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Now this is some good stuff
Foursquare 2005 is a solid rum, which goes without saying. However, it’s plain. Not bad, but it lack identifying characteristics except for oak.
Strong nose, sharply oaky on the palate and a long burn in the finish. Unremarkable to me in the company of it’s kin, but head and shoulders above many syrupy offerings from other brands.
This is an excellent entry for a whiskey drinker as it will surely tick all their boxes with the bonus of the sweet molasses finish.
Hard to find these days but still available if you look.
Time for Birka’s rumcruise 2019 at the Baltic Sea. This was the top brand at Ian Burrell’s “Blindtest” Master class. It was one of the easier to get right cause it was the only one at that high alcohol strength (59%). It’s extremely complex and you can recognise different spices, chocolate, vanilla etc.
Picture: The brands included at the blindtest.
Superbe synthèse, entre le fruit mûr et le boisé. Un modèle d’equilibre et de perfection... si on cherche l’equilib et la perfection. Pour la folie et l’exubérance, il faudra pousser jusqu’à la Jamaïque, et aller chez Hampden
Another cask strength rum from the wonderful Foursquare Rum Distillery in Barbados. This 12 year old rum aged in ex-bourbon and bottled at full cask strength of 118 proof. A blend of two distillates, one from the pot stills and a lighter one from the column. This rum is the great balance between the depth and texture of the heavy rums and the freshness and vibrancy of the column. The Exceptional Cask Selections continue to be some of rarest and most sought-after rums in the world.
It's a strong one at 59% so I like it mixed with around 3 parts rum to 1 part water to make it more palatable. Another very good rum from FourSquare
One of three that Foursquare released in 2018 this is number six in the Exceptional Cask Series. Bottled at 59% this has been aged for a total of 12 years in ex-bourbon casks. It's natural follow-up of Foursquare's 2004 release which was exceptional.
Familiar Baja spicy notes that the Bourbon casks brings with hints of vanilla sweetness, maybe chocolate and tobacco. Long satisfying finish leaving your palate wanting more.
No doubt about this is a worthy winner of the ISC Supreme Champion Spirit 2018
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