Foursquare Criterion Rum

Exceptional Cask Selection Mark V Single Blended Rum Product of Barbados Exclusive to The Whisky Exchange in the UK

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Criterion is the fifth entry in Foursquare's limited-edition Exceptional Cask Selection range: incredible rums specially chosen by master distiller Richard Seale. It combines both pot-still and twin-column-still rums, aged for 10 years in a mixture of ex-bourbon and ex-Madeira casks. The resulting blend is spicy and complex, with a rich body and character – winner of a Gold Medal at the International Spirits Competition 2017.

Foursquare Criterion Rum

Tasting Notes

by Billy Abbott, The Whisky Exchange

Intense brown sugar and roasted tropical fruit to start – pineapples and bananas. Salted caramel and baking spices follow, with nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon joined by a hint of sweet butter. Underneath are sharper notes of candied lemon, and sweet and sour toffee apples.
A burst of Crunchie bars is balanced by touches of barrel char. Caramel runs through the middle with singed sultanas and apples leading the way to medicinal touches that quickly fade under a Portuguese custard tart onslaught. Oaky tannins dry out the sides of the mouth while sweet fruit builds in the middle: more toffee apple and banana.
Mouth-watering, with dark chocolate, treacle toffee and Crunchie bars sat alongside stewed apple and barrel-char bitterness.
Intense, with sweetness balanced by hints of char. The cask influences really make themselves known, with the dual attack of toffee and custard tarts harking back to their previous occupants.
Foursquare Criterion Rum

About Foursquare

Foursquare is owned and run by RL Seale and Company, a family business now into its fourth generation. Already well known as rum traders, in 1996 the family took over an abandoned sugar factory and turned it into a distillery – Foursquare.

Over the past decade, the company has continued to grow and Foursquare rums have become known as some of the best in the world. The distillery's rums include Foursquare, Doorly's, Rum Sixty Six and Old Brigand. Master distiller Richard Seale is an outspoken figure in the rum world, and is pushing the boundaries of rum making while staying true to traditional production.


14 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    28 September 2021


  • 5
    22 November 2017

    WOW, what a total pleasure this rum was to drink. It was outstanding, and our friends agreed who we shared it with.

  • 5
    26 October 2017

    Fantastic rum that shows what real rum really is like.

  • 5
    20 October 2017

    After halph an hour resting in the glass, this rhum is absolutly amazing. Very complexe and fully aromatic this is clearly one of my top five of the year...

  • 5
    20 September 2017

    Great rum

  • 5
    6 September 2017

    Encore une excellente sortie chez Foursquare, espirons qu'ils multiplient les BDF. L'incontournable de la rentre.

  • 5
    1 September 2017

    Delicous,I would highly recommend to all rum lovers.On my Top 10 list of my rum

  • 5
    10 August 2017

    there should be a class for Foursquare alone- because other rums, the ones that are caramel colored, have sugar added, often glycerin lots of chill-filtration employed- are just not in the same league. They are manipulated... end of story. Foursquare is not manipulated. It is rum that speaks to excellence, not to trends.

  • 5
    3 August 2017

    Really superb! Another great rum from the Foursquare masters.

  • 5
    18 July 2017

    A truly amazing rum. And in my case the best rum I have ever tasted in this price tag, it could easily have cost twice and I would still buy it...... Richard Seale is a pure wizard ....

  • 5
    6 July 2017

    A fantastic rum that hits the back of the palate with strong but developing flavours. I would highly recommend to all rum lovers.

  • 5
    5 July 2017

    Monster Rum. Delicous

  • 5
    30 June 2017

    Marvellous - I think the best of the exceptions series which are all first class. The development is extraordinary and the finish goes on and on

  • 5
    28 June 2017

    Truly an extraordinary spirit- the more volatile esters start playing flute notes from the moment you put it in the glass, and the mouth is a 30 second firework show, with surprises which keep coming. A genuinely great rum.