2004 Foursquare Distillery 11 Year Old "Full Proof" Single Blended Barbados Rum (750ml)
This spectacular single-blended rum is an example of everything that the rum industry should be doing but isn't. Foursquare is among the world's finest rum distilleries and home to one of the industry's great rum purists, Richard Seale--great great grandson of the founder Reginald Leon Seale. Richard is an important voice in rum today and, as master blender for R.L. Seale, he seems poised to be the savior that the rum category so desperately needs. He knows that rum will never attain its full potential while most of the producers rely on sugar and caramel to correct faults or mask flavor. Needless to say, this isn't the sweet syrupy stuff that so many people think of when they think RUM! "Single blended" refers to the mixture of pot and column still from one single distillery. These were aged exclusively in ex-bourbon for 11 long years at Seale's St. Philip facility. It is then bottled with no additions whatsoever, not even a drop of water. The perfect balance between sweet and savory, this is the sort of rum that speaks to those who really care about what they consume. Despite the lack of sugar added, the nose is full of dense sweet aromas: baked sugar and fresh crushed cane. Then we move toward the grassier, woodsy notes before transitioning toward a slight tropical note. Expect a lingering earthy finish that ties those sweet and savory notes together perfectly.