Foursquare Redoutable & Master Series Edition 1 - Rum Review

Writing about Foursquare Distillery rum is never a punishment. I’m still waiting for the first rum from them that I don’t enjoy. I’ve got a sneaky feeling I won’t find it as long as Richard Seale is in charge. Thing is, when he’s hungover on a Monday morning from partying at The Gap all weekend, he might create something that isn’t fantastic. But after 5 or 10 years, he’ll blend it with better rum, puts it in a different cask and matures it into another 5 star product. It almost seems too easy and unfair. But then, the best people in their field usually make things look very easy.

Redoutable is the 15th edition in the Exceptional Cask Series and is the successor to the fantastic Nobiliary. It’s one of the green lettered labels, which, together with purple, means it’s a cask strength release. Blue is used for the vintages and red for lower abv releases. I tend to prefer the higher abv ones. In this case it’s a 14 year rum at cask strength. As with most Foursquare rums, it’s a blend of pot and column still rum. The final result is a blend of 14 year rum from ex-madeira casks and 14 year rum from ex-bourbon casks, bottled at 61%. There have been a fair amount of positive reviews about Redoutable, so my expectations are high.

Next to it we have a Foursquare store pick. Store picks tend to not excite me as much. I don’t know why exactly. I always have the feeling they can’t be as good as the exceptional distillery releases. Although I realize I might be wrong in that. When you look at other brands and their store picks, it becomes obvious there are quite a lot of them. Think Chairman’s Reserve for example. Tons of private releases. Perhaps a few too many, which causes me to not be as excited. In this case it’s called Master Series Edition 1, Private Cask. I have to say “Private Cask” sounds a lot better than “Store Pick”. It’s a pot and column blend, aged for 12 years in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. Exclusive to Total Wine in the US, bottled at 62%.