This rum sold out in one day in the UK, upon launch on Friday September 24th 2021. Rum is not as big here as it is in the UK, but we are aiming to help change that, by explaining the very reasons why you should drink & collect great rum. Firstly, Foursquare is seen as the best rum distillery in the world, headed by fourth generation distiller Richard Seale, who Forbes magazine classed as 'the best rum distiller in the world'. Distilled in February 2009 at Foursquare Rum Distillery in Barbados this is a pot/column blend matured at origin in ex-bourbon barrels for 12 years. It has been bottled at 60% and as ever with Foursquare rums (and Richard Seale's ethos), there are no additives whatsoever.
Nose: It’s quite woody and oaky with very well defined wafts of vanilla and stoned fruits. Plum, raisin and even some softer notes of peach and apricot. Some black cherry as well. Further nosing reveals some sweet strawberry and some ginger. The oak notes are nicely integrating and giving this nose a wonderfully warming depth.
Mouth: Sipped Foursquare 2009 is initially quite oaky but not woody and it has a really nice balance and depth to the “woody” notes. It’s mildly spicy with a hint of ginger and some white pepper but its mostly vanilla, oak and some dark fruits. It has a really lovely mouthfeel, even at full strength. It is a very rich and warming rum with a wonderful depth of complexity. The rum flows and grows through to the mid palate with a lovely hit of fruity red wine, plums and no shortage of warming oak notes and a little spiciness. There is more fruitiness and richness than you might expect from solely ex-bourbon casks.
In conclusion: Finish-wise Foursquare 2009 has a really nice length and flavour on the finish. The fruity notes and the oak notes fade out gently with minimal real “burn” and whilst there is a little burst of spicy ginger at the very tip of the finish – it all works beautifully.