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Real McCoy 12 Year Old Single Blended Barbados Rum (750ml) SKU #1323811

Price: $44.99

WE 94
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K&L Notes

Foursquare distillery on the island of Barbados is quickly becoming a sensation in the aficionado world of rum drinkers and tiki specialists for its pure, unadulterated flavor and transparency as it pertains to age statements and additives. We should add that it tastes pretty darn good, too! While the higher proof editions have become collector's items with those crossing over from the bourbon scene, the standard 80 proof 12 year old is a soft, supple, and sippable expression that provides the majority of rum drinkers with exactly the experience they're in search of: a smooth, vanilla and molasses-laden, dynamic rum profile without the addition of sugar or artificial sweeteners. Aged entirely in American oak ex-bourbon barrels, the rum finishes with baking spices and hints of orange peel. For the price, the Real McCoy lives up to its name in every way. 94 points from Beverage Testing Institute: "Dark amber color. Aromas of hazelnut spread, cherry jam, pecan praline, and grilled peach and pineapple with a velvety, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, subtle, long espresso, smoked vanilla, brown sugar, leather, island spices, and toffee finish. A decadent, complex rum ideal for sipping. *Gold Medal, Exceptional* (03/2019)

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  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    Four years when I first went to Barbados on a rum expedition, no one was even talking about Foursquare in the U.S. (hence I didn't visit the distillery). When you thought of Barbados, you thought of Mount Gay. Today, however, Foursquare is all anyone wants to talk about in the rum world because it's one of the few distilleries that has taken a stand against added sugar and caramel color in its spirits. That purity has struck a chord with today's modern and more conscientious drinker because there's never been a point in history when people cared more about what they're drinking than right now. Because rum is one of the most adulterated spirits there is, often darkened and sweetened with a number of various devices, Foursquare has decided to separate itself from the pack, pumping out incredibly supple, rounded, almost Bourbon-like rums with real (natural) flavor and concentration. The Real McCoy 12 year is a stunning value considering everything that went into it. It's the Weller 12 of the rum world -- the rum that we'll all be missing five years from now when the rest of the industry catches on and buys every last drop. For the meantime, take advantage of the fact that there's plenty available and for a great price.
  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    Lately we have been receiving high-quality and delicious rums from Foursquare Distillery. The Real McCoy continues this string of successful releases. It is soft and moderately sweet, with the sweetness coming from the spirit and not added sugar. It is complex, with a nice, long finish. Classic, it sets a high standard for rums distilled from molasses.
  • Andrew Stevens
    By: Andrew Stevens
    K&L Staff Member
    For anyone looking to get into rum or for those who need something to drink so as to not drink their single barrel limited release rums the Real McCoy is here. This is just rum for rum's sake, done by one of the best distillers I have tasted out of Barbados. Foursquare is known for their dedication to transparency and lack of additives and this bottling delivers the real deal. Wonderfully balanced with a nose of tar, molasses, and burnt sugar. The body is exactly what I expected it to be with a smooth richness, some funk from the pot still and overall deliciousness. Captain Jack would cry to see this used as a fire starter.
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    Transparency is becoming a powerful factor in consumer decisions in the spirits world, and Real McCoy Rum has embraced this. Made using the pot and column stills at Criterion, then aged 12 years in charred Bourbon barrels, this has a beautiful amber brown color and a clean, smooth flavor profile of wet brown sugar, vanilla, caramel and slight grassy spice. It is bar none unmatched for smoothness.
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    K&L Staff Member
    You don't even have to nose the glass to be hit by the wave of intense spice, vanilla, and molasses oozing into the air. This is big and rich rum from Foursquare any way you slice it. Touches of candied orange and almonds round out the bourbon cask profile. This rum is clean, big, and amazingly unadulterated with syrups and sugars. Whether you need something to sip on after dinner to satisfy a sweet tooth but don't want the cloying stickiness of many rums or are looking for your next house rum for tiki drinks, this should be a big hit.
  • Chantel Carroll
    By: Chantel Carroll
    K&L Staff Member
    I was swept away by this rum. It is truly delicious!! The nose was full of toffee, toasted almond, a little cola, cardamom, and ground nutmeg. The palate was so smooth, and rich. It's amazing to me that there is absolutely no sugar added to this rum, because at the end all I could taste was fresh brown sugar and tamarind.


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