Foursquare 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.
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!