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Rum Review: R. L. Seale's 10 Year Rum

 
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How do you rate R. L. Seale's 10 Year Rum (5 is best)?
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Capn Jimbo
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2008 1:03 pm    Post subject: Rum Review: R. L. Seale's 10 Year Rum Reply with quote

R. L. Seale's 10 Year Rum: "A Modern Classic"

One of our most memorable experiences was meeting Richard Seale at Robert Burr's Barbadian rum tasting. Seale is the number one producer in Barbados and has committed his distillery to two objectives: (1) modernization and (2) integrity. He has achieved both. Richard led off the tasting with a bit of history and the process of rum making; he then announced that the rum tasting would begin with a "special rum" he'd brought just for the tasting. He advised that he would then ask three questions - anybody who could answer all three correctly would get a bottle of his Seales 10.

Nobody won.

The first question was "Is it cane or molasses based?". Most guessed molasses. Good so far. Second was "Is it pot or continuous stilled?". Most said it was pot stilled. Last question "What is it's age?". Guesses were from 4 to 7 years old. Seale then revealed the answer "It is a brand new, molasses based, continuous stilled rum that I phonied up with molasses, vanilla and some other things"!

His point: a lot of rum, more than you'd ever guess, has been altered with all manner of additives, flavorings, sugar, molasses, et al. Often age statements are based on a minor quantity of rum blended in with marketing more in mind. As Richard put it "They toss a teaspoon of 20 year into a barrel and call it aged".

His presentation was powerful and effective. Last he made clear two facts: (1) any rum he sells must be produced AND bottled at Seale's distillery and (2) every single drop of rum in the bottle must be the age stated. Accordingly, R. L. Seale's 10 Year is at least 10 years old. Every single drop. And now for the review:

Sue Sea:

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I adore R. L. Seale's 10 Year. It's first aroma is of oak, citrus - especially orange - and it is toasty smoky. Later I picked up a bit of raisin, vanilla and almond. Seale's is medium bodied and smooth . And like all fine rums, is completely consistent with its aroma, with tastes of dark orange, light butter and a bit of butterscotch. It's almost like a caramel melting on the tongue. When you finally get to the finish it is dramatic! Hot and smokey but not peppery, not overpowering, extremely pleasant and extremely long lasting. The finish, though consistent with both aroma and taste is clearly the prominent feature, and this is a great thing. To me a great finish is the capper, the dessert, the thing that makes you want more. From aroma, to taste, to finish the Seales builds to a wonderful, dramatic climax.


Me: If you buy by bottle alone you have to own Seale'ss 10 Year and Batuque Cachaca. If you buy by quality, taste and integrity a bottle of Seale's 10 needs to be on your very short list, particularly in the Barbadian category. As Sue Sea so well puts it, Seale's 10 Year is a truly great sipper, a treat and is "a course in itself". Compared to Mount Gay Extra Old, Seales 10 is just as complex but more subtle, smoother and more approachable.

If you are so lucky as to run across this unique bottle, run quickly, grab it and buy it before someone else does. You won't be sorry.

Rating (out of 10): Sue Sea - 10, Jimbo - 9.
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Capn Jimbo
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 5:06 am    Post subject: Keep it up Richard! Reply with quote

Keep it up Richard!

Richard Seale is a force to be reckoned with. If you've gotten this far you'll have appreciated his dedication, commitment to quality and honesty in bottling and advertising.

Turns out he knows a thing or two about marketing.

While Mount Gay Extra Old was dumping over 300 years of tradition and their wonderful, classic bottle design - and almost doubling the price of an already pricey offering, however good, to a mindboggling $50(!)...

Richard decided to lower the price on Seale's 10 Year Rum.

Now keep in mind that Seales 10 is his flagship rum, worthy of carrying the family name. And the only - I repeat only rum that I would pay $39 to own and enjoy. A very special treat, particularly as we are of the notion that world class rums are (and should) be available for $20 to $30, at the most.

His new price? $25! A tour de force. Again, unlike MGXO, who has now priced themselves out of the marketplace, Richard has positioned himself right in the thick of it insofar as most rum afficianados are concerned.

I predict he will sell a schooner full of this top-rated, pure rum. As well he should! Bravo!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Boy, do we feel stupid...


We recently finished a bottle of Seales - on of our long term favorites - and like many of you, found it difficult to throw away one of the more attractive bottles in the market. So while I agonized and looked over the bottle before deciding my eye caught the small lettering that established Seales 10 as...

43%.

What! All these years and we hadn't realized that. Seales is so well done, so well integrated, so smooth that I suppose we just assumed it was 40%. How foolish we were. Any rum that is bottled at higher proofs deserves accolades and attention and we blew it.

Seales 10 is 86 proof. Sorry, friends...
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

2x stupid?


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 6:14 pm    Post subject: Just saying :D Reply with quote

Ran out of RL Seale about a month ago, but bit the bullet and made the long drive to Total Wine to stock up, then stopped to see friends, food shopped, then headed home, put away, fed dog, ...

Finally! Back to the bottle. Rip the silly zip-strip, open and pour a bosun's tot. Mmmmm - great aroma - little sip, that's right, needs air.

So, I put it aside and allow my virtuous self a dessert treat - a Dove mini - a small cylinder of dark chocolate over vanilla or chocolate ice cream - yum. Not thinking reached and took a sip of the rum and YOW - great blast of aromatic spice! (So transient and such a pallet dolt - I think clove and allspice)

Yet another reason for me to love this rum - positive food-reactivity is my favorite feature of a good wine - now I can add my favorite rum to that rare group.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 7:18 pm    Post subject: Yet another flavor Reply with quote

I just went out to the porch on a frigid night (for Atlanta) for a smoke and a last half tot of this fine spirit ready for the usual leather and oak joy. But no, I was kicked the butt by a delightful smoky dying-oak-fire finish that went on and on. Maybe it was the wood smoke in the air on a cool night, but whatever, a new pleasure discovered in my favorite spirit.

Jimbo and Sue elegize the complexity of MGXO, but after a couple of years with Mr. Seale's finest, I am still occasionally surprised and delighted!
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