Review: Foursquare Premise

Price: $50 for 750

Distilled/Owned by: Foursqaure

Region: Barbados

46% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 10 Years

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon and Ex-sherry

Chill Filtered: No

Additives used: None

Color: Chestnut

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Caramel, almond, molasses, milk chocolate, nutty sherry, vanilla, coconut, mango, and banana

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: Sherry, molasses, coconut, oranges, stone fruit, caramel latte, melon, brown sugar

Finish: Light warmth, shortish length, lots of brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, and baking spices

Thoughts: The sherry influence is there, but not overpowering. Pretty light and sweet. Finish is a bit weak but overall another good rum from Foursquare.

Score: 80 out of 100

Review: XXX One 2005 Foursquare

Price: $68 for 700ml

Distilled/Owned by: Foursquare / r/rum bottling

Region: Barbados

63% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 12 Years

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon

Chill Filtered: No

Additives used: No

Color: Chestnut

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Pepper, cinnamon, oak, vanilla, rye, coconut shavings, molasses, clove, and leather

Mouthfeel: Full, spicy, dry

Palate/Taste: Vanilla, orange, oak, pepper, leather, tobacco, coconut, peach, mango, maple

Finish: Long and warm, vanilla, flan, cinnamon, chocolate, pineapple, oak, pepper, and more rye spices

Thoughts: It’s very similar to a high rye bourbon, but with more tropical fruit and coconut notes. This is high octane boozy rum, and I love it.

Score: 87 out of 100

Foursquare Dominus

Foursquare Dominus

Price: $75 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Foursquare

Region: Barbados

56% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 10 Years

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon and ex-cognac

Chill Filtered: No

Additives used: No


Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Heavy ginger, dried fruits, floral cognac, tangy molasses, oak, and cloves

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and oily

Palate/Taste: Rich tropical fruits, molasses, cognac, caramel, marzipan, white raisins

Finish: Warm, medium length, citrusy, coffee, oak, bourbon cream, Riesling, demenera sugar

Thoughts: Unlike the Foursquare Citerion which didn’t show much of the wine cask influence I can clearly tell the cognac influence on this. I don’t think it was better than last year’s zinfandel cask though, especially for the rarity and price.

Score: 83 out of 100

Foursquare Criterion

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Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Foursquare

Region: Barbados

56% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 10 Years

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon and Ex-Madeira

Chill Filtered: No

Additives used: No

 


 

Color: Deep Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Oak, chilies, cinnamon, tobacco, ginger, molasses, salt

Mouthfeel: Medium, dry

Palate/Taste: Cigar tobacco, oak, clove, pepper, leather, coconut, pineapple citrus

Finish: Warm, and long lasting, oak, citrus, tropical fruit, pepper, brown sugar

Thoughts: This had a lot more spice than I was expecting, but I don’t think the Madeira casks make this much better than the regular 2004 cask strength bottling. Still this is a good rum.

Score: 85 out of 100

 

Foursquare 9 Port Cask Finish

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Paid: $40 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Foursquare

Region: Barbados

40% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 9 Years

Cask Type: 3 Years in ex-bourbon, 6 in ex-port casks

Chill Filtered: Unlikely as it is very cloudy

Additives used: None

 


 

Color: Cloudy dark tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Tropical fruit, molasses, port, grapes, brown sugar, oranges, coconut

Mouthfeel: Oily, light bodied

Palate/Taste: Oak, molasses, vanilla, port, coconuts, marzipan, and mango

Finish: Little warmth, oak, cinnamon, cocoa, grapes, coconut, medium length.

Thoughts: I would have liked a bit higher proof to improve the mouthfeel, but the flavors are excellent.

Score: 85 out of 100

Foursquare 2004 Single Blended

Foursquare 2004

Paid: $65 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Foursquare

Region: Barbados

59% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 11 Years

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon

Still Types: Pot & column still

Chill Filtered: No

Additives used: No

 


 

Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Tropical fruit, vanilla, molasses, coconut, oak, has a clear fresh strong scent

Mouthfeel: Oily

Palate/Taste: Bourbon oak, vanilla, brown sugar, fresh mint, mango, and coconut with tropical overtones

Finish: Long and warm, sugary maple, chocolate, pepper, leather, dried fruits, and citrus

Thoughts: Being primarily a whisky drinker, this is the sort of thing I want out of my rum. It is still distinctly rum, but not weak 40% abv rum full of additives and filtered down.

Score: 90 out of 100