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Recommendable to most
So, Total Wine & More opened a new store only 6 miles from my home! To celebrate this, R.L. Seals’ 10 Year was offered at a discount plus coupons that brought the cost down to less than $16! Now I had not had a taste of this rum so I ran home to try it out.
The unique bottle feels inviting in the hand and eye. It is apparently a design that is taken from the old leather sailor’s flask, not the result of a fire at the distillery, as I was told by a overeager stock boy. Foursquare Distillery will no doubt be relieved to know this.
Wonderful golden honey color in the glass, no hint of over sugared legs. But the first sip suggested a little time to air was a wise move. Not as harsh as you might think at 86 proof. I note some sweetness as well as caramel, vanilla, and oak to follow.
I have found a new go to rum and now I must hurry back to get more as the sale allows only one per day and I have not been back today yet!
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.
Enjoy your over-priced, over-aged, "premium" (added) sugar bomb rums people. Marvel at the beauty of that caramel coloring while your at it! This Richard Seale disciple and Foursquare fan says, "no thanks". This HONEST distiller -- accurate age statements, no additives, does not ruin his rum by over-aging it so he can over-charge the misinformed for it (rum is not scotch) is your "desert island distiller". This rum is simply perfection -- the gold standard, and priced at what rum SHOULD cost. Rum, neat, is my poison of choice. I've tried many -- not all, and have yet to find one that matches this at any price. Foursquare and its rum, especially its premium bottle (this one), has earned a permanent place on my shelf. When the bottle is empty, I drive to get another "fill-up", with the urgency of one whose gas tank is on "E". Life's too short for over-aged, caramel colored, over-priced, sugar added, flavors added crap that too often passes for rum these days. No need to look further -- this is, literally, the real deal. Mr Seale, I'm much obliged. Thank you, sir. Bless you.
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.
At the time I am reviewing this, the majority of raters give an 8. I go back and forth on this from a 7 to an 8, but as I'm sitting here tonight with a drink of it in my hand, it feels like an 8. Funky bottle add a little diversity to the bar.
I think the first thing that surprised me was how short the bottle was. The pictures really make it look taller.
The nose has a tiny, tiny bit of astringency, but I didn't find anything off-putting in the taste. I'm actually at a loss to describe any specific flavors other than 'rum'. There's certainly nothing unpleasant or overbearing. I found it to be slightly fuller, in both taste and finish, than English Harbour 5. Not much of an aftertaste, though.
However, I'm most surprised that it's sweeter than what I expected, considering it doesn't have any added sugar or other flavourings. It goes to show what a quality product can taste like when you put a little time and effort into it.
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.
"RL Seale 10-Year review by the Rum Diaries Blog"
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