Patrimonio Single Blended Rum
Launched in celebration of the 70th birthday of the Italian company Velier, this is another highly anticipated collaboration between the company’s owner Luca Gargano and the legendary rum-maker Richard Seale of Foursquare.
Patrimonio is a blend of two old Foursquare rums distilled in 2004 and bottled in February 2019. The first was matured for 14 years in ex-Bourbon barrels, and the second is another 14-year-old, but this one spent 10 years in ex-Bourbon casks before being transferred to ex-Oloroso Sherry casks for the remaining four. Neither left the tropical paradise of Barbados while during those 14 years. The warm climate speeds up the maturation, in fact it’s two or three times faster than in Europe, so if you compare this to a Scotch of 20 years or more, it offers incredible value for money. Only 6,000 bottles were filled, and they received no added sugar, flavouring or colouring.
As you’d expect from such an exceptional producer and an ABV of 58%, Patrimonio is rich. It received a lot more pot still liquid than the Empery, also released this year. The sense of sweetness that Richard Seale has achieved here without any additional sugar is incredible. You start with dessert of sherry-soaked raisins, soft brown sugar, crème caramel, grilled pineapple, Bounty bars and spiced mince pies. There’s a combo of cream, vanilla custard and jelly filled with red summer fruit, that recalls childhood trifles, topped with shavings of dark chocolate. Then the finish brings more savoury of Cuban cigars (both the tobacco leaves and the smoke), walking through a forest after a downpour, Kalamata olive tapenade on toast, and much more wood than the Empery. For the moment this is our favourite from Foursquare. But we seem to say that with every new release. That’s the beauty of this distillery.
Foursquare Patrimonio was lovingly crafted in the birthplace of rum by the same family-run distillery that brought you R.L. Seale’s, Doorly’s, Rum Sixty Six and Velvet Falernum. And it’s distributed by rum royalty Velier; the skill of this Genoa-based outfit for uncovering the world’s finest and rarest rums is second to none.
£28.57 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3090985
Style No.: 762333
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