Updated: Oct 10, 2019
Foursquare Patrimonio brings me right back to UK Rumfest in October 2018.
One evening I walked into Trailer Happiness with Ian Burrell (best bar in London), to find Richard Seale getting ready to leave. We said hello and goodbye and went on our merry ways. While Richard was leaving he realized he had a sample bottle in his pocket with a little bit of rum left in it. He went back into the bar, tapped me on the shoulder and gave me the bottle. Before I could finish saying the word “thanks” he had vanished into the dark streets of London, looking for the next party….or…more likely…a comfy hotel bed. It was a “be at the right place at the right time” kind of moment for me.
I didn’t try the sample right away. Instead, I brought it home to Toronto so I could try it properly. When I did, I emptied the bottle into a Glencairn and started smelling it. Impressive! Then the tasting…even more impressive! The thought in my mind was: “could this be the best one so far?”.
I was making plenty of noises of joy, which prompted Mariangela (gf) to come over for a taste. She had a sip and then walked away with the glass. I never got it back! She liked it too much and had to finish it.
It’s now six months later and I’m sitting down with a full bottle. Lucky me! Since I liked the Patrimonio sample so much, I figured I’d put it up against 2006 to see which one I like best. Will there be a new leader?
Distillery: Foursquare Distillery, Barbados
Age: 14 years in ex-bourbon cask and 10+4 in ex bourbon & ex sherry cask
Other: Distilled in 2004, bottled in Feb 2019. One component has been 14 years in ex bourbon cask. Another component was 10 years in ex bourbon and then transferred to ex sherry cask, where it stayed for another 4 years.
Wet wood, sherry and vanilla are the first things my brain registers. Then coconut, olives, milk chocolate, wine gums and brown sugar. It's a fairly sweet nose. This is one of those rums that can keep me entertained for a long time without actually tasting it.