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Posted about 3 years ago by Rob from Ireland with 92 ratings

Can't believe I'm the first to review this truly exceptional rum as it's been out for over a week now.
When poured in a small, narrow tasting glass this rum really stands out and shows it's complexity.
When poured in a tumbler and more air has contact with it, then it's more similar to the 2004 release.
Will need a couple of more sessions with this beauty to detect all the layers.

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Posted about 3 years ago by Neville Midwood from United Kingdom with 11 ratings

Some reviews suggested I should be able to detect Crunchie Bars changing into Portuguese Custard Tarts. Initially I assumed my palate needed educating to enjoy this as it was an early purchase in my Rum drinking life. After a month I still dont detect any characteristics that either a Crunchie or Custard Tart would suggest.
Just burning spicyness and little else. I enjoy other cask strength rum and bourbon, and on paper I should like this. So it's just me and Criterion dont get on.

Revisiting my bottle after a few more months and lots more rums and bourbons and - still dont get on.

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Posted almost 3 years ago by Alex from United Kingdom with 2 ratings

Foursquare Criterion 10 year old rum. A combination of pot and column still distillation, then matured in ex-bourbon and Madeira casks.
Well actually my understanding is that it spent 3 years in ex-bourbon before being re racked in Madeira casks for the remaining 7 years.
It's bottled at 56%, no added colouring and no chill filtration.
Bottled in April 2017 with only 2000 bottles.
What's not to like...

The nose is a wonderfully rich with notes of cigar leaf, freshly tanned leather, lots of dark stone fruit and sticky toffee pudding.

The palate continues on from the nose with stewed fruits, gently caramelised demerara, red apple skins more cigar leaf, cinnamon, all spice toffee apple and dark chocolate.
The finish is long with everything very slowly simmering on till it eventually fades with nougat, baked banana and apricot..

It's majestically constructed. The balance between casks with the vanillas, spices and tobacco from the ex-bourbon to the bold assertive but never dominating dark fruits of the Madeira casks work so well together that the interplay is seamless.
A real masterpiece, and a coup for TWE to be the sole distributor.

Id give this 92 out of 100

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Posted almost 3 years ago by Daniel from Germany with 1 rating

I hope i can buy some bottles more in a few months..

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Posted 24 days ago by Joola69 from United States with 2575 ratings

Spectacular rum tasting with Falcon91Wolvrn03 continued with a rare Foursquare Criterion. Decent bottle and label design. Bright golden color. Sweeter and woodier than Destino. Plenty of woodiness and a dry burn at the end. Criterion is aged only 10y in Bourbon and Madeira Casks.

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Posted 4 months ago by Alaska Joe from United States with 34 ratings

This is a masterpiece.After finishing a nice glass of Empery I decided to pour myself a bit of the Criterion before bed ...... good decision, wow,! Its smooth oaky majestic self just blew me away. Faint flavors of Carmel and smoky chocolate....So damned good! Not sweet but not dry. But, this isn’t Mamas Milk either, 56 % of mouth watering goodness! To bad it’s almost impossible to find, but if you do..... Grab it with two hands, take it home and consider yourself lucky!

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Posted 5 months ago by JeffBuck from United States with 80 ratings

If I would have rated this rum when i had it when it first came out, it would be a 10/10. I think though that it was very much ahead of it's time even in the ECS world and doesnt compare well to something like 2007. I would put Criterion just below 2005.

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Posted 6 months ago by Russ from United States with 70 ratings

I'm a huge fan of all of Foursquare's rum and this one is my favorite yet. It has an amazing nose with raisin, dried fruit, oak and a hint of the Madeira wink barrels. The first sip goes down remarkably easy even though it's at 56%. You definitely taste the natural sweetness but the more complex flavors soon shine through with spice and oak. I really love this and wish I bought more than one bottle.

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Posted about 1 year ago by Rumrunner95 from United States with 53 ratings

Flavorful with notes of chocolate, raisins, berries, spices, and toffee with a long soothing finish. Would love to see how this stacks up against the destino.

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Posted almost 2 years ago by Amalas from United States with 65 ratings

So smooth. Subtle notes of vanilla and caramel. No burn at all.