The Barrel Sample: Foursquare Isonomy – Mark XX

This is The Barrel Sample review number 30 for the Foursquare Exceptional Cask number 20 – Isonomy. Having googling the name I found out the translation being “The principle of equality before the law of all the subjects or citizens of the state.”

This is the oldest rum ECS rum from Foursquare so far so I’m exceptionally excited to try the sample I’ve been given!

Molasses based, pot and column distilled and aged in ex-Bourbon barrels for 17 years in the tropical climate of Barbados. Bottled at 58% ABV and free of additives or chill filtering.

On the nose it feels incredibly aromatic. Sour cherries, red apple pie, dusty old books and furniture polish. Raisins, stem ginger and a hint of nail varnish. Dried fruits, allspice, overripe pineapple and almonds. My mouth is watering… New leather, tobacco and dark woody notes. Feels so rich!

On the palate the dried fruits are back. Dried figs, dried peaches and raisins. Luxardo cherries, almonds, walnuts and charred molasses-y oak. Cacao nibs dipped in maple syrup and a drop of nail varnish. Has so much going on and I’m really enjoying this! Dried hibiscus, nutmeg and cloves. Some passion fruit and banana as well. The finish is long with allspice and dried fruits.

What a beautiful tipple! I compared it briefly against Nobiliary and I have to say Isonomy packs some more bite – in a good way. The wood is well integrated and the combo of dried fruits and wood spices makes me want so much more. Potentially my favourite Foursquare so far!

I hope I can get a bottle whenever it hits the UK market. I will give it the maximum score for price-point as all ECS have always been reasonably priced.

Foursquare Isonomy – Mark XX score:
Flavour/taste: 62/70
Value for money: 15/15
Transparency/purity: 15/15
Overall: 92/100

Cheers!


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