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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 rum comes in a nice fancy bottle, although I prefer to see the colour of the rum I'm buying. The rum actually has a nice golden colour, and a hint of caramel and smoke in it's smell. The minor caramel and smoke can be tasted as well, although it doesn't last long as the harsh burn kicks in. The way it warms you up, it's kinda more like a scotch than a rum (to me).
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.
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 and stop the otherwise high alcohol content (at 43%) from being overwhelming. 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.
RL Seale 10-Year review by the Rum Diaries Blog