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Truly a fantastic choice
I'm an admitted Foursquare aficionado and more than that a fan of their fortified wine casks releases which have all been spectacular. To say I was looking forward to this one is an understatement.
Sweet cherries, oak, red wine, blackberries, plums(all the dark fruits!).
Smokey wood, lemon...WOW! Spectacular! At 61% you would think that it would be hot but is very drinkable. Made for me.
I bought this bottle as a little gift to myself for my birthday and this may be one of the best presents I ever had. This is what I always dreamed a rum should be. For a 122 proof there is almost no alcohol smell out of the bottle or in the glass. But it sure has some warmth and burn doing down the throat, but in a great way. Love the flavors and spices, especially the way it coats my tongue, and it has nice subtle sweetness. This is something special! I can't recommend this enough!
At first this was a 9 and now (after some air has been allowed into the bottle) I would rate as a 10. For the price these Foursquare ECS are hard to beat. When you consider that Doorlys 14 is a superb rum that costs £65 but for not much more these limited ECS releases provide stunning value for money. Of course finding one in the UK and EU is almost impossible because they sell out with minutes of release. I can’t wait for the next releases…
Recently I had chance for tasting evening with Foursquare rums. It would be difficult describe each of them here, also there are many reviews on web. So I leave just brief personal remarks. Sorted by my personal opinion from the best. IMHO the winner is Redoutable. Most balanced in all aspects. Second on my rating is Empery (sharper smell, lot sherry, wood and caramel) together with Shibboleth maybe the most raw (just another kind) so like the other two more. Right after those I like 2008 which seems to me better significantly then other years I have already tried (2007 or 2005). The one I miss and I'm looking fwd is Nobiliary and Dominus so I hope next time.
The smell is definitely Madeira, typical, nothing less, nothing more. The taste is magnificent, it is like put sweets on your tongue and immediately change it to the lava. It so soft, but it is very strong. You can taste vanilla, madeira and oak, maybe a little coconut. Aftertaste is perfect - dry and woody. This rum is very strong ...... and ..... perfect. Madeira is there, age confirmed. Wow. I want more!
Please be kind as my nose and palate are not the best. Just cracked this open and tried it. That 61% abv makes a big difference! Yowza! At first, neither my wife nor I could smell much past the alcohol. I gave it a bit and seemed to get notes of grapes, vanilla, and cinnamon, all very mild though. The initial tastes on the palate were; some spices, a slight sweetness, hints of the Madeira, a very slight oakiness. It had a slight burn that lingered on the tongue and was dry.
I added a few drops of water and noted some nice changes. The nose was a bit sweeter, reminding me of a pastry at first. After a bit, it seemed to find a bit of buttercream frosting. That struck me as odd! It became more buttery on the palate with hints of toffee and a wonderful sweet heat.
Glad I bought two bottles.
After tasting this again, without worrying about teasing out the individual scents, flavors and notes, I found this even more amazing. Poured a bit, let it rest, and then just enjoyed it as I sipped. Not worrying about the minutiae meant I just enjoyed it. I've updated my rating to a 10.
My expectations of this Foursquare product is high given that Rumratings has it rated higher than FS2008. Let’s see…
The nose is so nice, a sweetness achieved from expert distillation rather than added sugar, that’s for sure. Ohhhh, soooo goooood. Like my mouth is having an orgasm right now (lol) the flavours are unbelievable with long finish. Just like that Redoutable has dethroned FS2008 in my books as the best rum I have ever tasted.
Defnitely need to acquire a few more of those.
ECS never disappoints, Richard seal you absolute genius. The pappy of rum, a worthy title. If you see this pay the money because rum doesn't get better, my mind is blown
I recently tasted three recommended rums at Lei Low in Houston.
Foursquare Redoutable was the best and so worthy of sipping alone.
The nose is well balanced with a slight of vanilla present
The full cask strength is only slight noticeable with a wonderful taste that has to come from the ex-Madeira casks that it was aged in.
Each sip just brought on more flavors to the tongue.
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