Foursquare Sagacity 12 Years Old 2005 Mark XI 48% NV
|Serie||Exceptional Cask Selection|
|Cask Type||Refill Bourbon & Madeira Cask|
Serge Valentin (90)
Indeed we’re a little late again, but remember we haven’t got much space for rum in these pages. This baby’s seen Madeira casks, but Madeira can work with whisky, so it should work with proper rum too. Aren’t Madeira casks the Ronaldos of wood? (subtle nudge, isn’t it). Colour: amber. Nose: yes, the combination works very well, as expected. Walnut cake covered with some gewurztraminer icing, and filled with bitter marmalade and, naturally, ‘rum’. Lovely touches of gingerbread too. This Sagacity seems to be pretty smart (S., pff). Mouth: rather nervous and tight at first, which are assets, then rounder and cake-ier, with some peanut oil. More gingerbread, honey cookies, then the expected walnuts and mustard, from the Madeira I suppose. Everything works in sync here, it’s an excellent rum. Finish: rather long, with some spicy cookies, perhaps. Cloves… Comments: firm and probably appealing both to newcomers and to seasoned rum enthusiasts. BTW, bual, malmsey, sercial or verdelho? We’ll soon publish a Benrinnes session that may tell you more about those very different varietals… in the meantime, let me have a wee glass of this awesome little Sagacity before we go on… (of course we should never do that, but there).