Foursquare Port Cask Finish Rum Review

By Neil Brotherston Wednesday 21st Sep, 2016

We’re often slightly dubious when we’re told that we are being sent a “limited edition” drink – sometimes this can just be a marketing ploy to move on supplies of a previous batch, that is no longer made and needs shifting.

There’s also the fact that if something was really THAT good, why wouldn’t it just be produced all the time, rather than as a one off. The answer to that can often be that it means higher prices can be charged, for something that is actually very similar to the standard offering.

It is with that in mind, that we are delighted to say that none of the above applies to this particular “limited edition” offering we have been given to try from Foursquare. Their limited edition Port Cask Finish Rum really does offer something new, different and I would say better than their normal offering – exactly how limited edition drinks should be.

There are just over 12,000 bottles of this limited edition Foursquare Port Cask Finish Rum available in Europe and we’d recommend snapping one up, as this really is a fantastic rum that all rum aficionados out there should endeavour to try.

It is called “Port Cask Finish” rum, because, unlike a lot of rums, this one has spent the last part of it’s distillation life in a port cask barrel. This rum is first distilled in a more traditional bourbon barrel for three years, before being re-housed in a port barrel for the final six years of it’s maturation period. You could say referring to it as a “port cask finish” is a little misleading, given its spend two thirds of its life in a port cask, but we’re not complaining – it gives it an incredibly unique and quite frankly stunning flavour.

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The flavour profile is far fruitier and slightly drier than we’ve come to expect from rum – a clear influence from the six years spent ageing in a port cask barrel. There is the expected hint of vanilla that you’d expect from rum such as this, as well as strong oaky flavours from the initial time spent in the bourbon cask.

There is a clear dried fruit taste, which gives this a red wine like kick. The subtleness of the vanilla struggling through the oak and fruit sensation add a level of complexity to this rum, which we’ve scarcely tasted elsewhere. These flavours mean that there is no alcoholic burn on the throat, merely a pleasant warming sensation to let you know that the ABV% isn’t a lie.

Personally we very much like the simple, understated design on the bottle which has an almost makeshift sticker on it – one which looks like a master distiller has temporarily stuck it on the bottle just to remind him of the contents, before properly labelling it up. This really adds to the limited edition feel of this rum and really makes it feel like you are drinking something a little bit special.

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Foursquare Port Cask Finish rum needs to be tasted on its own, for you to fully appreciate its quality, uniqueness and depth of flavour, so we won’t be recommending a cocktail this time. Just pour it into a tumbler, catch up with some friends and enjoy.

Oh and coming in at only £32.95 a bottle, you’d be crazy not to give this one a try.

If you still need convincing and don’t trust me, then surely you’ll trust our very own chief Dapper Chapper, Adam Tanous who when trying this rum exclaimed: “I’d go as far as to say, it’s the best rum I’ve ever had”

Quite the endorsement from ‘The Dapper Chapper’ himself.

You can get your hands on a bottle of Foursquare Port Cask Finish Rum for a price of £32.95 from the guys over at The Whisky Exchange