Rum Review: Foursquare 2004
Foursquare Rum Distillery 2004 Single Blended Rum (Exceptional Cask Selection, Mark III) Review
Beginning with the Port Cask Finish , Foursquare Rum has launched one of the more well-received series of rums in recent memory with their “Exceptional Cask Selections”. The second is the Zinfandel Cask Finish, but sadly that has not made it to California shelves as of this writing. The 2004 vintage is actually the third in the series, but it was received out of order.
In this case, the asynchronous nature of things is easily overlooked, as the highly anticipated 2004 represents the first cask-strength release under the Foursquare label. Previous to now, if one wanted to procure a cask-strength Foursquare rum, one would be purchasing a relatively pricey bottle from an independent European bottler.
Coming straight from the distillery, however, this bottle comes in at a very reasonable price of between $60 and $80 depending on the local mark-up. Considering the bottle contains almost 50% more alcohol than a typical 40% spirit, the cost is quite reasonable. Aged eleven years in ex-Bourbon casks and bottled at 59%, this is a blend of pot and column distilled, molasses-based rum. The only thing we don’t know about this rum is how many bottles were produced.
Let’s pour a dram and see what we’ve got here…
In the glass, the color is a beautiful golden mahogany. Moving in for a nosing, the aromas burst forth on a wave of ethanol and combine to create a vision of a bustling bakery including vanilla, candied pecans, fresh pear and green apple. There is a stronger charred oak note than say the Doorly’s 12, but the nose is still remarkably gentile for a full-proof rum.
Provided you are in the habit of drinking high proof spirits, the 2004’s entry is not overpowering. Of course at 59%, there is a bit of an ethanol burn, but the charred oak and fresh fruit noted earlier quickly step up to provide structure upon entry. Once attuned to the spirit, sweeter, rounder notes emerge including the vanilla and candied pecans noted earlier. Beyond the bakery imagery, the seriousness of this rum reappears on the finish, where black and red pepper spring forth to meet saddle leather and dark tobacco leaves as the cheeks tingle with delight. Another example of what real rum can be when crafted carefully and honestly with no additives of any kind. Beautiful.
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