• Ivar

Foursquare Nobiliary Compared With Criterion & 2007

Updated: Feb 9

Nobiliary is the new kid on the Foursquare block. Although that is a dangerous remark to make and already partially untrue. It’s going fast with their releases, so the actual new kid on the block is Foursquare 2008. However, with the limited access we have in Canada, it can take a while before I get my hands on a bottle.

The first time I remember hearing about people tasting Nobiliary was at Miami Rum Congress. Some enthusiasts with palates I trust and respect, like Steve Leukanech, were impressed. Since then the waterfall of raving reviews has seemingly been flowing non stop.

It’s another addition to the quickly growing group of 14 year old members of the Foursquare family, which already consists of Empery, Doorly’s 14, Real McCoy 14, Patrimonio, Destino and Hereditas. From those, only Patrimonio has been among the top spots for me, but I feel they never received as much praise early on in the online rum communities as Nobiliary has. With that in mind I couldn’t wait to test Nobiliary against one of my big loves, Foursquare 2007.

To make it an even more interesting comparison, I figured it couldn’t hurt to add a younger release from a few years back. Criterion. Apart from it being younger, it’s also partly matured in Madeira cask, while 2007 and Nobiliary are aged in bourbon cask only. Criterion is a hot commodity now. Only 4000 bottles were released, so they are hard to find and expensive. Richard Seale, owner/distiller/master blender/wizard of Foursquare Distillery, mentioned it was a limited batch of rum he had.

As per usual, this is a blind tasting. I know which rums, but not the order. I did two tasting sessions, two weeks apart.

The Cast

Foursquare 2007

Distilled: 2007

Age: 12 years

Abv: 59%

Cask: Ex-bourbon

Bottles: 27000

Foursquare Criterion

Distilled: 2007

Age: 10 years

Abv: 56%