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Now this is some good stuff
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!)
I like Foursquare Port cask 9yo,this one is one step more mature,the Zinfandel adds touch of specialty.
Color:medium caramel color
Body:hot(rum alcohol shot-which I really like),oak
Tail:long,proper rum taste
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%
Another standout offering by Foursquare. The time spent in the Zinfandel casks not only come out in this rums odor but also on the backside of the taste. Initially kind of a whiskey mouth quickly balanced by a sweeter Zinfandel oaky flavor. Very nice and different than most all foursquare offerings. It’s been out for a while now. Bottles are hard to find and climbing the price ladder, despite the curious screwed top. Reminds me of a sweeter Rhum Liberation.. A must try for wine lovers! Real rating, 8.5 on the AJ scale
I was apprehensive to give this a try. No added sugar or flavors, sounds bland. Wow was I wrong. Subtle taste, great aroma, smooth finish. Overall a excellent rum to drink neat.
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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The 4th in the Foursquare special cask editions, the Zinfandel cask aged is another winner. Blended between pot and column still, and Zinfandel and bourbon casks it has not been sweetened or coloured.
It comes in the same bottle as its predecessors and the Doorley's rums, meaning it has a screw cap, belying the quality in the bottle.
Colour: deep golden
Nose: delicately spiritedy with a bunch of fresh fruit notes
Mouth: gorgeously warming, fruity notes from the Zinfandel with warm woody tones and a hint of bourbon.
Sweetness: 2-3/5; hard to call, it is all from the bourbon casks, no added sugar, but it does not feel dry.
Burn: gentle, lasting
Summary: As a specialist rum this is a total bargain. Drier than most "top sippers" it excels in purity and quality.
It is a limited edition - get some while you can!!
He is King Midas, in my opinion. I will buy anything he makes and almost certainly love it.
Whoever said walnuts at the end nailed it.
I liked their Port finished rum and wanted to give this one a try as well.
I like it better than the Port and I really like the Port finished.
1er rhum découvert de chez foursquare, après un nez déroutant, une explosion de saveur en bouche, du miel, du fruit et une final sèche et relativement longue...que demande le peuple ? Du rhum bien sûr. ..
"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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