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Foursquare 2008 - 12yo exceptional cask mark XIII
This 2008 release represents the latest release from Foursquare Distillery, Barbados. The thirteenth release (Mark XIII) in the Exceptional Cask Selection, continuing the award-winning Vintage series which launched with the ground-breaking, and critically acclaimed 2004. The 2005 release was awarded Supreme Champion at the International Spirits Challenge in 2018, the first time that a Rum has ever attained the highest award at the competition. The 2007 Vintage continued the award-winning run, and 2008 is fully set to meet the ever-increasing expectations of those who demand excellence.
2008 is a Single Blended Rum, in that it is a blend of Rums distilled in the copper double retort pot still and the continuous twin column still of Foursquare Distillery, aged in Barbados for 12 years in ex-bourbon cask American white oak. Presented at 60% alcohol by volume, without chill-filtration, at its natural colour, and free from sweeteners and other flavourings.
Foursquare 2008 offers a captivating drinking experience, complex and evolving, and balanced in its delivery. Its approachability belying its presentation strength. A truly excellent Rum that you would want to return to time and again.
Tasting Notes by Peter Holland, Foursquare UK Brand Ambassador
Nose: A complex combination of ripe mango and roasted pineapple. Gently brazil-nutty, with hints of star anise, eucalyptus oil, and herbaceous black tea. Burnt sugar and caramel, leather, and hot tarmac.
Palate: A warming combination of rich fudge, sweet caramel, and buttery toffee. Over ripe plum, gentle honeycomb, and rich plump Medjool dates.
Finish: A seamless transition over the palate and into a long-lasting dry finish that moves from the rich dried fruits into soft peppery baking spices, ending with a little tingle of warmth, and the pleasing lip-smacking expectation of another sip.
Overall: The characterful artisanal pot-still component lends an unmistakable and ever-present weight to the carefully matured and blended aged Rums in this release. Easy to pick up, difficult to put down. The experience of the team at Foursquare Distillery, and their ever-developing mastery of the craft of Rum-making have produced something quite exceptional that will live long in the memories of spirits aficionados.
Again a release worth the money! Open a bottle, sit back and relax with a glass of this new 2008 release.