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Very well made, with layers of complexity that open more with water and time.
This is a fairly relaxed spirit, with hints of fruit and spice. The burn is mostly gone, even for an overproof... such exceptional aging can be appreciated by any individual that savors a nice dram. Show this one to your whisky drinker friends, and watch as they convert to rummies.
What can you say, Richard Seale, is a true genius when it comes to his craft. Producing rum after rum wit no sugar, no additives, no caramel color or cold filtration.
Identical bottle design, label and a metal screw cap without the wax found on the Port version, the 2004 ups its antie by producing this rum at 59% ABV and they age it in Bourbon Barrels.
Taste of banana, brown sugar, vanilla and some oakiness. Their is some heat from the high alcohol content. This isn’t a bad heat though. You would associate a high alcohol ABV with breathing fire. It’s is rather smooth and if you add a drop or two of water, the alcohol ABV DROPS ABOUT 3% but it does change the flavor/ esters to bring out over ripe fruit to help tone down the heat.
This is a complex rum, a sipping rum, a collectible rum, an expensive rum that should be added to ones bucket list of rums for their collection, as they will not be around long. Honest rum with unadulterated process of not adding crap to mask deformities .
Drink neat, or with a splash of water, because at $80, why add sugary, fruity stuff to an amazing rum only to reduce the fine rum down to make a cheap rum drink
This rum lives up to the hype with flavors of chocolate, coffee, peppermint, barrel spices, pepper, and a little dried fruit, caramel, and vanilla. Got it for $93 including shipping and taxes.
This was my first Foursquare experience and it did not disappoint! The nose explodes with chocolate dates fibs and berries! Not overly sweet and what I have come to love even more is nothing added!! They are doing it right down in Barbados and have converted me back to rum from Whiskey! Cheers to you Mr. Seale and Co.
When first opened I got an aroma that was reminiscent of varnish but as it has been open a while that has dissipated and given way to some dark fruit and significant heat on the finish.
59% ABV will put hair on your chest, make no mistake. This rum is astringent and slightly medicinal on the nose, but it also has some sweet, dried fruit. The taste is perhaps more dried fruit and spices, but it's really hard to tell because of the intensity. And that may be the main shortcoming of this rum. It's just too concentrated. There is no subtle nuance here whatsoever, just brute force--and alcohol burn. I'm glad I tried it, and I may try other Full Proof rums from Foursquare in the future, but I won't be buying this particular one again. I don't dislike it; I just don't love it the way I love other Foursquare rums.
Good rum!! You have to put ice in the rum to get the alcohol burn of. After that it is a really good sipping rum. Be carefull this one goes to your head after a glass or 2!
This rum has amazing caramel/vanilla palate with a strong kick to finish the overall round taste. It is your celebratory rum. Not an everyday rum in my book but defenitly one to enjoy with your rum conoseur friends.
Found a bottle in Brooklyn while visiting my son. Thought I'd spend the big bucks and see what the big whoop was all about. Disclaimer, I'm a smooth slightly sweet rum lover. This ain't that.
The nose is simply bizarre. I'm a wine lover, and it reminds me of a German Auslese. Sweet, spicy and complex. I've never smelled a rum like it before.
Taste is spicy, leather (I get that description now), tannic and slightly alcoholic, a touch of sweetness and a
loooong spicy finish.
I have to say that at first I didn't love this, but I'm really warming up to it. It's somewhat like a big peaty single malt scotch, in that I'm enjoying the complexity more than actually rum its self. Science vs. pleasure.
At any rate, I'd give it an 8.5 if I could...it's a REALLY well made rum.
Definitely one of my favourite with much complexity. It reaches a point where I'm not able to fully describe it's amazing flavour.
Aroma of salted caramel pop corn. After breathing for a minute to two, it tends to be more to be more oaky and fruity with notes of tropical fruits; coconut husk, coconut flesh, banana.
Complexity of creamy dark chocolate with dried coconut, fruitiness and sourness of fresh cherry wrapped with spiciness of cinnamon once sipped.
Finishing was the bomb. Fresh cut sawdust and cedar wood with cherries. Warm gingery after feel which goes very well with the oakiness.
This overproof rum is too strident for my taste. I prefer smoothness. It is better with an ice cube but still not great.
Also, screw cap instead of cork takes away from the experience.
only a tiny little sip is needed to fill nose, mouth and sinuses with joy! 59% yet totally balanced, currently my personal no1
Mycket ek, vanilj och karamell. Superlång eftersmaken, russin
This comes highly recommended by a lot of enthusiasts, so I was looking forward to trying it. I didn't notice the ABV on the label, however, and find the burn of the over-proof strength (59% ABV) was a bit much for me.
Poured neat, it has a nice aroma of apples and honey with a hint of licorice. On the first sip, the strength hits your tongue with a lot of flavor, but a bit of burn. It leaves behind the flavors of the bourbon and oak, with that hint of licorice. It's better on ice, where you can pick up a bit more oak and honey.
If you like over-proofs, this is a good one, but if you tend to like sweeter or smoother rums, you may want to wait before jumping in.
Foarte bun dar foarte tare. intr-adevar aromat cu un aftertaste puternic. Fin dar spirtos.
I really wanted this to be a 9 or a 10, but it just has too much alcohol burn for me. It had a strong smell, but I was hoping it did not translate into the mouth. It was not as much, but still noticeable. I'll have to say that all of my Doorly experiences have been much better and I still think Seale and Foursquare are some of the tops in the business.
I bought this at the same time as El Dorado 15 year, which was far superior.
One of the very best rums I've had. Totally balanced, with tons of dried fruit and nice hints of bourbon. Smooth, mellow and complex
This rum has a heavy bourbon flavor. Very strong at 59%abv, but good.Bottled at cask strength and bursting with flavors and aromas of sun-dried fruit, spice, wood, cocoa...and more. so delicious but is too strong
Sampled over 2" clear ice cube in rock glass.
118 proof, yellow gold color
Nose - light.
Palate linger - medium. Continues to dwell on tongue
Bite - none. Very smooth
Much like a sweet high end bourbon. Needs 5 minutes in glass to mellow and develop.
Educational to know what a true unadulterated 11 YO rum looks and tastes like.
Mark 3 of the exceptional cask series from Foursquare: blend of pot and column stills aged 11years in Bourbon casks, bottled unsweetened at 59% (!)
Standard Doorly's bottle with screw cap.
Nose: subtle dried bananas and raisins but nose-tickling alcohol
Mouth: oh my - initial bouquet of dried fruit blends into restrained smoky/woody notes as the alcohol puts a sunrise in your mouth
Burn: slow, intense, sustained. It's BIG but not sharp with a spiritey finish.
In summary: one for when the mood is right. I prefer the port and Zinfandel finishes, which are more accessible but this has serious class.
On est sur du très très lourd, c'est fort, excessif, puissant, intense (en même temps les 59° sont marqués sur l'étiquette). Des petits piments qui chatouillent d'entrée, une profondeur dans le gosier pour terminer. Des lèvres à tremper dedans, assurément !
Ça mérite bien un 9,5 !
I found a bottle in California and wish I bought more. I am a huge fan of almost all Foursquare rum and this one of my favorites.
I had some in a snifter, which made getting an aroma tricky since it is at 59% ABV. The bourbon smell comes through, and a bit of a smell like almonds.
As to be expected, it's hot on the palette, and has a sweetness that fades, then returns at the finish, that settles into a slightly astringent flavor. A woody flavor and a bit of cherry follow the sweetness.
This is a great rum for spirit-forward cocktails, but with the high abv, I'd definitely consider something like a tonic or seltzer to ease the burn. A great rum for the price.