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FOURSQUARE Principia 62%

Rum, Barbados, 70cl, Ref: 53849

Produced from a blend of rums distilled in 2007 and 2008 and aged in sherry casks, this cask-strength bottling reveals first an aromatic palette whose construction deserves hearty praise for its watchmaker-like precision. With the same precision, the finesse and ethereal character of the spirit are beautifully showcased in its enthralling palette of flavours. On the finish, the fervour with which it takes up its pilgrim stick reflects this Foursquare’s desire to continually refine its masterpiece.

Profile: the full-bodied initial nose is marked by notes of vanilla, almond milk and fresh walnut. It also reveals a huge variety of fruit (bramble, cherry, apricot) and chocolate. Allowed to breathe, it becomes empyreumatic (crème brûlée). The heady attack is very spicy (pink peppercorn, cinnamon). The spirit’s finesse beams on the mid-palate. The finish is softened by notes of raspberry coulis and apple jelly.

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Tasting note

  • Appearance : copper with glints of burnished gold.
  • Nose : both open and concentrated. Bourbon vanilla, almond milk and fresh walnut occupy the left of the aromatic palette. On the right, we find orange, apricot, a handful of black fruit (bramble, cherry) and chocolate. Allowed to breathe, the two images in this diptych are brought together by notes of molasses, crème brûlée, incense, acacia honey and ginger marmalade.
  • Palate : Palate: sharp, heady. Spices occupy a large part of the start of the palate. Black pepper, pink peppercorn, cinnamon, a pinch of nutmeg and star anise are notably present. The finesse of the spirit lends a wild charm to the mid-palate. Gradually, notes of lit cigar, chilli and heady florals (lily, carnation, peony) wonderfully illustrate the ethereal nature of the end of the palate.
  • Overall : long, smooth. Notes of vanilla, raspberry coulis and apple jelly indicate that this Foursquare has found some rest, and a certain tranquillity. Not for long, however, as it leaves once again for very steep gustatory paths that climb ever higher. The retro-nasal olfaction invites us to collect bouquets of wild flowers. The empty glass reveals mild vanilla whilst also being extremely hot.
The brand

The brand

Traditional and family-run, R.L. Seale & Company creates the best spiced rum in the world, as well as white rum, gold rum, old rum and liqueurs. Established in 1926, it is one of the oldest independent bottlers in Barbados. Distillers for four generations and located on the former site of a sugar refinery whose origins date back to 1636, the Foursquare distillery is one of the most modern in the world. It produces a light rum in three-columned stills and a more powerful version, in a pot still.



The Velier company was founded by the Chaix family in 1947. From 1953 to 1983, this small traditional company, located in the port of Gênes, specialised in the importation and distribution of wines, champagnes and spirits. In 1983, then aged 25, Luca Gargano acquired shares in Velier. Under his influence the company began specialising in the importation of exceptional spirits to be supplied to the most prestigious establishments in Italy. In the early 1990s, Luca Gargano heard rumours of a mythical, quasi-legendary stock of St James Rum that had supposedly been distilled at the end of the 19th century. Eventually he discovered proof that this stock, distilled in 1885 and bottled in 1952, did indeed exist. And in 1991, following lengthy discussions, Luca finally managed to acquire the entirety of this stock, which he then released on the Italian market. These selections of rums have since multiplied and led to the birth of exceptional ranges.

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Anonymous published 29/01/2019 following an order made on 18/01/2019


très beau rhum alcool bien intégré belle longueur

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