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Barbados | Aged | 46.0% ABV | Pot and Column Still Distilled
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Vanilla, oak, sherry, and brown sugar on the nose. Very smooth drinking with some of the sherry coming though to pair off with the vanilla.
Foursquare Premise (46% ABV)
Sample night, on to my third sample of the night (thanks to Francois Lapointe), sorry, still day time…lol.
Foursquare produces many of my favourite rums. In spite of the lower ABV this rum is very good indeed. Natural sweetness and a good addition to any rum bar/collection. I do like this rum but have been spoiled with better offering from Mr. Seale. Nevertheless I am glad I had the occasion to sample this.
Has a sweetness over it, despite no added sugar. Round and powerful taste. Notes of dried fruits, coconut and pineapple
Sherry, vanilla, oaky, smooth, fruity, and spicy notes on the palate. Very Complex.
Delicious, rich, and complex. Oak tannins don't overpower the delicate flavors. Notes of butterscotch, vanilla, citrus shine with hints of chocolate.
As a sherried whisky fan i had to try this and i was not dissapointed. Fruity, not too much oak. If this was a constant release i would buy this again and again. In my top 5 rums ever for sure.
I loved everything about this bottle, starting with the nose that is both fruity and spicy. The first taste had a little more strength than I was expecting but it only added to the complexity of the rum. Taste of spice, fruit and wine all came shining through on subsequent tastes. This is easily one of Foursquare's best "sipping" rums. If I had anything negative to say is that it was a little more expensive than their previous "exceptional casks series" but I think that was more the liquor store's fault than the distillers. Trust me, if you can find a bottle buy it quickly!
The better Foursquare’s (2005, 2006, 2007+) really hit you hard in the wallet.
Supply & Demand comes into play. 2005 was the first ever rum to win The Supreme Champion at the International Spirits Challenge in London in ‘18. There were only so many bottles made. I know in 2019 my rum buddy in Barbados said you couldn’t buy a bottle there - all sold out.
Enter Premise. It’s good and it was between $50-60 US … far lower than many of its siblings.
And it is a great sipper. The sherry casking for cuts the natural and/bourbon oak flavor. It’s not as sweet as Diplomatico, but it is sweeter than other Foursquares (not counting their horrible spiced rum).
I definitely recommend this as an “every now and again treat.” You won’t be sorry.
Delicious stuff.. Very nice palate long after taste..
A ten year old Foursquare that has been matured for three years in ex-bourbon and seven years in ex-sherry casks. A blend of rums, distilled in the classic pot still and traditional double-column still.
Smell: At first it is a little thin in smell, it has a strong sherry touch. You can smell dried fruits, some rubber, light wood and vanilla. Unfortunately, diluting it to 46% took away some of the flavors. A bourbon barrel and diluted burnt sugar can be noticed on the nose.
I smell cherries, pomegranate. Not very complex due to the dilution unfortunately.
Taste: It starts with a light wood sweetness from the bourbon wood. This is followed by sherry aromas in the form of red dried fruits and some gum. The sharpness increases, light wood and vanilla reappear.
The rum becomes warm and dark barrel aromas with burnt sugar flood the mouth, it becomes dry.
It goes with sharpness in the finish, dark wooden barrel aromas, wood, burnt sugar and dried fruits with a little gum are there again.
Aftertaste: dried fruit, some bourbon flavors, diluted burnt sugar
A decent Foursquare, the dilution is noticeable, which is not very bad in this case.
Hardly any tannins can be tasted. It is not among the best bottlings.
Overall rating: 83 points
Sweetness: 1.5 / 5
Spice: 2.5 / 5
Value (50 €): 4/5
It is light and fruity with notes of fortified wine.
"Gently, well balanced spice and oak mingle along nicely with just enough of the sweet fruits and sherry notes."
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Good, but not the best from Foursquare 8 out of 10
After waiting anxiously for this to finally be delivered (sent to the wrong distribution center, lazy FEDEX driver, and delays) I was finally able to try this rum. I decided to taste it head-to-head with the Empery since they similar rums. While I enjoyed the Premise, it was much more subdued than the Empery. I had a hard time discerning the scents and flavors in Premise, whereas Empery was pretty bold. That being said, I enjoyed Premise and can see this being enjoyable on the back deck on a warm day.
The nose was very light and floral with a smooth and mild attack on the first sip. I think I was tasting hints of wine, spice, and apricot with a nice tingling heat, tobacco and oak on the finish.
Not the best I've had from Foursquare, but that's kind of like pointing out the lower end Ferraris. :)