Foursquare Exceptional Cask Mark XXIII "Covenant" 18 Year Rum
From the Blending Buddha of Barbados himself, Richard Seale (and his crackerjack team of course), comes Foursquare Distillery's oldest rum to date. At a whopping 18 years old, Covenant is pure ex-bourbon aged Foursquare, blended from rums made on their double retort pot still and twin column still, bottled at full proof without any added coloring, flavoring, or sweetener. If you're a lover of Foursquare, then chances are you're already preparing your glass, but this is getting into the range where even the rum-uncurious may want to start paying attention.
In the hands of a sloppy blender, 18 years of aging in the heat and humidity of the Caribbean can become overwhelming. Even in casks that have been used, the tannic influence of oak can sometimes be more of liability than an asset. But Richard Seale is no sloppy blender, and the balance of cask influence is impressive indeed. Aromas of caramelized orange peel, apricot, milk chocolate-covered strawberries, and toasted hazelnuts let you in on the freshness still present, while also hinting at the depth there after 18 years. On the palate, you are hit with rich mellow baking spice, dark chocolate, toasted coconut macaroons, fig, and earthy, slightly oxidated wine. An immense rum, but as superbly drinkable as Foursquare always is. Bottled at cask strength - 58% abv.