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Now this is some good stuff
Beautiful aroma of fruits and cognac influences. 56 % but still easily sippable. Lovely golden colour upon pouring , no caramel colouring here !! I could go on but lets just say this is pure proper rum with nothing added and tastes fantastic.. and it even comes with a cork and not a screwcap ! The wonders will never cease.
Foursquare Dominus spent 3 years in Ex-Bourbon Barrels and 7 years in Cognac Casks.
Typical foursquare nose with dry fruits, wood and oranges, also cinnamon, grape seeds and nutmeg.
Woody profile overall, the flavors are dark and sweet with burned sugar. Not very complex nose but intensive.
This rum is like a sharp version of Doorly's 14 in the taste. The taste is sweet, spicy and dry.
It starts with caramel and became immediately spicy. Then wood, orange peels and tannins.
The middle taste is balanced with wood, orage, grape seeds, hazelnut and burned sugar. A little bit too much tannins in my opinion, it's almost too sweet and too spicy. Didn't think I would say it.
The finish is again spicy, wood, cinnamon, orange peels are on my palet.
It's a strong Foursquare with typical flavors. A little bit out of balance but therefore intensive and sweet. Would rate it with 84 points.
Nose: dry fruits, wood, dry orange peels, grape seeds, cinnamon, burned sugar, nutmeg
Taste: caramel, spice, wood, orange peels, tannins
Middle: orange, wood, grape seeds, hazelnut, burned sugar
Finish: spice, wood, cinnamon, orange peels, oranges
Aftertaste: burned sugar, some tannins, orange peels
Value (99€): 3/5
Experience level: professional
Enjoyed a bottle of Foursquare Dominus 10y Rum while in London. Pretty decent bottle and label design. Golden color. 3 year aging in ex bourbon barrels and further 7 year aging in ex cognac barrels. Very unique flavor profile with mild oak mixed nicely with much more prevalent cognac flavors. Very well done indeed.
When pouring this from far away, I thought I noticed a lingering cognac note. This Foursquare rum is bursting with deep, rich, sweet aroma. This review is a sample, and my first high ABV Foursquare.
On the nose there is a distant cognac, raisin, jam, strawberry, orange zest, deep sweetness and vanilla. The palate is nice and viscous (probably due to the 56% ABV), and tastes of dark brown sugar, pepper, and with a little water there are hints of cognac on the sides of the tongue. The finish is almond and roasted coffee, but the deep sweetness of the rum leaves the mouth salivating and not dry like some high ABV spirits.
Really great - I can't wait to try some more cask strength Foursquare!
Na Dominus som sa tešil,keďže sa uz ťažšie zohana a je to naozaj pohodové pitie. Je jemnejší ako jeho mladší bratia, nepríde mi až tak výrazný. Veľmi dobre pitie i keď v tejto sérii FQ mám aj obľúbenejšie
The strength of 56% is an asset as well as something that detracts. I find that high strength rums quite often mask the nose, and to me, the nose is half the enjoyment. However, on the palate, the elevated alcohol levels are superbly well integrated. Sure there is a burn. That is to be expected from something at 56%, but to me at least (!!) it isn't harsh and it leaves the most incredibly beautiful warmth.
EDIT - as of recent times, I've quite often found myself putting water with this one 4:1 (which takes ABV down to 45%). It might well be against the spirit of things, but I find that I drink rather a lot more of it. That might be bad for the body, but the fact that I drink more of it is to me a sign that maybe I prefer things a little less strong. And its bloody good at 45-46%.
Foursquare has done it again! Everything I have had from Mr. Seale I have thoroughly enjoyed! Not as sweet as the Port Cask or Zin Cask expressions but plenty of dark, red fruit flavors. If you see it get it, you won't be disappointed!
Ve vůni je cítit vanilka, kava a karamel. Barva tmavě jantarová. Chuť po melase, koreni, možná Švestka. Silnější voltaz je hrejive cítit.
It's another Foursquare Exceptional Cask Series.
Mk VII to be precise, and the first year that two editions were released (Premise, Mk VIII), which seems to be the new norm.
Single blended, like all the others, 3 years in Bourbon casks, 7 years in Cognac.
No added sugar, but possibly some caramel colouring.
The familiar bottle, but synthetic stopper.
In the glass: Dark Amber and legs like Kim Basinger (yes, more than half is pure alcohol!)
Nose: Toffee and a clear hint of Cognac, then the alcohol pushes in, in a restrained, but "don't mess with me" way
Mouth: There is A LOT of alcohol. Aromas are of toffee, chocolate, wood and a hint of tar. They last. And last.
Throat: The alcohol is full, but not sharp or nasty. A burst of cognac reappears as it all fades to a gentle glow.
Summary: In my opinion every ECS from Richard Seale is a masterpiece. This one does not compromise or aim to please, it is a smooth beast. Personally I struggle with anything over 50%, Détente and Sagacity being my limits.
For that reason only I have marked it "down" to 8, but it is a really great rum, asking for some dark chocolate or a Lebkuchen.
Get one while you still can.
"The mid palate is beautifully spicy with a lot of lemon zest and orange peel. The spicy notes from the cask are very full and very intense."
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