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RL Seales 10 Year is a premium rum produced and bottled in Barbados by Foursquare Distillery. It is aged in oak barrels for a minimum of ten years prior to blending.
This is the bottle that first got me in to rum.
I'd seen in Barbados and was put off buying it due to the gimmicky bottle which I assumed was designed to sell a sub-standard drink. I opted to buy a bottle of Mount Gay XO instead, then later I visited the Foursquare distillery and tried the rums and it blew me away. Incredibly smooth - my favourite rum so far. Once home and tried it against the XO which itself is a very good rum, but can't compare with this. Sadly a bit of a rarity in Europe though the bottle occasionally can be seen standing out in good cocktail bars.
En soit je lui mettrai normalement un 7 pour le rhum en lui même, je monte à 8 pour saluer la transparence liée à cette fabrication sans additifs, ce côté brut et le prix tout à fait convenable et cohérent. Pas un rhum d'exception mais très bon sec, arômes riches, un bon rhum à déguster facilement.
So I recently tried this rum and... you know what? It was good. It was really good. I believe this would taste like heaven in some coke. Or perhaps a rum daiquiri. Or something else. It is, IMO, the best mixer I've tried so far.
But I would not sip this rum straight. It has way too much burn, and as such is simply not smooth. There's an almost acetone(?) quality to it, which I expect from most mixing rums, but not from a sipping rum.
So mix it. Use it in your cocktails. But don't sip it straight.
This unique bottle made me pull it off the shelf and the price of $22 was great motivator. Sealed with a imitation cork stopper. The body is light but flavorful. This sips great and is a wonderful rum for those that are just getting into aged rums.
This is an aged rum that is excellent with Cola, but not complex enough to drink on the rocks or straight up. Sweet and woodsy. The bottle is awesome.
Really nice, sweet rum. I could drink this all night
This is either an excellent mixing rum or just a fair sipping rum. Almost too good for mixing. Unfortunately, it's just not great as a sipping rum. It has a good caramel nose. Sweet vanilla at first. Then spicy a bit nutty but quickly turns harsh. Just not smooth enough to be a good sipping rum.
R.L. Seales 10 Y.O. is een gouden Rum die 10 jaar in kleine eikenhouten
vaten heeft gerijpt. Complexe aromas met hints van noten en intensief en rond in smaak met noten van zoete vanille. In de afdronk lang met tonen van gebrande amandelen.
De fles heeft dezelfde vorm als de vroegere flessen waar de zeelieden hun
rum in bewaarden.
At the Mabel bar in Paris :
Fist thing you notice is the cool design of the bottle itself !
Nice looking in the glass smells good and most important thing : very nice sensation in the mouth !
Dry rum spice and vanilla maybe anis and cedar notes !
Great one !
This rum was recommended by a rum connoisseur I met. Interesting and enjoyable. The opaque bottle plays a mean trick on you because before you can realize you're running low, it's gone.
I find it sweet with a good alcohol flavor. Nice sipping rum for sure
I guess when comparing the main stream rums, the biggest competitor is the Mount Gay XO. But the biggest difference to me with this, is that it has better and softer wood than the XO. The 43% alcohol is also better integrated and less spirity. Good.
Very smooth rum good aroma vanilla, smooth finish. No after burn.
Outside of Mount Gay Extra Old this is what Bajan run should taste like. Slightly dry comparatively but that's what makes it a great choice as well.
Fresh nose, incredibly smooth to start with but then develops a real strong punch that lingers on your tongue. Plenty of oak, a bit of toffee sweetness but overall on the dry side. Really good.
Richard Seale is an advocate of purity in rum - no additives, all the flavors come from aging in barrels. Those with a sweet tooth will prefer rums like Diplomatico or Zacapa, but this is what rum should taste like.
Love the bottle and the rum. Very Nice Smooth rum, great daily drinker
IMO, the third-best from Barbados, behind Doorly's and Mt. Gay XO
A great rum, almost a must have, definitely a must try. The price tag is a bit much though. Not sure of the marketing dept thinking on that one. It would probably be a 9 if it didn't leave your wallet so light.
Very smooth, comes close to the Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva.
Love it, although hard to find, even online. Really like the bottle design haha!
This is a fantastic Barbados rum, simply put, the value for a delicious rum is why I give it a 9. I can’t really pin down why, but my mouth loves it, the nose is molasses, caramel, baking spices, smells rich and dark. Monsieur Seal can do no wrong in my book, so that also plays into why this tastes so good, will never be without a bottle of this around!
Une bouteille qui intrigue, et ensuite, la bonne surprise : un équilibre vraiment bien travaillé. Sans être très complexe, le R.L.Seale est un regal. Notes boisées, caramel (Sans le côté sucré), avec un retour long, limite réglisse. Du très bon rhum. Sans acun ajout. Loin des sirops en tête des ventes de rhum.
Is the design of the botte the only positive point of it? Definitely not. Even if it is not very complex, it is the good balance between dry and sweet. Wood and caramel flavour (without the sugar taste) and a long aftertaste sometimes to licorice. A very good rhum. Without anything added in it. Far from the most sold syrups rhums.
Thank you Mr Seale! Sign me up for anything Foursquare.
Found this one to be just a tad sweeter than something like Doorly's 12. Definitely not an off-putting sweetness I've found in other 'premium rum', but more like a brown sugar, caramel that belongs and works well with other components of the profile. Still drinks pretty similar to a whiskey. Oak, vanilla, caramel, burnt brown sugar, pepper, spice. Another very well-balanced sipping rum from Foursquare.
RL Seale 10-Year review by the Rum Diaries Blog