Updated: Oct 10, 2019
I have reviewed quite a few Foursquare Rum Distillery bottles already. There are a couple of reasons for this. First because they tend to be delicious and therefore fun to review and second because they continue to come up with new releases that I can’t say no to.
Hereditas was one of the latter. I told myself not to buy it, had already spent enough on rum. But, it was so tempting. An exclusive bottling for The Whisky Exchange! The word “exclusive” alone makes the heart beat a little faster. After saying no on Monday, I caved and said yes on Tuesday. Damn, the marketing worked on me!
I figured it would be interesting to do a comparison between Hereditas and Principia, with Patrimonio lurking in the background as a benchmark. The reason why I picked Prinicipia is because it has been partly aged in ex-sherry cask as well, but also because it’s quite different from the others in terms of years in cask, alcohol percentage and flavour profile. That makes a comparison slightly more compelling to me.
The story on how I acquired a bottle of Principia takes us back to Barbados. During the 2018 rum geek Barbados trip, where we visited 3 distilleries with around 30 people, there was a great tour and tasting at Foursquare. Organized and executed by owner and master distiller Richard Seale. When we got to the tasting room and were enjoying a few wonderful samples, we noticed a pile of boxes. Long story short, they were filled with bottles of Principia and everyone got one. Richard turned into Oprah Winfrey! “You get a car, you get a car……everybody gets a car!” The generosity of the Seale family is amazing.
Age: 14 Years
Cask: One part 14 years ex-bourbon, another part 10 years in ex-bourbon & 4 years in ex-sherry