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Another great bottle from the island of real rum.This one get straight to the point and is a little more heavily bodied then you usual Barbadian. My nose fills with notes of leather, oak, coconut and pepper. In the mouth I pick up a dark character with notes of oak, leather, tobacco, orange-peel and spices. Despite the manly character, it's a pleasingly refined rum that's well executed. The taste and color feels heavily influenced by the barrel, but it never goes overboard. Thumbs up.

At first the name was a bit of a turn-off. I thought it was a cliche marketing trick of using a recognizable name with positive connotations but no relation to the actually product. I was pleased to learn that the name comes from a 1920s prohibition-era rum runner named Bill McCoy, who never watered-down or adulterated the rum he was selling, thus earning a reputation for himself. They called his spirits "the real McCoy." (The phrase pre-dates Bill, and there is a good amount of marketing storytelling here as there is no direct link between him and the current production, but it's nice to know there's a real story all the same.)

This is a great 12-year-old Bajan rum with no added sugar. Along with the other offerings from Foursquare and Mt. Gay, this makes for a fantastic "benchmark" sipping rum, with notes of oak and dry caramel. Took a few minutes to open up, but once it did, it was very nice, indeed. I think it has quite a bit more character than the NAS MGXO, and is a little dryer than RL Seale's Finest. This is probably also the smoothest of the bunch. To me, RM12 competes with Foursquare's cask series, just without the level of nuance/interest those ones offer.

Compared to the already-excellent Real McCoy 5-year, the taste is very similar, making it difficult to justify the extra expense of the 12. The 12-year is slightly smoother, and has a richer nose of brown/demerara sugar. The 12 is clearly a more refined/enjoyable sipping rum, so grab it if it's within your budget, but I was surprised at just how good the 5 was, so feel no regrets about trying that one instead if your budget's tighter (or if you want an exceptional mixer).


I would love to do a side-by-side tasting with this, Doorly's 12-year (finished in ex-Sherry casks) and RL Seale's Finest—the latter two appearing to be significantly better values from the same distillery. But you can't really go wrong with any of these :)

(PS, I don't understand how anyone could rate this less than a 6, but apparently some have very different standards than the site's rating suggestions. [Also, wow, this rum must have excellent distribution in Denmark!] At the time of this review, the rating without these peculiar outliers would be 8.04, rather than 7.58.)

Lækker Rom uden sukker - god eftersmag af valinile og tobak

the rum is good, great color, but I think it's overpriced.

While the nose is nice, the mouth is awesome! Damn smooth caramel, butterscotch, coconut, banana, leather, tobacco, chocolate, and citrus. A nice noticeable bourbon finish to top it off too. This may be a 10 at some point, but for now 9+

Sugar test-0. Well duh, it's from Foursquare!

Another wonderful unadulterated rum from Mr. Seale and his Foursquare Distillery. Rich rum flavors, notes of toffee, oak, molasses and spices, but at 80 proof, none of the alcohol burn. An example of Bajan rum at its best.

Dva nadšenci Bailey Pryor a Richard Seale oprášili po téměř sto letech Váš příběh za pomoci dokumentu a hlavně sérií rumů nesoucí hrdě odkaz s označením „Pravý McCoy“. Doba se však lehce změnila, a přestože nyní již nepatří mezi nepřátele vlády a organizovaného zločinu, stali se pro změnu trnem v oku megaloproducentům a také ortodoxním fanouškům doslazovaných rumů. Těm nešťastníkům pak přímo před nosem uniká ona neuvěřitelná jemnost a vyzrálost brilantně vyvážených složek zemitosti, dubové dřevitosti, karamelu či tmavé čokolády s pojítkem lehkého tabákového kouře. V uvozovkách tedy „lituji“ všechny, kteří tento úžasný rum nepochopili (a proto také dostatečně neocenili), jelikož se jim vzdaluje Vámi prosazovaná rumová čistota a pravda, v dnešní době tak pracně zastíraná všemožným marketingem s výsledkem vesměs předražené rumové falešnosti.


Rigtig fin rom der kan stille lysten hos både den der vil have sødt og den der vil have stærkt.

Puissance et gourmandise au rdv de cet excellent Foursquare ! Mon rhum de tous les jours !

It's not sweet. I like sweet but I still like this one. It tastes natural.

Dejlig rom. Klar duft af kokus. Smagen er lidt tør, rund, kokus, vanilje og karamel

Purchased a bottle of "The Real McCoy" this summer and the bottle remains intact. Will update my review upon tasting.


There is very little burn in sipping this and a mildly sweet oaky vanilla that comes through. It's not as bold as Doorly's 12 year which is almost 20 bucks cheaper in my area and has a more dominant toffee and whisky like flavor. IMO it doesn't have that dominant whisky like flavor of rl seales 10 yr or Doorly's of any kind. It's smooth on the throat for sure and definitely woody w some brown sugar. The flavors tho are very mild. It's not bad by any means just very mild brown sugar and bourbon like an unsugared and smoother Pampero Aniversario RE. Nice brown sugar n vanilla flavor that is different from other foursquare offerings, I like it.

I really enjoyed this rum. It felt super real to me. Somehow knowing that no sugar was added to this to make it sweet and that every drop in the bottle is at least 12 years old just adds to the experience.

I had a very good rum tasting session with my buddy at one of the best rum bars in Chicago where I tasted the Real McCoy for the very first and absolutely the last time, and the Real McCoy 12 year old easily took the last spot on this tasting, and after well over 200 aged rums tasted during the past 15 years, is easily on my least favorite 10 rum list. This is very close to my all time lowest rum Barbancourt 8 and 15 year old rums. Awful vile liquid, stay away from this one.

Ikke lige min smag, men smagte bestemt ikke grimt. Men er mere til deres 5 års.

For the price, this is a great value rum. An easy sipping rum with great flavour and depth, its not gonna blow your mind. But this is a 12yr old with quality, that would otherwise cost you much more.

Měl jsem možnost ochutnat i s přednáškou od majitele firmy.

This is a nice sipper neat. Not overly sweet, only natural sweetness. Great rum mouth feel.

Dette er nok en af de bedste rom jeg har smagt, hvor der ikke er tilsat sukker

Dufter meget som Eldorado 12 som mit Ummidelbart førstehåndsindtryk. Efter lidt længere tid med næsen i glasset finder jeg følgende: citrus, vanilje, kokos, egetræsfad som bliver helt nøddeagtig i næsen.
Smagen er temmelig sprittet men utrolig sød til at det er en rom som ikke er tilsat sukker. Der er utrolig meget fad smag. Som snævrer mundhulerne helt ind til Kindbenet.
Sødme 5/10

Toch ook weer een prima rum van de Foursquare Distilleerderij op Barbados. De rum heeft minimaal 12 jaar gerijpt in ex-bourbon vaten. Smaken en aroma's van molasse, hout, kruiden en salmiak. Geen suiker en kleurstoffen toegevoegd.


A typical Barbados rum with floral notes and light body. i enjoyed it but i had better ones

Volles Aroma, sehr gut. Echte 12 Jahre, kein Solera. Nicht nachgezuckert, trotzdem angenehm süß.