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Now this is some good stuff
Think about the 2004 or 2005 (which I’ve yet to try). Add a layer of berries and cherries, you’ve got another great expression by foursquare. This is a limited release product like all foursquare products and is no longer being made like the Port Cask.
Tried this beauty 3 months ago on my birthday but the rum disappeared very quickly as my guests really enjoyed it. The only thing I have to say that I was amazed and saving some coins to buy another bottle in a month or two. Alcohol is so expensive in Australia!! We pay double what everybody else in the world,
I am in love with this rum. I first tried it at the 2016 California Rum Festival, along with the Port Cask Finish and a couple other Foursquare offerings (connected with R L Seale, so you know it's good right off the bat).
Pour this in a large snifter or cabernet glass, and take in the aromas of wine barrels. If you've never visited a winery's barrel-aging room before, this may be the next-best thing. The double-aging in bourbon (first) and zinfandel (last) casks works really, really well.
In the mouth, this rum is smooth, with a satisfying oak bite. The flavor is complex, with characteristic Bajan sweetness, but off-dry overall. It strikes a really nice balance. I've read that some caramel color was added, but no other additives or sweeteners, allowing the rum to shine on its own.
And shine it does! I've given this as gifts to two special folks for the holidays, and only wish I had one for myself—but I've got several other bottles to get though, first :).
If there's room on your shelf, don't pass this one up! (Or any of the Exceptional Cask Series offerings from Foursquare.)
(Update 8/17 - I had demoted to this to a 9 for several days after a re-tasting. The flavor and sweetness profile of this rum seems to vary dramatically depending on what I have before it. Immediately followed by a super-dry rum, it's a bit too sweet. Followed by an off-dry rum or, especially, a nice red wine, this bottle shines. Especially with a little time to breathe—I can get lost in that wine barrel nose for ages! This stuff may be a 9 or 9+—nothing to scoff at—but I'm returning it to a 10 for the pure beauty of what Richard accomplished, with the hope that he will continue to release more of the same (rumors of petite sirah barrels have me very excited...). This rum also holds sentimental value to me, which is worth at least a half point :). Enjoy!)
Foursquare Zinfandel Cask Blend is very impressive rum masterpiece. Simply brilliant rum for the price, but just remember that it is different from “standard” rums and I would say it is only enjoyable for experienced drinkers. The Zinfandel influence is very prominent and adds some real intrigue. If you like British style rums go ahead and give a try to this Bajan rum.
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Nejlepe vonici rum, co jsem kdy ochutnal. Karamel, maslo, kokos, ovoco. Proste nadhera. Chut sucha, dub, karamel, kokos. Pokracuje v pepr. Dozvuk dlouhy a prijemny.
A rich sweet nose but no real hints of Zinfandel. The palate is unctious, smooth, long with a wonderful touch of alcohol. Dry but with a richness of fruit presumably from the Zin, but it is no way winey. There is sometimes a criticism some (but not me) level at the 9yo Port Finish, that it has too much influence of Port, but there is no problems with this one. A really superb rum at a reasonable price. I used to bemoan the fact that there weren't enough good rums from Barbados, but RL Seale is showing that there are some absolute stunners. Bottled at 43%, while the Port is at 40%
...besten Rums, welche ich bis jetzt getrunken habe. Der Anfang einer wunderbaren Freundschaft zwischen mir und der Foursquare Distillery :D.
molasses. dry rum. 43% 86 proof
i smell elements of almond with a fruity unerlayer.
i taste marzipan and sweet fruit at the start. then it turns into apricot and peppery notes with the finish of sweet grapes.
10/10 - drop 5 points if you love the real sweet stuff on the rum market.
worth every cent.
in the whole this rum is real good. soft and mild with elements of almond and some cherry. fruity with a touch of apricot. very smooth. mild peppery notes.
a masterpiece. the aging in the zinfandel cask makes the difference especially at the start!
one of the best rums i met in 2016 :).
This rum has the most delicious nose. Butterscotch, salted caramel.
This rum is a dream to sip. I can't believe there is no added sugar. The most amazing rum I've ever had.
"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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