Foursquare Exceptional Cask Mark XVI "Shibboleth" 16 Year Rum
Foursquare Rum Distillery's latest release "Shibboleth" spent 16 years in Ex-Bourbon Barrels on-site at the distillery in Barbados before finding its way to bottle and shelves. One might assume that with that amount of time in barrel, this would be a heavily "oaked" and "woody" release - however, the use of different degrees of "used" barrels enabled this to still be a very fruit-forward and vibrant bottling.
Initial Impressions: Shibboleth is arresting and complex, yet finishes bright and elegant - immense depth of oak influence, coupled with fresh and dried fruit notes, baking spices, brown butter, and a hint of chocolate-covered strawberries.
As it sits in the glass, elements of candy floss, dried apricots, mint, and butterscotch start to evolve in the aroma while the palate presents blackberry compote, banana nut bread, chocolate ganache and finishes bright with citrus elements of tangerine and blood orange.
Aroma: Acetone, Caramelized Orange, Black Walnut, Almond, Black Currant, Butterscotch, Chocolate covered strawberries, Dried Apricots, Mint, and Candy floss.
Palate: Layered, rich, and complex. Notes of dark chocolate ganache, blackberry compote, butterscotch, banana nut bread, finishing with tangerine, and blood orange.