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Recommendable to most
Nice bright bronze color with a nose on exotic fruits, citrus (orange) and honey. The mouth is warm, honey and pastry always on the citrus. A rather short finale.
At first, I thought this was ok, but not really my thing, but then it started to grow on me just a little. It's one of those rums that's got quite a bit of whisky about it. That suits some people and not others. I found it had a strong whiff of alcohol and had a slight tatse of bitter apple, smoke and earthiness. It also ended with an alcoholic burn. I'll drink it, but if you want this sort of rum, the best I've tasted so far - by a mile is the Mount Gay Black Barrel. That may taste like whisky too, but it has lots of layers and depth. Having said that, this is decent and I think I may try it with a cigar.
Guyana has so much more better rums to offer. What a disappointment the Plantation Guyana 2005 really was. There are multiple El Dorado rums which are much better than this one, and much easier to find. Weird rubbery smell, mish mash of flavors and a nasty burn at the end. Struggles to make a 4 score.
According to the Plantation website: "Plantation Guyana is the only rum in the Plantation range to have sugar cane syrup as its raw material. From a long fermentation, then distilled in a Charente alambic pot still and finally aged in bourbon casks a fine balance is earned. Bottled at 45% it’s a “masterpiece of harmony and power” according to Paul Pacult in the Spirit Journal (April 2015)"
The 90 proof is definitely noticeable but I'll get to that in a moment.
I'm going to be brief over the first couple of items. Firstly, I like the aroma. It is rather intense with a slight floweriness to it. Almost honeysuckle. It is a rich amber hue with excellent legs.
An aside (please bear with me): I enjoy honey and I am fortunate enough to live in the region that produces the very rare Tupelo honey which is made during a very short season. I usually obtain my Tupelo honey from a couple of sources here in Florida (Apalachicola, FL and Wewahitchka, FL) and enjoy it throughout the year.
With that being said I would swear this rum has Tupelo honey in it. Almost like a Tupelo honey mead. There is ample woodiness to it and a marked pepperiness. A nice caramel undertone. The finish The 90 proof creates a solid, but not overwhelming, burn in the back of the throat. Still rather smooth. There is a sweetness to it that is clearly sugaring. I've had worse but I'd probably have given it a slightly higher rating if they hadn't sugared it so noticeably giving it a caramel candy undertone. But sugaring is the norm with Plantation rums. Sometimes it works and sometimes, like in this case, it doesn't work as well. I would love to sample this rum before the sugaring. Don't get me wrong, this is a good rum but IMHO probably could have been better.
Overall, it's a good sipping rum. Something different to try.
A potent and lovely amber colored rum. The nose is slightly smokey, almost peated, alongside notes of eucalyptus, rock sugar, rubber and green bananas.
It's spicy in the mouth. Starts of with a slight sweetness, like dissolved sugar or honey, transitioning into menthol, rubber and somewhat smokey oak, with a bittersweet, tingling quality, almost like chili oil.
A special and enjoyable medium bodied rum that feel's a little "untamed". Depends on the mood.
Tasted a few times, last time in November at a Plantation event hosted by the brand Ambassador. The Plantation Guyana is always quite a surprise, especially in a "blind" (my Sommellerie teacher would say anonymous) tasting.
Produced by the huge Demerara Distillers Limited, it starts with an unusually long two weeks molasses fermentation. It is then distilled in a Vendome Pot still, aged in used bourbon cask for a few years locally and finished in Cognac cask back in France.
Result is intense, with some smoky even peated notes. At first it could easily be mistaken for a Scotch Whisky. Also some delicious fig, caramel and currants aromas. Dense mouth feel, cardamom and bitter orange flavours. Harmonious. Long finish on an apricot note.
The El Dorado 12 and 15yo rums are tasty, albeit loaded with sugar. This batch, on the other hand, is nowhere near as complex or delicious and it's twice the price of the 12. Certainly not a bad sipper but it should be much better. And it shouldn't have any perfume overtones. It does.
It's okay, but it's not remotely among my favorites.
Jeg er og blive vild med Plantion serien! - Så må bare eje så mange jeg nu kan af dem (tegnebogen bestemmer) - Har kommet til at købe dobblet op af en anden, så den skal liiiiiige smages først (Barabados 20 XO)
In Donn Beach's rum list Demerara rums are described as high in esters. So after having made aquaintance with various El Dorado blends up to the 8 yo. I thought I'd have to try a pure pot still Demerara rum like this Plantation filling from 2005. Surprisingly it struck me as more lightly flavoured than the El Dorado 8 yo and not as nutty. Which makes some sense, as this has spent only 7 years in the tropics and only in Bourbon casks. But while it was less powerful, it had a very nice, more subtle flavour reminiscent of toffee. So for a cocktail like Donn Beach's Navy Grog I prefer this subtle, delicious Demerara rum over the rather rough El Dorado 8 yo.
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