R L Seales 10 Year Old Rum is a golden rum made on Barbados at the Foursquare Rum Distillery. As of early 2017 the bottling for the UK market is bottled at 46% abv and is marked as “Export Proof 46% Alc/Vol” and “West Indies Imported”. This increase in alcohol increases the viscosity in the mouth and generally beefs up the aromas and flavours of the rum.
RL Seale is one of Barbados oldest trading houses, a family-owned business whose involvement in rum-making extends from father-to-son since 1820. Current head distiller, Richard Seale, is one of the regions most innovative distillers and blenders and has a passion for producing perfect rum with great flavour. The Foursquare Distillery occupies the site of a former sugar factory that dates back to 1636 and, as one of the most modern and efficient rum distilleries in the world, is designed to be both highly energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Rum has been produced on the island of Barbados for more than 300 years, but it was not until the 1906 Rum Duty Act was passed that the industry began to develop as we know it today. Prior to this, distillation took place on many of the plantations, but the new law meant the distilleries had to obtain a licence and could sell only in bulk. Hence many of the Bridgetown trading companies became bottlers, including Martin Doorly & Co, and the growth of branded names began. Martin Doorly evolved into Doorlys Macaw Rum, and became the first bottled rum exported from the island. Doorlys rums are still famous throughout the world and are made at one of the worlds most modern rum distilleries, Foursquare
Distillery. R L Seales 10 Year Old Rum is presented in a peculiar lop-side bottle which is based on an old leather flask design that was common amongst sailors a few hundred years ago. This rum was previously known as Old Brigand and, I believe, still is on the domestic market.