Foursquare Spiced Rum

FoursquareFoursquare Spiced Rum is like no other spiced rum I’ve had. This combination of island spices and specially aged rum will change the way you think of spiced rum. It’s blended in accordance with a centuries old secret formula known only to generations of the Seale family.

While in Barbados, I was fortunate enough to visit Foursquare Distillery. Foursquare is the name of the oldest sugarcane plantation in Barbados (1636). The distillery features a self-guided, nasal euphoria-inducing tour that allows you to wander the grounds and plant learning about the rum-making process. The Foursquare grounds also include gardens, a petting zoo, amphitheater and small museum. I highly recommend you visit the distillery, even if that means leaving your beachside lounge chair and rum punch.Foursquare rum distillery light

Taking a first look at Foursquare, you see a clear, squared slender bottle. The labels inform of the history of Foursquare and the wonderful rum that is confined within by a burgundy wax seal. Upon pouring the rum in a glass, you notice the alluring tawny hue and its clingy legs. This rum has an inviting nose of butterscotch, citrus, nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon and cloves. The bright taste of citrus, butterscotch, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, a hint of ginger and char make for a balanced, rich rum of remarkable depth. There is an enjoyable slight burn from the real island spices – not additives that are found in many spiced rums.

Appearance – tawny, amber hue
Nose – butterscotch, hints of nutmeg, vanilla, citrus, cinnamon, cloves
Taste – citrus, butterscotch, nutmeg, cinnamon, hint of ginger, char, pepper, enjoyable slight burn, spicy finish with rich depth and balance
Finish – long, light, crisp, mildly spicy
Proof – 70
Aged at least 2 years in oak
Produced by R.L. Seale & Co. Ltd. Foursquare Distillery, Barbados

Foursquare is one of the best spiced rums on the shelf today.  I brought back 3 bottles of this rum from Barbados to give as gifts to some very occasional rum drinkers who “don’t like spiced rum.” They all absolutely loved it!

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You never judge a spirit by its packaging, but this striking bottle is a conversation starter at any bar and will look great in your bar at home.  Luckily, this Tsantsa (shrunken head) houses a very good rum.  Following a battle, the head was taken as a trophy which indicated that the maker properly fulfilled the obligation to his lineage in taking blood revenge. Without the trophy in hand the victory was considered incomplete.  The Tsantsa was a badge of honor designed to contain the person’s spirit so it cannot escape and take revenge or escape into the afterlife and harm dead ancestors.  when the warrior kills his enemy, he is after the victim’s life, but more importantly he seeks to possess the victim’s soul.

At first glance you notice a plastic cover with hemp stitching wrapped around a glass bottle.   Upon pouring the aged rum into a glass you notice a rich amber hue.  the distillate base is pressed sugar cane juice and molasses.  the sugar cane juice is slowly fermented and doubled distilled in pot stills careful to not lose aromatics and essential components.  the rum is aged for 6 years in European oak barrels.  After aging, the art of blending occurs by aging in cognac, whiskey, sherry, Bordeaux, port and rojas barrels.  After a charcoal filtering you are left with a wonderfully unique flavor profile.

Appearance – Rich amber hue

Nose – Vanilla, cinnamon, mild coffee and chocolate, and allspice with a hint of wine drawn from the barrels.

Taste – Warm vanilla, caramel, mild smoke char, cinnamon, oak, touch of pepper.  Rich depth and balance.

Finish – medium long with a nice lingering heat.  Semi-sweet, crisp and dry.

Proof – 80 / 40% ABV

Aged at least 6 years

Produced by Iconic Brands, Inc.

They also produce crystal and aged spice brands for your enjoyment.

Enjoy this rum neat, on the rocks, or in a cocktail.  Deadhead is a unique rum in a unique bottle.  A must-have for your collection and a must-buy for your enjoyment.

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