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Here in Quebec, the Original Dark from Plantation is only available via private import, which means you need to buy at least one case at the time and go through an elaborate ordering process.
Luckily for me, I have some very Rum enthusiastic friends, and so last summer I ordered two cases that we shared together.
Priced at 30$ CAD, I personally think the only other product that matches its quality price ratio is the El Dorado 8 yo. All of my friends agree that it is very tasty and extra smooth. I went through practically an entire bottle with one of my friend the 1st time I tasted it, just sipping it on the rocks (beware, it then becomes extra smooth and dangerous, with delicious coffee and chocolate milk flavours).
Since then I used it in Painkillers and to bake some Rum cakes for the Holidays.
Mein 4. Rating:
Der Plantation Original Dark ist irgendwie abgefahren im Geschmack. Aber lest selbst...
Preis: ca. 14-18€
Ganz klar ist hier die Alkoholschärfe des 3-jährigen Havana Clubs zu riechen. Aber da wo dieser keine weitere Note aufweist, überrascht der Plantation Original Dark mit...was ist das?...Banane? Es riecht irgendwie fruchtig und dennoch schwer.
Geschmack pur (Note 3):
Der Geruchseindruck setzt sich hier fort. Allerdings kommt eine gewisse Süße hinzu. Dennoch nicht pur zu genießen, da der Alkohol klar im Vordergrund steht.
Geschmack in Cola (Note 5):
Okay, schmeckt wie beschrieben. Allerdings wird die Alkoholschärfe etwas milder und der Geschmack noch süßer in der Cola. Im Prinzip ist es ein etwas süßerer 3-jähriger Havana Club mit Bananengeschmack(?). Irgendwie anders und abgefahren. Von daher 5 Punkte insgesamt.
Kommt nicht an den Pampero heran.
Decent zipping rum. Nice soft and not to sweet. Flavor doesn’t last long. Little taste of smook and oak is good and my personal favorite tastes.
There are Rums with longer after tastes therefore 7 is high.
Not a smoth easy drink for me as a rum should be. At this price level we cannot ask for more. Still better than others in same price range.
Almost certainly artificial vanilla, slightly off, but there is a nice rum under that. Subtle hints of clove, orange peel, and burnt almond are almost lost under the sugar. Not bad for the price, but I wouldn't return to this.
Not the best idea to put cocktail rum to the congac casks. Brandy aroma mixed with molases doesn't work great if you mix it with juices. It's okay with cola, ginger beer, but not good for mixing, especially if you trying to represent unique tiki mix.
Another point is striking smooth aroma and weak taste and more weak aftertaste.
It is quite smooth and sweetie. You will recognize Jamaica from the first sip. But it is really good for just drinking in company or mix. Slightly fruity afterburn..
Aroma is complex and nice withy sweet wood and black tea tones. Taste is sweet and fruity with plums and cherries.
Aftertaste is average and fruity.
Geschmacksvoll, fruchtig, süß, aber nicht lieblich. Alkoholgeschmack gleich stark vertreten, wie die süß-fruchtigen Aromen.
I like the smell, some caramel notes. Flavor wise is OK for sipping again caramel can be perceived, banana and some orange hints.
Where it really shines is for mixing. Cuba Libre, Old Fashioned rum, you named.
This was my first rum to start experiencing the world of rums. Didn't really like the taste at first but when I got to the end of my 0,7 litre bottle (consumed in about a month not at once :D) my tongue got used to it. Really hard to rate as this was my first rum so I didn't really have a good comparison.
Aroma and flavor are both muted. Soft molasses, slightly medicinal. Soft sweetness. Did a decent job as a mixer in a cocktail but it is the least impressive member of the Plantation family that I've had so far. Respectible as a mixer. Not recommended as a sipper at all. Affordable but there are better rums in this price range that are both much better sippers and much more flavorful in cocktails. I give a generous 6 but more of a 5.5.
This stuff tastes like it is of much higher proof than it actually is, so if that's your game this one for you. Very affordable and I like it quite a bit as a "Dark & Stormy". The ginger ale cools it off and allows for the back flavors to come out. I got floral and orange flavors while my buddy said he got almonds and caramel, go ?
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