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Posted over 4 years ago by Pascal from Canada with 181 ratings

rhum très complexe au niveau du gout et de la senteur, j'adore les rhum de cette région. Au gout on ressent un mélange de cannelle, le bois, caramel, sucre brun (donc un rhum sucré). Assez complexe a d écrire, c est ce qui le rend spécial.

Posted over 3 years ago by Marc Cardinal from Belgium with 401 ratings

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.

Posted over 2 years ago by Snookerman from United Kingdom with 121 ratings

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.

Posted over 2 years ago by Joola69 from United States with 2555 ratings

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.

Posted over 2 years ago by Beukeboom from United States with 305 ratings

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.

Posted almost 3 years ago by martin jeppesen from Denmark with 229 ratings

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.

Posted over 4 years ago by Chevalivier from Canada with 15 ratings

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.

Posted over 4 years ago by mistercoughy from United States with 239 ratings

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.

Posted over 4 years ago by Per Rosenhave from Denmark with 173 ratings

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)

Posted 3 months ago by Tomex from Lithuania with 3 ratings

Enjoyed every second spent tasting this amazing drink.

Posted 4 months ago by Simon_W from Switzerland with 8 ratings

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.

Posted 4 months ago by Isegal from Germany with 81 ratings


Posted 7 months ago by mswoodruff (PREMIUM) from Singapore with 16 ratings

Has some sweetness and an enjoyable pour - I believe they add sugar as is often their case

Small fact from plantation “Guyana is the only rum in the Plantation range to have sugar cane syrup as its raw material ”

Posted 8 months ago by mattrensa (PREMIUM) from United Kingdom with 20 ratings

Really enjoyed this rum, nice on the nose, lovely golden colour, slightly sweet taste, some people say its over sugared but u enjoyed it. Not as good as El Dorado 12yr which is in the same price point but we'll worth trying if you enjoy El Dorado, Abuelo, Flor de Cana or Diplamatico you should like this one. It's good neat, allow to breath in the glass first, not as long a finish as El Dorado or Abuela but still a nice sipper. Also good in a Dark n Stormy.

Posted 10 months ago by Dan-Fix from Sweden with 113 ratings

Not the biggest fan of Guyana rum but this one is great. Better than Eldorado 12, more sharpness to it with a balanced sweetness. Good stuff 😀

Posted 10 months ago by Smovens from United States with 87 ratings

This rum is overpacked with oak so much that it tastes exactly like a sweeter bourbon

Posted about 1 year ago by Calmar from Russian Federation with 25 ratings

Цвет - Тёмный янтарь.

Аромат - Сдержанный, плотный, сочные пряные нотки тростника, почти переходящие в запах солёного сала с чесноком, карамель, не Сент-Лусия, конечно, но ожидания самые позитивные.

Тело - Округлое, маслянистое.

Вкус - Мягкий, бархатный, леденцы, тростник, пряности, весьма сладкий, но не назвал бы его десертным, имбирь, солёные нотки, довольно много дуба.

Послевкусие - Мягкое, карамельное, маслянистое с дубовой терпкостью.

Вывод - Хороший ром, расслабленный, бархатный, но плотный, с твёрдой основой, не субтильный и не водянистый.

Оценка - 8/10

Posted over 1 year ago by Tomy from Romania with 388 ratings

one of the best. Simple and complex. It is almost liquer like in its sweetness, just before the sugar overpowers you the spices and sharp cigar like note cuts through leaving a finnish that is out of this world. The best rum in its price range in my opinion. With this I understand how pirates could stay for days on a random beach just drinking outstanding rum

Posted almost 2 years ago by Krobbe13 from Sweden with 87 ratings

Lite stickig i doften,, men smaken är kryddig och god. Ganska lång eftersmak. Mellan 6 & 7 i betyg. Jag blir sällan besviken på Plantation.

Posted almost 2 years ago by Janis from Latvia with 14 ratings

Nice aroma, bit toxic like ant poison I use. Lemon barel and deep malty notes. Harsh at the beginning and long warming at the end. Very good qualityproduct

Posted about 2 years ago by Tinyhunter from Switzerland with 26 ratings

This has a hint of whisky stil with little sweetness. Nice light brown color with a hint of smoke

Posted about 2 years ago by Nicoakr from France with 99 ratings

Powerful in the nose with sweet notes. Rpund in mouth but somehow too typical with a feeling of deja bu!

Posted about 2 years ago by Jesper Mazanti from Denmark with 125 ratings

Colour light.
Smell i ok.
Taste is ok.
Aftertaste is ok.

Posted over 2 years ago by Jonte Json from Sweden with 111 ratings

A sweetened rum. Normally not my cup of tea, but I have to admit that it was not bad at all

Posted over 2 years ago by Mathieu from Canada with 51 ratings

Very nice petrol notes on the nose and on the palate.
Some youth is noticeable but its not bothersome.


As the glass sits (or my mouth numbs), a lingering syrup taste gradually dominates the palate... A plantation signature it seems.