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Now this is some good stuff
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.
It seems that every single rum coming out of Foursquare can be rated as at least very good. Many of them are among the best that you can buy at any price. This is clearly one of those - it's among the best rums produced by RL Seale. Bottled at cask strength and bursting with flavors and aromas of sun-dried fruit, spice, wood, cocoa...and more...it's very strong but immensely enjoyable when sipped straight. So many rum reviews - on this site and others as well - will describe a rum as being good for whiskey-lovers or cognac-drinkers. Well, this one is a real treat for rum-lovers!
This rum has a heavy bourbon flavor. Very strong at 59%abv, but good. I prefer this over more expensive straight bourbons, as it includes a nice rum sweetness.
I'd rate it even higher if I were a bigger fan of bourbon aged rum. :-)
I almost held off writing this review since I'm still discovering so much more from this rum each and every day that I drink it. You really have to respect that so much is going on without the added sugar and additives that so many other rum producers are creating. Don't get me wrong, I love and drink sweet rums as much as the next guy but it's also very special to drink a rum that's only standing on the distiller's genius(Thank you, Richard Seale!) I'm now excited and can't wait to try the Port and Zinfandel bottles.
There is not much to say here. Bottled 59% full proof lets you choose how straight or thinned out you like it. Pot and Column blend plus 11 years bourbon barrel aging gives full depth of flavors and nose. Tropical fruits, black cherries and almonds, tobacco, chocolate, slight hints of funk.... it's all in there. No added sugar and flavors. Only the basic process of distilling and aging and then bottled at cask strength!! Priced right too. This is what rum is. Not some watered down flavored overly sweet easy and smooth piss.
True pure Bajan rum. If thats what you are looking for than you simply can not go wrong here.
Schönes Bernstein mit Gold Reflektionen im Glas.
In der Nase eine wunderbare Palette von Düften, frisch getoastetes Eichenholz mit Kakaopulver bestreut, weisse Früchte liegen in einem aus Gras und Moos geflochtenem Korb, alles frisch und leicht und sehr komplex.
Im Gaumen wird es noch komplexer, die 59% tragen die Aromen von mit dunkler Schokolade übergossenen Früchten, mit Marzipan gefüllte Kokosnüsse, geröstetes Karamell in Vanille Sauce , Kardamom und Pfeffer mit Holz zerstossen sehr sanft über die Zunge. Ein Traum !
Im Abgang nimmt man zum ersten Mal für kurze Zeit die Fassstärke wahr. Kakao und Pfeffer bleiben präsent, Früchte und Vanille runden das Ganze ab. 9+
Ein absolutes Muss für Liebhaber von Bajan Rum, auch für full proof Einsteiger sicherlich eine gute Wahl. Für Süss-Rum Geniesser nicht zu empfehlen, Barbados ist immer ohne Zucker.
Beautiful amber with gold reflections in the glass.
In the nose a wonderful palette of scents, freshly toasted oak wood sprinkled with cocoa powder, white fruits lie in a grass and moss braided basket, all fresh and light and very complex.
The palate is even more complex, the 59% bear the aromas of dark chocolate-infused fruits, marzipan-filled coconuts, toasted caramel in vanilla sauce, cardamom and pepper with wood crush very gently over the tongue. A dream !
In the finish you take the cask strength for the first time for a short time. Cocoa and pepper remain present, fruits and vanilla complete the whole. 9+
An absolute must for lovers of Bajan rum, even for full proof beginners certainly a good choice. For sweet-rum connoisseurs not recommended, Barbados is always without sugar.
Barbados is Called the birthplace of rum, and i am easily convinced that this is how rum is meant to be. Mr. Seale deserves the highest recognition and respect for releasing this masterpiece without adding colours, sugar and not even water. Pure cask strenght rum. And unlike many other "golddigger" editions this is not a limited, numbered edition only for the collector, but accessable for every true pirat out there at an extremely reasonable price.
My first rum that caught me, vanilla, brown sugar, banana, caramel, light oak and spice, sweet but not sugary or cloying. Abv is hidden. I know it is bourbon finished and I am coming from a whisky drinking background so I am “supposed” to like this, but..... holy damn does it ever scratch the itch well for a enjoyable pour that isn’t whisk(e)y
Price ~70 euro per bottle
Foursquare - it’s important name in today’s Rum history. When worlds rum market industry fallows demand and add different flavors and sugar to make “rum” much sweeter - Foursquare keep they own way and still making amazing Rum. RUM - pure and clean, without sugar and flavorings and put they product on very high level.
This Foursquare 2004 from Barbados is really outstanding. It’s 59%, but you can use it easily straight. And it is only right way how to sampling this Rum.
Heavy rums, cask strength, full proof rums is for people who love “massage». In your mouth. Spirits with less ABV just can’t give it to you.
Nose: put your nose in glass and close your eyes. Amazing! Simple and great. Pleasant sweetness. Very appetizing. Oak, leather, hazelnuts, hint of fruitiness.
Palate: long and lasting. Full body, it slowly opened in your mouth. Complex, well balanced. Woody, leather again, little dry, crispy baked tropical fruits.
Second sip. Larger sip.
Much more dryness. Spiciness. Oh... and here come my massage.
Aftertaste is very long. You can feel a long time this spicy dance. And when it’s over, and music stops you can feel weak tingling like after anesthesia.
I am fairly new to the rum community, I’m currently trying various Rum’s that I enjoy, not necessarily rated highly. This Rum has been one of the best so far. Great taste, easy through the mouth and enjoyable from start to finish.
A manly expression coming out of Barbados, if you sip this bad boy too deep into the night, he will kick your ass! I’m really loving the high quality rum coming out of the Foursquare distillery, clearly I’m not the only one. I like this but don’t love it, but would very much recommend it especially to bourbon lovers.
"Familiar notes of vanilla and dark chocolate The finish is long and satisfying – oaked and gently warming."
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