Foursquare 12 Year Exceptional Cask Mark XIII 2008 Rum
As with all of Foursquare's Exceptional Cask Series this is a Single Blended rum, meaning it is a blend of Pot and Column distilled rums. This bottling is number thirteen in the series. All of the ECS releases named after the year of distillation have been wonderfully straightforward affairs, aged in first, second, and third fill ex-bourbon casks with no additional maturation. This 12 year old rum was bottled in the spring of 2020 at a cask strength of 60% ABV, and as always, without any colorant, added flavor or sweetener of any kind.
These vintage releases from Foursquare just keep getting "more". More intensity of flavor, more wood spice, more fruit, more pot still character shining through, and in this case, a little more ABV as well. That extra proof doesn't express itself with heat though, just a greater depth. Notes of treacle, juicy tart berries, classic Foursquare apple, intense and long lasting wood spice (nutmeg, mace, clove), creamy nougat, coconut, raisin, a slight jolt of wood tannin to balance the fruit and sweetness, and a hint of rummy hogo. It's become almost trite at this point for us to announce that Foursquare has done it again, so we'll leave that exclamation for you, upon your first sip.