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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.
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.
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 :).
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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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,
...besten Rums, welche ich bis jetzt getrunken habe. Der Anfang einer wunderbaren Freundschaft zwischen mir und der Foursquare Distillery :D.
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.
Un "très bon Foursquare" c'est un pléonasme. Encore une réussite du coté de la Barbade avec pour particularité dans cette bouteille un final vraiment dans l’extrême rondeur.
Perfect rum to add to your collection or house rum staple. Another rum that doesn’t hide anything! No Chill filtration, no sugar or caramel additives. Just an honest very good, I may add, moderately priced limited rum by Richard Seale. A vast array of flavors and aromas from sweet to spicy, floral to oaky, fruity to nutty to create a nice complex rum, which you might be thinking would be a sweet rum due to the Zin influence, however, these barrels are dry barrels that housed Zinfandel, so the rum isn’t added to some Zinfandel wine still in the barrel.
Enjoy this as this rum won’t be along much longer.
No added sugar or flavors. Everything is coming from distilling and barrel aging. I am interested to learn where foursquare is getting their zin barrels from. The nose is extremely heady and floral. In a blind tasting I would probably never guess wine but knowing it's there sends you searching and it is indeed detectable, floating up top in the back of the nose. The palate is rich and thankfully it's bottled at 43%. I can't help but wonder how the blender came to this ratio of bourbon and zin and how the line can be tipped one way or the other.
I bought this along with the amazing 2004 so I could gain side by side perspective. The zin has far less charred white oak that so dominates the 2004! This gives it a multi dimentional quality and would be perfect pairing with a well rounded charcuterie platter.
Bottom line, these R.L. Seale rums in the Foursquare line are stellar.
Unless your favorite rum is El Dorado 12, in which case I'm truly sorry for you, your going to want to get this.
A note on packaging... It's bare bones no frills screw cap bottling and thats okay. Whats inside truly speaks for itself.
Lovely amber colour with and initial hit of fire and burnt caramel. Slightly sweet smooth at the end, a warmth at the back of the throat and lingering, pleasant finish.
Typical rum flavor is dimmed. Which brings this rum closer to whiskey fans.
Cask taste is intensive, which I love.
The influence of Zinfandel is for my untrained senses undetectable, which makes me a little bit sad, because I’m passionately in love with Zinfandel/Primitivo/Plavac.
Bottle is very simple and pretty, but the plug looks too cheap. Maybe Foursquare should think about some changes in this detail.
Otherwise, I highly recommend this rum.
I experienced a sample of this from The Party Source in Bellevue, KY. Unfortunately they were sold out of their stock! I'm now crying into my sample!
Aroma is smooth oak, Zin, hints of toffee and vanilla with some molasses. The first sip is warming but never near hot. A smooth natural sweetness, maybe from the Zin barrels, comes forward up front with hints of vanilla, molasses, toffee, oak, Zin and other soft spicy notes. It dries out nicely mid taste and finishes dry. Medium long drying finish. This rum is smooth as silk and way too easy to sip neat! As the rum rests in the glass the oak and Zin move more into the forefront. A lot of depth here in both aroma and flavor but it's all very subtle and extremely smooth. I don't know that I've ever had a better rum to this time. In my opinion all of the hype about Foursquare is justified. Although I have 3 or 4 other offerings from them in the cabinet this is the first I've sampled. This is absolutely outstanding! I hesitate to give anything a 10 but this is damn close!
Într-adevăr o experiență deosebită, foarte echilibrat și extraordinar de bun!
I bought this because it is rated so highly on here and agree that it is quite fantastic! My favorite is El Dorado 12, but this is definitely less sweet and has more character, fruity notes, cinnamon and oaky with a nice Zinfandel finish, quality sipper!
Zinfandel Cask Blend has a stunning continuity between aroma and taste. No additives allow the master blender's art to shine, revealing a wealth of rich and complex flavors.
Foursquare have been one of the leaders in rum in the last couple of years and their "Wine Cask Finish"-series live up to the hype... and more
Nose: Sweet oak, dried fruit and a hint of red wine from the cash finish
Taste: Oak, raisins and a fruity wine note. The aftertaste is wonderful, although it is cut a little short
Overall: Wonderful rum that hits all the right marks. I was a little in doubt about using a red wine cask to finish the rum, but it gave a really complex flavour to the rum. Only the short finish is between this rum and a 10/10
The Zinfandel Cask is an other great pot and column blend that goes toe to toe with the other four square expressions! It isn't the dark fruit and berries that I get from the others in the Foursquare lineup but is more of a light tropical fruit, which again is nothing to complain about on a hot and humid day! My palate tends to favor the deeper dark flavors otherwise this would land another 10 from me!
Kdo hledá doslazovanou jemnost s plastem, rovnou tuto láhev přeskočte. Toto je opravdový rum!. 43% je na začátku lávhe znát hlavně ve vůni. Chuť je pravá nefalšovaná, rumová bez dochucování. Výborný, podobnost lze nalést v Doorly's 12y nebo Mount Guy XO. Jde o podobné levnější varianty tohoto rumu, ale každá svým způsobem lehce odlišné. Hlavně v dochuti, která je v Zinfu přenádherně dlouhá. Cena kolem 1000,- by mu slušela více.
Can a rum be simply delicious? Light amber color, no ETOH aroma, legs galore, quickly dissapating warmth leaves a certain fruity sweetness that is a wonder. Jeeze this is good stuff.
86 proof, undoctored wonderfulness. My first Foursquare and hopefully not my last.
I hesitated to try this one, as I thought it might be overly sweet. I was thankfully wrong. Flavors of cinnamon, molasses, and oak (as well as some spice) come through in a masterful balance. You won’t regret it.
First i must say, yes, I’m fan of this foursquare exceptional cask series. At the moment I have 5 different bottles from 8.
And I very liked all what I try before from this collection.
So today I opened one of Zinfandel bottles. Before I open it, I was sure about that, I will not be disappointed. But I’m surprised again.
43% bourbon and Zinfandel wood.
Nose: very clean, sweet aroma. I got vanilla and maybe honey notes.
Taste: first note! It’s tart and viscous. Different. And after that you got of smooth taste in your mouth: mix of vanilla, caramel, little spice. I’ll like this rich taste. No alcohol burn for sure, and not to sweet. Balanced.
Perfect for single malt.
But port cask finish (9y) I liked little bit more at the moment.
Port cask 8.8-9