2009 Whisky Age No. 005 Foursquare 12 Year Old Single Cask No. 16 Cask Strength Barbados Single Rum (700ml)
In an industry dominated by corporations, marketing hype and additives, Foursquare has become a byword for unadulterated quality. Here, a column still contribution lightens the nose, though not without retaining considerable pot-still richness in the form of moist fruit slice and banana cake. Leave it longer to coax out complexing nuances of dried grass, vanilla and fruit 'n'nut chocolate. The palate takes a sweeter tangent: Citrus lozenges, vanilla wafer, orange spice cake and light molasses dovetail into bourbon-soaked vanillas. The finish is satiny, oily, then deliciously bittersweet, closing understated with dried coconut and late tropical fruits. Skilfully balancing light and heavy distillates results in a style reminiscent of first-rate single grain whisky. Tasted from a 20ml sample. 61.5% Alc./Vol. 250 bottles. Very limited stocks.