The Seale family has roots in Barbados since the 1650s and can reference five generations of rum making experience. The crucial moment was when in 1995 the company, then led by Sir David Seale, bet on the purchase of a sugar refinery whose oldest building dates back to 1636 and was mostly decrepit. His insight, however, paid off and that site became Foursquare Distillery, and it now stands as one of the most efficient and modern rum distilleries around, complete with a state-of-the-art bottling facility right on site. The distillery has a three-column still that uses for lighter rums and a modern still for heavier rums, which are always distilled from fermented molasses in small batches (usually 112 barrels) and aged in a tropical way. Its rums are matured in small ex-Bourbon American white oak barrels in huge open warehouses, most of which come from an unnamed (but famous) distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Already an impressive and growing force in the rum world, it would appear that Foursquare is poised to be at the forefront of rum production in the near future, after the brand ended a good year when it was named Rum Producer of the Year at the prestigious International Spirits Challenge 2017. There are already many wonderful expressions to try, such as Foursquare Spiced Rum and Foursquare 11 Year Old 2004 - Exceptional Cask Selection. The Rums of this company, especially the most important editions, are available in extremely limited quantities.
With an intense amber color, it is greedy and slightly spicy on the nose. Then a great mix of hints, vanilla, sherry, damp wood, coconut, olives, chocolate, brown sugar. In the mouth it is complex and broad. Notes of tobacco leaves and caramel. Slightly smoked, hints of bitter chocolate, sweet spices (nutmeg, star anise).