Foursquare "Mark XVII" Exceptional Cask Series 2009 12-Year Single Blended Rum
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Exceptional Cask Selections represent the unique, and rare offerings of Foursquare Rum Distillery that Richard has hand selected, his personal aging experiments only released when he feels they are of exceptional quality. These are one of a kind expressions, available for a limited time, and showcasing truly unique approaches to both Rum blending and maturation.
All of the Exceptional Cask Selections have been matured in Barbados in a tropical climate - accelerating multiple aspects of the maturation process, in many cases aging 2-3x faster than if in Europe or a more temperate climate.
A single blended rum consisting of both Artisanal Pot and Traditional Twin Column Coffey distilled molasses rums. Matured for a minimum of 12 years in first, second and third fill Ex-Bourbon Barrels. All aging, blending and bottling occurring entirely on-site, at Foursquare Rum Distillery in Barbados. Bottled at 60% ABV - 120 Proof.
Initial Impressions: 2009 is bright and fruit forward, while still showing great depth and complexity from aging entirely under a tropical climate. It showcases significant red fruits - both dried and fresh - brown butter, baking spices, and nuttiness indicative of long aging. The mouth feel is complex and lingering - with nice oak tannins throughout.
Aroma: Cranberries, Red cherries, and black currants - evolving into mango, ceylon cinnamon, and allspice. Layers of cocoa, vanilla pods, toasted coconut and caramel candies with a hint of green chili pepper.
Palate: Bright, fresh with a subtle baking spice finish - cinnamon, clove and allspice. Notes of citrus zest, ripe and overripe fruits, nice lingering sweetness reminiscent of fresh caramel candies and finishes clean and dry with a hint of vanilla.
95 Points - Intl Wine & Spirits Competition 2021
"A generous, raisined nose gives way to an abundance of dried fruits, prune, leather, wood polish, kola nut and sweet spice characteristics. Beautifully made and incredibly complex, this is a rum of pure decadence that demands to be savored slowly.