“Redoutable” is a brand new launch from Barbados’ famed Foursquare Distillery, and it’s a mix of two distinct rums, each 14 years of age and produced on website (therefore “single blended”). One is aged completely in ex-bourbon Barrels, one completely in ex-Madeira barrels. The completed mix is bottled at cask energy, 61% abv.
That could be a wild composition on paper, and should you’re searching for a rum that may problem your expectations within the glass, look no additional. The Madeira part is apparent from the beginning, providing a pointy, intensely oxidized, and fairly winey nostril that muscle tissue any extra conventional rum components to the facet. Scorching with notes of bitter cherries, mulling spices, and a prolonged slick of oak, it’s straightforward to see why this was blended with a bourbon barreled rum as an alternative of bottled outright as a Madeira-aged bottling solely.
That unmistakable Madeira character is nicely represented on the palate, persevering with the sultry oxidized wine theme, with notes of toffee, scorched espresso, and burnt sugar all in impact. There’s a definite word of overripe fruit — apples and a few citrus — although it doesn’t actually sweeten up the expertise as a result of overwhelming abv. Conventional spice notes of cloves and cinnamon linger on the end, however that heavy, typically overbearing wine character by no means fades from view. All advised, it may be a bit a lot.