Brand: Foursquare, Exceptional Cask Selection series
Origin: Foursquare, St. Philip, Barbados
Still: Pot & Column Blend
Age: 12 years
With Foursquare 2008, we reach the final (as of publication) Foursquare vintage release that I own. While some feel that the yearly ex-Bourbon matured rums are too similar, I've enjoyed picking apart the differences that are present between each installment.
This release is composed of a pre-cask blend of pot and column still distillate that was ditilled in 2008 and aged for 12 years in a combination of first, second, and third-fill ex-Bourbon casks in St. Philip; it was bottled at a respectable 60% ABV.
It's quite unfortunate– and perhaps darkly humorous– that this rum was distilled during the same year a global recession kicked off, and was released during the year a pandemic ravaged humanity. Despite these potentially inauspicious circumstances, Foursquare 2008 is a preferred vintage for many fans of the distillery.
Let's crack it open and give it a taste!
Dark orange, medium clarity, low viscosity
Raw pastry dough, vanilla, permanent marker, roasted almonds, fruit leather, oak
Almonds, black cherries, dates, raisins, pasty dough, vanilla, oranges, caramel, dark chocolate
Medium-long, fruity, well-balanced; oak, vanilla, orange zest, cherry, dark chocolate, bitter almonds
2008 is another great entry in the Exceptional Cask Series' array of vintages. It's got a big fruit constituency in its profile, while also a heap of savory notes like pastry dough and dark chocolate.
The fruit is a bit more pronounced in 2008 than other ex-Bourbon ECS releases, and adds some appreciated complexity to the typical Foursquare notes. Ultimately, this hits all the highlights, but doesn't quite set itself apart. It's a delicious rum you can't go wrong with, but I wouldn't worry if you got into the rum game too late to snag a bottle of this.