Fortuitous Union Batch 002: Finished in a Woodford Double Oak Cask


Classification: Blend of Rye and Rum Finished in Used Bourbon Barrels

Company: Rolling Fork Spirits

Distillery: Sourced from MGP, Foursquare, and undisclosed rum distilleries in Jamaica and Dominican Republic

Release Date: February 2023

Proof: 110.2

Age: NAS

Mashbill: 85% Rum (Blend of Foursquare Distillery, Undisclosed Jamaican & Dominican Republic Rum), 15% MGP Rye (95% Rye, 5% Malted Barley)

Color: Hay

MSRP: $55 (2023)

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Heavy molasses | Anise | Christmas spices | Hints of cinnamon stick | Classic funky notes of Foursquare Rum | Rum forward


Brown sugar | Charred oak | Rich syrup | Chewy leather | Slight rye spice | Hints of baked bread | Good mouthfeel | Rum forward


Anise | Blackstrap molasses | Wet oak | Burst of rye spice heat | Lingering Foursquare rum aftertaste


More rum than whiskey, Fortuitous Union Batch 002 Finished in a Woodford Double Oak Cask is a fun and unique bottle that comes with one massive caveat.

The original release of Fortuitous Union was said to be a true accident which resulted in a blend of 60% rum with 40% rye. For Batch 002, the company purposefully blended rum and rye whiskey together, focusing on an even more rum-forward blend this time around. The company states that “the rum and whiskey were blended in a stainless-steel tank and allowed to sit for a period of 3 days. Wheated bourbon, rye whiskey, and toasted bourbon casks were filled with the blend and allowed to age in a warehouse for 20 months. Following the additional cask maturation period, a small batch of three toasted bourbon casks and one wheated bourbon cask was blended. The small batch code is SMB-2022. In addition to the small batch, single cask blends of wheated bourbon cask (barrel code WLR), rye whiskey (barrel codeTHH), and toasted bourbon (barrel code WDO) were bottled.”

It needs to be stated that I’m a huge fan of Foursquare rum, and this has a very prominent Foursquare profile. It starts with a really nice nose that is full of classic rum scents along with an interweaving of Christmas spices and cinnamon. It’s super easy to drink, delivering a palate and finish that are full of rum notes, along with a nice addition of rye spice. The finishing in the Woodford Double Oak barrel seems to mellow out the blend resulting in an even-keeled sip.

This is going to be a love-it-or-hate-it bottle for most. More rum than rye, and with the company confirming that the predominant portion of the rum blend is Foursquare, this is certainly different tasting. If you’re a fan of rum, specifically Foursquare rum with their very unique flavor profile, along with rye, you’re going to find this incredibly unique. However, if you don’t like rum, or you don’t like Foursquare rum, this bottle will be hard to get behind. Personally, I’m a fan of how this came together, but I’m also very cognizant that it won’t be for everyone.

The sample used for this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy its respective company. We thank them for allowing us to review it with no strings attached.
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Written By: Jordan Moskal

April 25, 2023
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