Foursquare: Nobiliary

Country: Barbados
Pot & Column Still Blend
Aging: 14 years, ex-bourbon casks
ABV: 59%
Bottled: December 2019
Outturn: 6000 (Europe, US is TBC)

I’m definitely a Foursquare fan. I think the company really works to educate the consumer and I’ve not yet heard a poor review of any of their rums. I was lucky enough to be able to take part in a Twitter tasting where I was given a dram of this and I was impressed enough that I subsequently bought two bottles of it! I’m halfway through the first one now, so I *THINK* I can give a reasonable judged review. (No points for guessing it’ll be a good one).

Nobiliary means “Relating to the nobility.” OK, so not as mysterious as Hereditas, Empery or Sagacity, but it keeps to a theme of sorts I guess. It’s number XII in the Exceptional Cask Series, following on from Sagacity and is a pot and column still blend, aged in ex-bourbon casks for 14 years before being bottled at 62%.

Presentation – It’s a Foursquare bottle. Stubby bottle, classy parchment, synthetic stopper with its’ satisfying ‘POP’ when you open it. You know what you’re getting here with the Exceptional Cask Selection. There’s a format which works and they stick to it.

Nose – Powerful. That high ABV makes itself known with an astringency – leave it to air however and you’re rewarded with pencil shavings from primary school desks, fairy cakes, roast banana, strawberry and plums.

Palate – Immediate fruit – stone fruit and red apple – that quickly travels through licorice, dark chocolate, buttery toffee, vanilla and nutmeg before finishing up in a spicy ginger that coats the throat. A proper journey through several flavour profiles, but the initial fruit is very fleeting, leaving this more of a soft, spicy rum.

+water – Although losing that delicate fruit forward taste, this really brings out freshly baked cake, mace and ginger.

Finish – That extra oomph from the 68% ABV really helps to draw the experience out. The gingery kick lingers on and on with a beautiful slow burn. Delicious.

Scores on the door

Presentation – 5/5
Nose – 9/10
Taste – 18/20
Finish – 8/10
Value for money – 5/5
Total – 45/50

How the rating system works:
Its’ entirely arbitrary but I’ve weighted it towards the things that matter most to me when looking to buy a new bottle. Hence, the greater emphasis on taste say compared with presentation. Also, if the rum doesn’t benefit from dilution, there’ll be no “+ water” modifier on the review.

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