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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.
So after reading the reviews and getting a better feel for the rum world I popped the cork on this fascinatingly designed bottle wondering what the hoopla around some of the reviews here was. This is an interesting rum...I think that is the best way to describe it. It is very clearly an RL Seale rum, and it has all the hallmarks of his no nonsense, no sugar added style. That said it has a very interesting and complex profile that is just different. The nose is delightful but perhaps a bit muddled together because it first comes across as like an aromatic game of Clue - as in you feel like you should know it but you can't quite place it. It took a couple different whiffs to make out Chocolate, Caramel, Bananas Foster, and Black Currant. Upon first sip those flavors immediately disappear and are replaced by strong notes of Oak, Sour Cherry, Caramel, and a faint smokiness. Once the liquid leaves your mouth, the profile changes yet again leaving a long lasting aftertaste of Bananas fading into Beet sour with a quite a bit of a kick - an odd combination to be sure but it is not unpleasant. Mainly this rum just strikes me as fascinating and neutrally complex. All of the flavors and experiences are fairly intense and some I like (the the faint smokiness fading into Bananas) and others I don't (the intense Sour Cherry and Beet sour notes). When it comes to this style and price I personally prefer Doorly's 12-year to this one but if I were holding a blind tasting I would definitely use this one just to throw everyone for loop. I think all rum ratings mostly come down to aroma, flavor, and aftertaste experiences and while this is for sure a high quality rum, and there is no doubt about that, this rum's precise flavor profile and the intensity of the more earthy notes is not really my cup of tea - or glass of rum as the case may be.
All of that said, this rum is so complex I am still trying to figure it out, so stay tuned because this review might change.
Hmm, nam, nam, nam. Ma 46 voltov, odporucam par kvapiek vody. Karamel, susene ovocie, hrozienka. 9+
Thia one is a tasty sipper. Is good warm or cold with no ice. Dont mix it and lose the Rum fun
The smell of this rum gives you the impression that it will taste like honey but i do not get this in the taste. It is a very smooth rum although i found it lacking lots of flavour. I got no burn at all from this.
View: Pours dark golden brown
Nose: Hints of oak
Initial Tasting: A bit of the oaknup front, but not much complexity
Body: Oak and spice with very faint caramel
Fade: Not much on the back end
Overall: It's a high quality rum for the price point. I was hoping for a little more complexity, but it was fairly straightforward in that regard. Definitely worth staight but mixes very well, too.
The gimmicky shape of the bottle put me right off trying this rum, but fortunately, I was given a bottle as a Christmas present. My assumption that it was not a serious rum was totally wrong. Strong taste of caramel and liquorice, but not too sweet. Fairly smooth for a 46% proof 10 year old, with just a little burn. It is as good as, if not better, than some of the 12 year olds I drink, but oddly, the 12 year olds currently appear to be cheaper in the UK. Prices fluctuate, so will stock up when, hopefully, the price drops.
Could be less sweet for me but this is in overall great rum you can enjoy as is and you will have hard time to stop drinking :)
A bit basic flavor profile, but very big on plums. A bit hot with 46% alcohol.
The light amber colour and sweet smell should not deter. Taste starts a bit harsh fresh out the unique bottle, but left over a cube or two for a minute starts to uncover a subtle, not overly sweet, taste of banana, spice, vanilla and caramel. Once settled it makes for very pleasant sipping. They have captured perfectly that un-altered Caribbean Rum taste that first lured me to the spirit.
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.
The bottle is dutiful and unique just like the rum inside of it.
Interesting bottle, outstanding fruit and sweet aroma. Taste is very well balanced, hints of caramel, but not sweet. Nice end with decent afterburn. No added sugar, it is a must for lovers of dry rums.
Drier rums, especially those from Barbados, tend to elegantly blend flavours instead of masking them (with sugar). This rum presents all the reasons why I like rum. There is no gimmick, no modification beyond the normal processing nor a sugary blanket pulled over the flavour profile.
Instead, it has a surprisingly mellow feel to it, with complex yet superbly balanced flavours.
It pours golden. I had it with one ice cube to open it up. The aromas are actually sweeter than the flavour, with peach, melon and vanilla dominating. However, as I mentioned before, it is the flavour and mouthfeel that are particularly good: very dry, apricot-like with an oaky background.
This RL Seale is extremely smooth in mouth, I just do not think the palate for a rum can get much better; mild to medium body I'd say, but not too thin, and an average duration caramel-dominated finish (still dry).
What a fantastic Bajan rum!
I'm glad I bought this one on a very special occasion to celebrate. This is the rum I was looking for. Export proof 46 abv, you expect it to burn you but that's not happening, instead it is very round and pleasant. You can smell flowers and almonds, and in your mouth you can taste the almond, the molasses, not sweet at all. You just crave for more, because now you can't drink anymore any sugar bombs. Really can't understand ratings under 7.
This is the Jedi among rums. Honest, stoic, stylish, clean and good to a fault. No overaging, no overcharging, no blending with lower quality rums. Refreshing nose, almost no burn, excellent flavor somewhat reminiscent of a good whiskey, just super mellow and smooth all round. As far as I know, they don't add sugar after distillation. I haven't tested this, but this rum is certainly not too sweet. Great on the rocks or straight.
It won't break the bank either, being one of the cheapest high quality aged rums which can be purchased for as little as $22.99 in Georgia. The only downside is that it can be hard to find in certain places.
That said, if you enjoy very sweet rums, say, Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva, then this rum might not be for you.
Everything they make- Doorleys, Real McCoy's, Old Brigand, Special Barbados, Four Square's, are fine, UNADULTEATED, sipping rums.
Most experienced rum drinkers agree and respect Richard Seales.
You can feel Barbados' rum aroma, vanilla and a little coconut, and a nutty flavor.
Gentle sweetness and deep taste.
I think it is good rum.
The smell is great, I get coffee and caramel and could spend countless time sniffing it.
Then testing it is a little bit light, almost watery at first, but then comes a very pleasant oak taste.
Finally the end is long and awesome, make you want to take another sip again (and again)
This rum is a win in price and a win as it is a well rounded quality rum. Cheers!!!
Example of pure rum by master blender Richard Seale
There are some oranges, burnt nut and a bit of glue in the nose.
Taste is full and complex. Alcohol strenght is well recognizable. Hints of wood, bit of smoke and vanilla.
This true rum is a must in a collection
I was looking for a New rum.
Rum ratings helps me to find one.
Many days after a hard find, I was disapointed by the cheapfull looking of the bottle and the plastic cork.
But what a divine surprise ! The smell and the taste are so good to me.
A sure buy.
RL Seale 10-Year review by the Rum Diaries Blog