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Endangered Rums – ’98 Vintage

Our friend Dave Russell is back with more commentary about Endangered Rums. Check it out.

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Endangered Rums
by Dave Russell

Rum is Fun, but this is one rum I’ve had to fight for!  Well, at least I had to use strongarm negotiating tactics to win one of  the last bottles of Foursquare 1998 on Barbados.

Richard Seale, head of Foursquare Distillery, doesn’t often make a vintage rum.  Pity that, since his 1998 Vintage is one of the world’s finest.  It had a short production run, but errant bottles can still be found proudly displayed on the top shelf of a few Bajan bars, or left behind and forgotten in a liquor store.  1998 is a sublime rum, get it!

The aromas are more appealing and less forward than found in many premium aged Bajan rums.  Perfectly proportioned too – no single scent overwhelms, and each is released in a new layer if you take time sniffing to explore each one.  First you’ll find caramelized sugar, vanilla, oak, and smokey char, then 1998 produces a slight must, pleasantly smelling like the inside of a barrel aging building.  Hints of cocoa, dried fruit (apricot, plum, currants) and nice earthy vegetal qualities (cane and fresh tobacco) and just a bit of spice (cinnamon and clove) are also apparent.

Foursquare’s Vintage 1998 rum is so incredibly well balanced that its complex individual flavors stand together like a well rehearsed chorus.   It’s worth the fight.  SRP $35

To read more from Dave, check out his website, RumGallery.com.