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The internet loves Foursquare rums. Based on many recommendations, I've so far tried Doorly's 12 and R L Seales and now the 14. I have to say, I just don't get the hype. They are fine rums, but fairly expensive in my country. This 14 is dry and hot, with some oak and just the slightest hint of complex flavour I can't quite put my finger on. It is a nice rum, but I feel it is too hot and not distinctive enough to compete with say Appleton's, El Dorado or Pussers 15 which are a good bit cheaper than this. Maybe a good deal in the US, but not where I'm from.
the best i ve tried so far, in a rum the aroma/taste i appreciate the most is fruitiness and this one have it at maximum, more than mount gay (their rums where my preferred, no more), nose some alcohol burn (of course, it s warming at 48% ABV) but after this some vanilla and tons of tropical fruits, in the mouth tropical fruits are so present, yes, some wood and spices attenuate the (natural) sweetness and give some complexity, but fruits are so predominant ...
if we look the price is also good for this stuff, it costed like a dictador 20 (that is ok but not at that level if we look taste and ABV) or half than a millionario XO (sugar bomb very over rated)
this one at the end of the touristic season (end october/start november) i ll buy a bottle for each of my waiters to celebrate another good season !
when i hear people speaking of bajan rums being the best, i confirm that they really are the cream of the cream of rum (and this one is a true bajan with a pedigree), people who like sweetened rum please don t drink this just to rate it bad !
PS checked again and the price was so good because i ve got a discount, exactly 25% (the VAT tax in Croatia), but it s still ok for that level of quality ....
Nose: Canned pineapples marinated in cream liqueur, creme brulee, shaved coconut, and more cream liqueur. It gives a tropical impression, especially with the multitude of fruits: melons, pears, bananas, and green mango skins.
Palate: The fresh Bourbon influence emerges more in the mouth, accented by cinnamon, dried figs, and caramelized apples. Red berry jam. Near the middle of the development, there are suggestions of tobacco leaf and earthiness.
Finish: Fairly long, starting with berries and oak before transitioning into bitter dark chocolate.
Aside from the great smell this rum has, the moment the first drop touches your tongue is when the real journey starts. A lot of pleasant flavours pass your tastebuds and allthough the relatively high alcohol percentage doesn’t go unnoticed, it is one smooth sipper. Comes as close to the Foursquares as you can go.
Great nose, mouthfeel, taste and finish. I like everything about this rum. The 48% ABV are exactly right and give it the necessary intensity. You are definitely going to pick up a lot of Bourbon notes on the nose and palate which I do enjoy a lot.
Ik ben zeer tevreden met deze rum. De houtsmaak komt duidelijk door , de afdronk is lang, pittig en smaakvol. Heeft dan ook 48% alcohol. Fantastische sipping rum.
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