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Foursquare Rum Distillery 14 Year Old "Nobiliary" Exceptional Cask Selection Mark XII Single Cask Blended Barbados Rum (750ml) SKU #1481079

Price: $109.99

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Tasting Notes

The Foursquare Distillery has become a true cult producer. Rum fanatics have long sought out this special distillery, refurbished and reopened in the mid-90s by the idiosyncratic rum blender and bottler Richard Seale and his father, Sir David Seale. But recently, as bourbon drinkers become exacerbated over cost and availability of their usual tipple- they've turned to the Foursquare distillery as a source for ultra-high quality well aged spirit. The top of the line from the venerated distillery is the Exceptional Cask Series. This line of hand selected small batch blends are destined never to be recreated. The distillery's aging scheme is highly complex. Different ratios of pot and column distilled spirit are blended and filled into mostly ex-bourbon barrels. Some of that spirits is transferred to various wine casks for additional maturation. This series usually blends various ask types, bu here we see the full prowess on display without any wine finishes obstructing the true character of this special spirit. Nobiliary is 100% ex-bourbon cask and aged for 14 long years. The perfect marriage of pot and column distillates blended at birth and bottling for one of the world's most seemless and authentic expression of place available. Wiithout a doubt, this lives up to the hype and cements this special distillery as one of the greatest producers of any kind in existence today. There is no sugar, color or flavor added and it is bottled without chill-filteration at cask strength.

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Staff Reviews

  • Will Blakely
    By: Will Blakely
    K&L Staff Member
    I am always excited to see new Foursquare releases, and this one might be my new favorite. All that time in bourbon barrels gives it impressive weight and richness while maintaining the freshness and sweet caramel of a more youthful rum. On the nose, a jubilant carnival of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and chicory make the most noise; beneath that, however, a quiet but steady beat of wild cane and fresh thyme adds dimension. Despite its impressively high proof, this is unbelievably soft and inviting. Rich, deep molasses, roasted Brazil nuts and a wealth of vanilla make up the bulk of its flavor with ripe banana and papaya tinged with clove playing background roles. All these intense pieces coalesce into something truly harmonious and beautiful even without water, though you could add a drop or two to cut the spice a touch and ramp up the fleshy fruit. Personally, I can't get enough of it straight out of the bottle - its concentration and decadent texture keep me coming back again and again. It seems uncanny that two more years in barrel would translate into such a more complex, fleshed out flavor profile, but here we are. Easily one of the most well-crafted and enjoyable spirits in this or any category.
  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    K&L Staff Member
    It truly is astonishing that we've been able to secure the quantities of this special rum like never before. Typically, the yearly special release arrives and disappears within days. For the first time in a long while, we've been able to jockey for a significant amount of the years top release and that means hopefully we'll have it for at least a little while. But then again, maybe not. This is the best special release extremely short-lived and now highly collectible "Dominus." Appropriately named, Foursquare has truly become rum nobility. The color is chestnut sherry. The nose is an explosive cocktail of dried mint, roasted clove, Tahitian vanilla, wild honey, lacquer box and freshly dried grapes. On the palate the telltale depth of the double retort pot still is front and center, but framed by a gorgeous platter of tropical fruits, spices, macadamia/hazelnut, more honey and some herbal tea, maybe lemon verbena. Long warming and overtly pleasurable, it doesn't show the heat at 122 proof and I think adding water isn't necessary considering the particularly well appointed package, but if you do add water, you'll notice the immense body coming forward. Rich and viscous. Adding weight and sweetness, while taming some of the spice, but not all. I think there are very few spirits lovers that would argue that this isn't one of best bottles of any kind in the store right now.


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