Rum Review: R.L. Seale’s 10-Year Rum
R.L. Seale’s Finest 10 Year-Old Barbados Rum Review
R.L. Seale’s is made by Richard Seale at Foursquare Distillers on Barbados. Known for his sharp commentary and dry wit, Richard is a third generation distiller that cuts no corners and doesn’t suffer fools gladly. His namesake rum is similarly no nonsense; that is except for the bottle.
R.L. Seale’s comes in a jet black bottle with a slanted neck, a thumb rest, and a raised bronze seal. The odd shape (modeled after an antique leather flask) makes a big impression on the shelf, and is certainly a conversation starter. The black plastic cap tops a natural cork stopper. This true ten-year rum is bottled at 43% ABV and retails for $30.
In the glass, the rum is a deep copper bronze with brilliant flashes of gold. A swirl produces a razor sharp ring atop the glass, from which several droplets form and eventually begin to fall slowly. As I move in to evaluate the aroma, the vapors meet me well above the glass, announcing a host of tantalizing scents including banana, vanilla, almond and oak. The rancio notes are particularly striking. Subsequent passes yield more fruit including honeydew melon and cantaloupe.
As the rum washes over the palate, the spices kick in, delivering a dose of black pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon. While being very dry, the rum still manages to present a hint of sweetness that combines nicely with the vanilla and fruit flavors which now appear in the form of ripe stone fruit backed by citrus zest. As I continue to sip, the nutty characteristics prove their staying power by lingering alongside the oaky tannins in the very long finish.
So there you have it, R.L. Seale’s 10-Year Finest Barbados Rum. Nearly bone dry, possesses a complex set of organoleptic qualities, and is known to contain zero additives. A real rum lover’s rum? Yes, but also a fine example to share with the whisk(e)y aficionado in your life.
On to the scores:
- Appearance: 1/1
- Nose: 1.75/2
- Mouth feel: 1/1
- Taste: 3.5/4
- Aftertaste: 1.75/2
- Total Score: 9/10
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