The Barrel Sample: Berry Bros. & Rudd Foursquare 2010 Sauternes Finish

Here’s a sample of a bottling that seems to be sold out in the UK since its autumn 2021 release. This is a Single Cask selected by London merchants Berry Brothers & Rudd that has been distilled and partially aged at Foursquare Distillery in Barbados.

Molasses based, pot and column still distilled in 2010 and aged for 10 years in a combination of ex-Bourbon cask and Sauternes cask (not sure about the ratio). It was bottled in 2021 with a limited run of 300 releases without and additives or chill filtering.

On the nose it feels quite fruity. Apricots, aloe vera juice, sour cherries and sultanas. Melon, ginger biscuits and cloves. A light rubbery aroma along with some vanilla. Tobacco, honey and plums.

On the palate there’s quite a bit of sweetness coming upfront. Floral honey, white chocolate, unripe plums and stone fruits. White grapefruit, white grapes and white pepper. There’s a sweet and bitter profile similar to a Blanco vermouth. Angelica root, unripe blackberries and a drop of mezcal. The finish is long with sweet floral notes and charred bitter oak.

This is pretty different from most of the Foursquares I tried, with the Sauternes bringing a lot of that white wine influence to it. It’s a bright, well aged rum that has a touch of pleasant bitterness leaving you wanting more. While it’s not available anymore, it retailed at around £95 which is quite good for a Foursquare Single Cask.

Berry Bros. & Rudd Foursquare 2010 Sauternes Finish score:
Flavour/taste: 58/70
Value for money: 15/15
Transparency/purity: 14/15
Overall: 87/100


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