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Now this is some good stuff
What do we have here then? To be honest I don't know yet. It takes me longer to get used to the drier rums, as it did with Seale's 10 and Clement Agricole. The Zinfandel is apparent even to a novice, but I'll need a lot more time nosing this until I discover more as I did with Seale's. Tbc.......
I'm now getting the Seale's 10 flowery bouquet. Tastes better too. These rums are a refreshing change from the smoother, sweeter rums, when you're in the mood for something a bit more lively, fresher, The Zinfandel notes really add to the curiosity. I feel like I'll have to drink the whole bottle before I start getting to know it properly. Not tonight though!
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.
I bought this after reading all the rave reviews claiming this rum to be amongst the best available. I have to say on my first tasting, I couldn’t see what all the fuss was about. I almost thought it was bland.
Having made no secret that DF Res is my personal favourite, this was a million miles away.
However, after the second visit, I hope that I am truly now appreciative of what this “ true rum” offers.
It’s naturally sweet, has little burn, leaves a long warming aftertaste that makes the throat glow.
I do not add my normal 1 ice cube, just take it as it’s meant to be, nothing added.
The more I try it the more it grows on me.
43% and still exceptionally smooth, nothing added, as natural as it can be.
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.
I like Port more than I like Zin, and I love the Foursquare Port, so I thought for sure I'd like that more. But this is even better (imho) than the Foursquare Port!
This has a wonderful pepper spice to it, and though not too sweet, it's not too dry either. Smells and tastes of molasses, pepper, toffee, marzipan, oak, and cinnamon. I also noticed a little Zin flavor after looking for it (because well it is a Zin rum).
This is another fantastic aged rum from Foursquare. I'm REALLY impressed with the quality of their aged rums - especially for the low price of under $50 ($49.99 at Mission Liquor).
This is Seale's Zin-Cask rum and it is out of this world. Whereas the port-finish offering from last year overpowered the rum rather than added to it, this Zin finish marries so easily with the rum to produce a luscious bouquet and delicious flavor throughout the tasting. It's very dry, yet full of fruity overtones and spicy goodness. Excellent product. Straight up all the way.
Deep brown sugar nose. Smooth molasses flavour with the Zinfandel cask coming through well - quite an interesting wine-type initial hit, but I’m not an enormous fan of it. Serious spice lasts forever with smokey and woodsy tones. Unique for sure, just not my cut of tea
Rum was one of my first favorite spirits.. However for past decade or so I haven't really had much, looking into other things. Recently I thought I should get back into rum but came across so many different unfamiliar labels and didn't really know what to be looking for and what was just hype. So I was at TJ and saw this one, and the price was decent and a quick phone websearch showed it was supposed to be OK. Brought it home and wow - balance, beautiful fruit aroma (maybe a slight suggestion of black cherry from the zin), smooth flavor, alluring sweetness, and balance again. blown away, and brought me back to rum.
I loved the port cask and was looking forward to trying another Foursquare classy rum. It didn't disappoint... Beautiful fruity aroma upon opening , then after leaving in the glass for 5 mins my first sip... amazing taste , fruit , wine cask and a little pepper. Its dry but not too dry and the aftertaste is the best I've experienced so far... just great rum ! Vintage cask next.
Took more than 20 minutes for the big alcohol aroma to dissipate.
I find this common with new bottles. That's not a detriment, just an observation. Nutty, oak, a little hot in a good way; the grapes are there, on the sides of the tongue.
Long finish at the back of the mouth. Walnuts? A solid pick, if you like them dry.
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!)
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