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Recommendable to most
Smart move bottling it above the standard 80 proof. It's far to smooth to be a slight 40% The extra kick adds some excitement yet remains an easy spirit to sip.
Carmel vanilla and wafts of banana and citrus. Not overly sugary nor dry. An all around non offender. Being just so, a snob might mistakenly think it mundane. Quite the contrary. It's a rum that falls into the realm of standards. A measuring stick, a starting point and I imagine not an easy feat to achieve. When you go too far one way or the other this is a rum that will bring you back to the core of what a well crafted golden rum is and should be.
Deserves more than 8 out of 10 but sometimes your mecca lies beyond the realm of standard. Westerhall Plantation is not that sort of rum but saying so is not a knock rather an admiration.
I like this rum. The aromas of freshly baked pound cake and vanilla cream are tempered by fairly strong, but not unpleasant, alcohol overtones. The cake comes through in the tasting along with pepper, vanilla and honey. Very nice. Deceptively light in color and body, but there's a lot going on here.
This is not a great rum but is still drinkable. It's a raw rum with nothing flavour wise added. Still has a decent body but just doesn't rock my world I'm afraid ..
One comment before I offer my opinions on the rum. I like bottles with wax seals. Gives the bottle an "old school" appeal. But apparently my bottle got a double-dose of navy blue wax making it pretty difficult to open. However when I got it open, I smelled the opening to see what lay in store. It smelled more of plastic but I quickly concluded that aroma was from the double-dose of wax seal rather than the rum itself. Even in a glass the aroma was very subtle...almost nonexistent. This rum was recommended to me by the clerk in the Port St. Joe, Florida liquor store. He said this rum was the only thing the owner of the store drank and so I purchased a bottle since they didn't have the brand of rum I was looking for. This rum is about as golden in color as one can find. Definitely an initial sweetness in flavor followed quickly by some spiciness then the burn...a long, slow burn (it's 43% ABV). Interestingly enough once the burn finally faded I noticed a woodiness to the flavor I presume is from the oak barrels in which it is aged. I can see why the owner of the liquor store likes this so much. Although not my favorite, I feel this is an excellent rum which happens to be extremely versatile. Makes for a good sipping rum as well as a mixer. It definitely adds a good flavor to Coke Zero.
This is one of my favorite light bodied rums. On a hot summer day love to pour a glass and add a few cubes. Find it very smooth and has a wide flavor profile. Pick up motes of toffee, caramel, banana and then a hint of cocoa bean on the back palate,
I was at the ancient structure the rum is made in about thirty years ago. An amazing place to see. You walked into the past when I was there. It was small, intimate and very basic. A true artisan rum. I have bottles that are from that time. The rum is a true sipper. If you don’t rinse the glass the next day it has a nose of pure butter scotch.
With it's pale golden colour, this rum looks more like a Chardonnay wine than a rum. The blue waxed bottle top gives this rum great packaging. Opening the bottle, the rum had only a very faint alcohol citrus scent... Sipping it straight was possible, although it provided little flavour and was accompanied by a slow burn. Easy to drink with an ice cube and some coconut water. This rum tasted like no other rum I've tried, although I can't say that I would recommend it.
Tried the Westerhall Estate Number 10 and Westerhall Plantation Rum back-to-back. The Number 10 rum earned a 7 whereas the Plantation has a much stronger alcohol smell and taste to it. The color is also much lighter than the Number 10. The Plantation struggles to earn a 5.
The color was very golden. The sweet is very inviting with a banana cakey syrup sweetness. Very long legs and slight alcohol on the noise. And nothing to my liking once on my mouth. I thought maybe I should try it with a snifter. To no avail no improvement. I add a droplet of water on one occasion and with a ice cube on the other. Nothing improved. I was torn between getting this or plantation 5 year. Well the top broke off while trying to open the bottle,annoying but no biggie. I mixed it and that's when it showed up for the party. O well I wanted a low level sipper but this will do for my mixing. Join your brother pyrat XO and black magic in the mixing cabinet.
It's getting better. On the nose I notice banana and Citrus. Smooth going down. I'll revisit it again.
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