinda rum. It’s still available at good value and well recommeded. It might be looking at a 9 rating.
Rum tasting during the global lockdown continued with Foursquare Zinfandel Cask. Nice bottle and label design. Light golden color. Mild vanilla and plenty of pepper and toffee to the nose and palate when neat sipped. Boozy and a tad gluey with a strong and dry burn. Not an experience I'm looking forward trying again anytime soon.
I'm putting this as my bottom ECS but that's also kind of like saying "this is the worst Ferrari made" as it's better than most out there.
This is a very fine rum with a great balance of sweetness, strength and taste. Such a shame i will never own a bottle since it has all sold out! I was lucky enough to get a 5cl sample and enjoyed it quite a bit. I wouldn't say it is absolutely ground breaking but what it is, is a very enjoyable rum worthy of owning and enjoying.
N- Roasted cocoa bean, full and firm molasses with bean-y fragrance, caramelized fruits and honey laced berries. Coffee on sub notes, fruit preserves and resin, mixed toasted spices and caraway. Feel charming and the Zinfandel Cask does some how brighten things up a bit. (88/22)
P- Velvet, pleasant rum with direct profile, and simply swims well on palate. Lovely texture, whispers of fruits and adequately sweet. Bottled at much lower strength compare to Mark III, which may have strip some of its boldness and feel feminine, but shows quality credential for a fine rum. (85/19)
F- Medium, creamy, hearty and fruity. (85/19)
Weighted Rate- 80pt
— at Kill Devil KL.
"The finish is long and nicely oaked – the initial sweetness of the sip gives way to the oak and spice from the bourbon casks."
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