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Well over 700 aged dark rums enjoyed and Plantation XO 20th Anniversary is easily on my Top 5 list after 15 years. It is sublime, super smooth, no burn at all and contains plenty of amazing flavors. If you haven't tried yet Plantation XO 20th Anniversary, go quickly and get a bottle since it will set a brand new benchmark for your personal rum list.
Nose: Hints of spicy oak on the nose with guava, plenty of coconut and dried banana.
Palate: Spiced, creamy palate entry, with sweet vanilla notes and a lot of caramel.
Finish: Caramel. Toasted oak. Caramel.
Here's my top 30 list:
1. Ron Tres Loco de Vinos from Vinoble Skanderborg
2. Ron Esclavo XO Cask Strength
3. Legendario Gran Reserva 15y
4. Cubaney Centenario 25-30y
5. Companero Panama
6. Ron Esclavo XO
7. Ron Millonario XO and 15y
8. Plantation Barbados XO 20th Anniversary
9. El Dorado 25y
10. Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva and Single Vintage
11. Presidente Marti 23y and 19y
12. Cubaney 18y
13. Pusser's 15y
14. Black Tot
15. El Pasador de Oro XO
16. Bavaro Black Ultra Premium
17. Punta Cana Esplendido
18. Edmundo Dantes 15y
19. Pampero Aniversario
20. Bacoo 12y
21. Ron Esclavo 15y and 12y
22. El Pasador de Oro Gran Reserva
23. Brugal Leyenda
24. Exquisito 1990 and 1995
25. Koloa Kaua'i Coconut
26. Plantation Gran Anejo Guatemala & Belize
27. Unhiq XO
28. Ron Hero 21y Solera
29. Punta Cana XOX
30. Ron Cartavio XO
Maybe its not this special rum, but the Plantation in general, that I am not getting friendship with. But although this is a better Plantation than the usual ones, I am still not excited and prefer other brands.
Plantation 20th Anniversary est un assemblage de plusieurs rums des Barbades, vieillis et sélectionnés par Alexandre Gabriel pour célébrer ses 20 ans passés à la tête de la société Pierre Ferrand. Affiné dans des petits fûts de Cognac au Château de Bonbonnet, ce rhum particulièrement épicé se révèle en bouche d’une gourmandise à laquelle il est difficile de résister.
Profil : fin, précis. Crémeux et vanillé. Empyreumatique (cèdre, bois brûlé). Epices fortes (graine de moutarde, muscade). Capiteux. Poudre de cacao et noix fraîche. Vétiver.
Indbydende, karamelblød, ikke for sød, banan/appelsinagtig med en anelse vanilje, måske chokolade.
Naturlig cremet sød, over normal, men tilpas, ligger længe på tungen.
A very rich sent of fruit and sugar cane greets your nose when dipping it into your glass. Taste reminds of other Plantation rums, but it is so much more elegant and intense. And you can sense a bit of bitter orange as well as a note of coconut. Very tasty and delicate. I always drink my rums straight up and this one is a perfect choice. And the bottle is just stunning (not the same as in the cover photo though, but it is what you can see in other posts here)!
Ein Rum den man gerne auch zwischendurch trinken kann. Nicht zu schwer und nicht zu anspruchsvoll. Ein Erfolgsrum aus dem Hause Plantation.
This is nice to drink neat, even if u never has do so. The wood of this one is special, the first finish add complexity the second, the French oak, a pleassant white pepper like finish, wich is not as powerful as American oak. That combination makes this rum a smooth flavorful journey including coconut, nutmeg and some sweet taste !
A little bite, a little sweetness, and a little oak. Not a very long burn, and it's quite easy on the nose.
I like this one. Enjoyable to drink and enjoy neat.
Tried this twice and now on my 'too buy a bottle of list'. Really nice balance between sweetness, the alcohol an flavour. Zapaca XO and Pusser's 15 just pip it but I will have to line them all up (along with perhaps El Dorado 15) and try them together to see if it beat them.
This rum is almost Spanish in style, that is, not very much oak, but a lot of sweetness and fruity flavours, with a raisin like quality.
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