So these rum reviews are starting to get more frequent. I’m slowly developing a sense of the various styles and flavours and what I like. Last week the Israeli Rum Club met up for a Foursquare evening. The bottles were all worth getting excited over, but one particular one I’d seen a lot of fanfare over was this Triptych stuff.
I still don’t really take rum notes at these evenings but this one just spoke to me, very clearly. It’s a bottling by Foursquare with some input (and bottle style) from the well-known bottler Velier. A triptych is one of those paintings made up of 3 separate frames, and this rum is a (single) blend made up of three different barrels: 2004 ex-Bourbon, 2005 ex-Madeira and 2007 Virgin Oak, get it?
It kicked up quite a fuss upon release and is now quite sought after on the secondary market apparently.
Aged 9 years (youngest component rum). 56% ABV. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at batch strength.
Nose: Icing sugar. Cashew. Orange peel. Orange liqueur. Wood oils. Mercurichrome. Red apples. Plums. Sultanas.
Palate: Dry wood. Guava fruit leather. Plum pudding. Vanilla. Burned sugar. Woodspice becomes quite dominant on the swallow.
Finish: Long. Dark fruits. Molasses. Woodspice. Very “rummy” (like that rum flavourant you get for baking).
Would I buy this: Yes
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
I was really taken by this rum. It had so many notes that I really liked and it really is the kind of thing that could take the place of many a good whisky on my favourites list. Just plain good work, good rum in good casks.