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It's a scientific fact: most $12 rums are made with squirrel urine and cheap additives in big factories which sell the stuff to frat boys and frat girls all across the US, where it is drowned in soda pop and guzzled until everyone pukes, passes out and eventually wakes up embarrassed and on probation.

This stuff, on the other hand, is genuine Bajan rum produced by – drum roll – R. L. Seale, aka God. Sure, it's not magnificent, top-tier sipping rum, but it's better than anything else you can find for twelve bucks. This is the IKEA version of his Seale's Ten Year Old rum: nothing elegant, just good, honest, affordable-for-all product which does what it's supposed to do and nothing more. Decent rum.

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It's got that familiar Foursquare flavor of leather, tar, and bananas. Dry like the Sahara.

Good info from Capt Jimbo's site-

This is one of the oldest brands of rum in Barbados and is generally not exported. Only our atypical direct arrangement with Total Wine has allowed this brand of rum to the US market.

To your questions :

1. [pot or column] A blend of both (as all of our rums)
2. [basis] Molasses
3. [additives/flavorings] NONE !!!!! (as all of our rums)
4. [age] 2/3 year blend (making it older than 95% of the rums on the market).

Trust this helps.

Richard

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I call this a journeyman rum since it offers versatility and reliability without being too fancy.

The color is a light amber with a nice viscosity. It clings to the sides of the glass for a long time developing very, very good legs. The aroma is nice and solid. No astringency making the nose tingle.

The flavor is very basic...an initial sweetness from the molasses then some noticeable oak tannins. According the Richard Seale himself...the man behind this rum...it is a blend of rums aged two to three years with absolutely no additives whatsoever.

In other words, what you taste is what you get.

I would love to shake that man's hand and thank him for honest rums.

Being that this is a rum from Barbados means a bit more for me since I have found most of my favorite rums originate from there. Secondly since this is an R.L. Seale product it is guaranteed to be quality.

That alone is worth a few ratings points.

This is a seriously authentic molasses-based rum that any mixologist worth his salt should have on his shelf. A bit more potent than typical rums (it comes in at 43% ABV which is 86 proof) it doesn't have any major burn. A nice strong warmth in the back of the throat.

Although not as smooth as rums aged longer this isn't overly harsh either and would be a good sipping rum for the adventurous but probably not acceptable for those preferring sweeter rums.

However...

...as a mixing rum this is a spectacular rum that I highly recommend. And the price is more than reasonable. Around $15 USD which I think would make it an attractive rums for professionals. Hopefully more will pick up on its quality.

Once again I tip my hat to Mr. R.L. Seale.

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I'm usually afraid to try a $10 rum, but I know the price break with Total Wine and R.L. Seale so I gave it a try. This is another fine Barbados rum to while away the hours at the pool or the beach.


An inexpensive gold rum with good flavor for a rum and coke.


Another bargain from Richard Seale and Foursquare, nothing fancy but a good solid basic rum at a price that puts it on par with the cheap stuff from Bacardi, which it puts to shame.


Found this at Total Wine in Charleston, Sc. It caught my eye at only $10.99 for a 750ml bottle and the label didn't seem cheesy or cheap, like Malibu or Burnett's. I tried it neat, but there was a bit too much burn for me. When I added a cube of ice though, it mellowed out considerably. At $10.99 it's definitely worth the price.


A decent rum. Not quite a good sipper but good in drinks.





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